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Old 07-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #1
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How early to turn fridge on?

Heading out Friday.....with forecast highs around 105 for today and early should I turn the fridge on?

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:55 AM   #2
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Now, would be a good time. I always keep two bottles of frozen water to put in mine when I start it to cooling to aid in the process. When we had our PUP I would start it up about two days prior to heading out. Now we have the tt, I plug it in anytime and slowly start adding things. Happy camping....

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:10 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by ryand
Heading out Friday.....with forecast highs around 105 for today and early should I turn the fridge on?
24 hrs before minimum.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:46 AM   #4
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Even the manual says it will take a minimum of 4 hours to begin getting cold from initial start up.

Day before at a minimum and I pack the freezer with ice in plastic bags to give it a head start before putting food in it.

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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we always turned ours on 2 days before. now I just leave it on all the time (on electric), really doesnt cost all that much.

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:56 AM   #6
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I would hook up to AC and turn on the fridge today so that its cool by the time we wish to load the fridge and freezer on Thursday (to depart on Friday morning).
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:01 AM   #7
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We use to have a TT that we would have to turn on the fridge at least a day or 2 before. With our old fiver I could turn it on first thing in the morning and 8 hours later it was cold and starting ice in trays if you put something cold inside. If it normally takes a bit for yours to get cold with this heat I think I would give it 24 hours or the night before when it is cooler outside. (probably hard to cool it down with the heat in the middle of the day and not having the ac on in the camper.) Maybe put a bag of ice in it too like the others to help it along a little faster.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:04 AM   #8
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Mine will get pretty near as cold as it's gonna get in about 6 hours on LP.
Slightly longer on AC.
If you want to be sure, turn it on 1 day ahead.
IF your refer takes 2 days to get cold it's got a problem IMO.


I read here where some folks leave theirs on AC all the time. That's fine if you
full time but I am old school. I believe these RV ammonia units have a definite
life span and I'm not going to leave mine on when it's not needed for days or
weeks at a time.
Just my opinion and not based on any research at all...... plus at my home I
lower the tongue jack so the roof really drains well.
I wouldn't want my refer running that much out of level.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:34 AM   #9
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I turn my on the evening before we leave using propane. It should be down to the correct temperature in the morning.

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I'm one of those that leave mine on all the time. I turn it on in April and usally turn it off at the end of October. I have been doing it that way for the last 30 years and have never had an issue.

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