We are on a seasonal site that we occupy 7 days on/7 days off (my work schedule). We had a dorm size fridge outside that sat on a table and was plugged in the outdoor outlet. We left it plugged in when we were gone and had very few items in it (soda/water). It worked fine the first couple of weeks but then the 3rd week the motor seemed to burn out. I noticed the fan making a loud noise in the morning. When we inspected it we noticed there was a styrofoam container that had been kind of pushed up against the fan. Once it was moved the noise stopped but then so did the fridge
Personally I think the styrofoam overheated the motor or something but my DH wonders if the dorm size fridges are just not meant to be outside. I disagree only because I see them all over the campground.
Any thoughts/comments/suggestions greatly appreciated before we go and purchase another. If you do indeed use a dorm size fridge outside, do you leave it plugged in when you're gone for a period of time (we do not leave our awning out when we leave so it is exposed to the elements but I've seen others do the same (just not sure if they leave their fridges plugged in when they do this).
Thank you in advance for any help you may have to offer
Jen & Scott