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Old 09-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #1
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Leaving fridge on

I have my RV parked on the farm, in the woods. Now leaving the fridge on all the time. Defrost as needed.

Is it a probem to have it on all the time? Are they designed to run continues?

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #2
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We leaves ours on from May to October. Anyone who is seasonal leaves theirs on so should not be an issue.

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Old 09-15-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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my fridge is a household type so I dont think it hurts it to run all the time. I do however shut the breaker off if I am not going to use it for a while. I dump or save the ice from the ice maker, then shut the ice maker off, leave the doors open until it is completly dry inside then shut the doors for storage. I do this just to save on electricity. My bus is always plugged into a 30 amp plug in its "barn"
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:58 AM   #4
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We ran ours 24/7 for 11 years while we full timed.
Now that we are in our house I have turned it off. I am not sure why.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:14 PM   #5
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You don't say what kind of refrigerator. If it is a Norcold with all of the fire problems, I would NOT leave that one running and unattended. A 33 Million $ lawsuit was just settled due to the fire problems.

If it is residential type, I leave mine running all the time.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:05 PM   #6
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If not being used, ours is off.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:07 PM   #7
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Depending on your rates , an Rv refrigerator can run up an average $25-30 a month electric bill

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Old 09-15-2014, 02:14 PM   #8
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Ours has been on 24/7/365 for almost the whole time we've owned the rig. Did have to replace the cooling unit though.
Next will be to replace the whole fridge as I can't buy new door gaskets and mine are breaking apart.
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #9
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An RV Fridge is an absorption cooling unit,, If you drive around a bit you may well find a "Meat Locker" place where people who buy a side of beef store it, or hunters store their kills, till they are ready to bring it home and put it in the freezer there.

Many of these are also using Absorption cooling, the exact same system as on your RV, only much, much, larger.. And many have been operating continuously (Save for the odd maintenance or power fail shut down) since well before your dad met your mom.

Yes, they can run constantly
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:02 PM   #10
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We leave ours on all the time when we're home. We keep it on AC so we don't use the propane.

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