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Old 03-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Our three night maiden voyage in a 99 Winnebago Chieftain is coming to an end. When we park it tonight I was thinking of keeping the RV plugged in the the home 15amp. Is it advantageous to keep the refrigerator running? I had always been told the household refrigerators shouldn't be left unpowered. Is it a concern for an RV unit.
Any and all thoughts and hints about anything to do with storing, would be greatly appreciated.

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If you decide to turn it off just make sure the doors remain open. Mold grows pretty quick. When I kept mine at home, I used it so often that I kept the fridge running all summer.
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If level, no worries.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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I'm not sure there is any real advantage to leaving it run. I wouldn't waste the electricity..! To me that's kind of like letting your toaster run in case you want a piece of toast for breakfast in a month or so.

If you forsee impromptu trips that come up spur-of-the-moment, it will be cold and ready to go whenever. Otherwise, plug it in the day before loading it up so it has a chance to cool off.

The main thing to keeping the frig "healthy" is NEVER run it when not relatively level. That includes a sloping parking lot when you park to go in and eat. (I level with the jacks when that happens) I even shut mine off when going up/down long steep hills. Mine has a 12v kill switch in the cockpit so all I have to do is switch it on/off at will. My main problem is remembering to turn it back "on".
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Our three night maiden voyage in a 99 Winnebago Chieftain is coming to an end. When we park it tonight I was thinking of keeping the RV plugged in the the home 15amp. Is it advantageous to keep the refrigerator running? I had always been told the household refrigerators shouldn't be left unpowered. Is it a concern for an RV unit.
Any and all thoughts and hints about anything to do with storing, would be greatly appreciated.

Joseph and Sandy
It is not a concern to leave your fridge unpowered. Just make sure to clean it out and leave the doors open slightly so air can circulate. Most RV fridges have a small plastic insert piece to hold the doors open about 1/2".

We have to store our Bounder in a storage facility across town, so we power everything down completely (battery cutoff) when we leave it. We have access to power but choose not to leave things plugged up. If it were stored here at home we might do things differently.
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Hi Raining Star,
There is no advantage to keeping the refer powered up. For me, when I'm not using the coach, the refer is off.
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