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Old 07-12-2016, 07:23 AM   #1
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Leave fridge on or not when storing between trips?

Another in a series of newbie questions ... what do you leave plugged in and power on when storing the coach between trips? My partner and I are having on ongoing debate as to whether to leave an empty fridge running while our new Forester MBS 2401W sits in covered storage facility between trips. Does the fact that we live in hot, humid Houston TX make a difference in the answer compared if we were in a less mildew-prone environment?

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:38 AM   #2
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If your emptying the fridge then you can keep it off. just prop open the door and put in some backing soda boxes to keep odors down. if you leave the fridge closed with nothing in it then there is possibility of mold starting. best to crack the door open to let air cycle thru it. We always have something in our fridge and leave it running as we are stationary at a campground with the electric plugged in.

To run a fridge with nothing in it doesn't make much sense to me...

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If your emptying the fridge then you can keep it off. just prop open the door and put in some backing soda boxes to keep odors down. if you leave the fridge closed with nothing in it then there is possibility of mold starting. best to crack the door open to let air cycle thru it. We always have something in our fridge and leave it running as we are stationary at a campground with the electric plugged in.

To run a fridge with nothing in it doesn't make much sense to me...

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:06 AM   #4
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I agree, leave it off and prop it open, my fridge and probably yours as well has tabs that will keep it from fully closing while we are not using it. This allows it to dry out completely and reduce the probability of odors and mold.
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And, be aware that on some models, when door is open the interior light stays on. You may want to remove the bulb if leaving the door open.
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And, be aware that on some models, when door is open the interior light stays on. You may want to remove the bulb if leaving the door open.
good point, but If you use those slide out tabs the doors should close enough to keep the light off (at least in my case it does) and still allow some airflow to keep things dry.
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And, be aware that on some models, when door is open the interior light stays on. You may want to remove the bulb if leaving the door open.
I agree. I remove those bulbs anyway, because I boondock quit a bit and they just use up energy, esp. if "someone" leaves the door open
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When stored we empty fridge and use those tabs to prop open. We also leave a few gallons of water and chemicals in the grey/black tanks. Have a battery disconnect on the negative side that shuts off all power to everything.
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Definitely turn off. Let freezer defrost and wipe out water condesate. Then prop doors open with the blue clips to allow to fully dry. Otherwise you will get mold.
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You guys are The Bomb! Thanks a bunch!


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