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Old 07-16-2019, 05:11 PM   #1
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Turn off or leave on...fridge

We have a short turn around between trips and wandered what others do as far as how long would you let your fridge run plugged into your house on 110 between trips
1 week, 2 weeks 3 weeks ect ? Or do you turn it off and empty?
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:16 PM   #2
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We keep ours plugged in May - Oct, basically stocked.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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if im not using if for more then a week I turn off. (residential fridge). I let a friend live in my camper in my yard last fall. (no a/c) cost me about 50-60$ a month to have the unit plugged in with fridge and invertor running all the time.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:40 PM   #4
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your fridge really doesn't 'care' whether you leave it plugged in, ON I assume... as it doesn't know 'when' you are going on your next trip, etc... it just works.

some of us would not like to have to 'clear everything out' between trips, especially if we have access to 120v power nearby... that's a nice convenience.

Fridges are designed to be plugged in and run for YEARS, so whatever decision you choose will not make any big impact one way or the other, but it sure is nice to ALREADY have a cold fridge when you get ready to go. (or to use as an 'extra' fridge while at home!)
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:53 PM   #5
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Ours is plugged in and running all summer, even if we won’t be going anywhere for a couple weeks. We just take perishable stuff out. It’s great to be able to grab a cold drink out of the outside fridge if I’m working outside too!
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:51 AM   #6
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We never turn our RV fridge off. They get turned on when we leave the dealer, and are only turned off once or twice a year to defrost them. We figure that it's good as an emergency backup if we ever need it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:32 PM   #7
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We leave ours on most of the time. If it's not going to be used for a long stretch we'll turn it off but hate hauling the staples in and out.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:44 PM   #8
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:08 PM   #9
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We camp about once per month-ish. Always empty and turn off fridge between trips.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:43 PM   #10
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That almost seems impossible.
$50-$60 per month for a modern frig?
I could believe it it AC was running.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:54 PM   #11
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Ours is plugged in and stocked mid May to mid October. Costs us about $25 per month in extra hydro costs which I find well worth it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:35 PM   #12
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We turn off unit and take in cold stuff as soon as returning home. We turn unit back on night before leaving to camp, its always cold in the morning.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:07 PM   #13
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Smile Fridge Plugged In

My motorhome is in storage more than we use it (unfortunately) and I have it plugged into the storage facility's AC power and the Norcold four door refrigerator (two freezer, two fridge compartments) turned on 24/7. As long as the storage facility is paying the electric bill - why not?
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your fridge really doesn't 'care' whether you leave it plugged in, ON I assume... as it doesn't know 'when' you are going on your next trip, etc... it just works.

some of us would not like to have to 'clear everything out' between trips, especially if we have access to 120v power nearby... that's a nice convenience.

Fridges are designed to be plugged in and run for YEARS, so whatever decision you choose will not make any big impact one way or the other, but it sure is nice to ALREADY have a cold fridge when you get ready to go. (or to use as an 'extra' fridge while at home!)
I agree. But if we are home for more than a week, we will usually shut it off (leave it open till it warms up) and take it to the storage area. There is no right or wrong, that's just our personal preference.
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I turn mine off in late November after college football is over, and turn it on last week of January to get ready to go to Florida for rest of winter!
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Our driveway has a considerable slope and we can't get the TT perfectly level - the electric tongue jack would need 1-2 inches more travel. Therefore we turn the fridge off between trips to avoid damaging it.
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I've got a residential fridge now but leave it on 100% of the time and the camper plugged in at home. It hasn't been turned off since I bought the camper last September, all through the Ohio winter. I did the same in the travel trailer I traded in for the 7 years I owned it and it was a 2 way RV frig (Propane and electric) 24/7, 365 for 7 years. Always had condiments, a couple bottles of wine, some water bottles and a few brown pops in it ice cold. Freezer had ice cream and some pizza rolls in case I got "hangry" while I was out there working on something or acting like I was and hiding from the Mrs. ;-)

Never and issue with either frig.
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Since we RV at least 8 days each month - we NEVER turn our refrigerator off (except one time it was in the shop for about 10 days). We have a residential fridge and basically use it as our "corner store" - so frequently my wife will ask me to "run to the store in the drive way and get some mustard from the fridge...or ground meat from the freezer".
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Every fridge that has ever gone out on me went out while not powered on. Last year when we were fixing to go to the beach and brought the camper home to load up, it was rather disappointing when the fridge would not cool down over night.... After that, I decided to never power down the fridge again!
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