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Old 10-30-2010, 08:27 PM   #15
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Wow, surprised so many turn theirs off. We use our RV every couple weeks for either racing or camping. I would think the frig would be better off running all season, than be turned on and off all the time. Plus, we keep allot of foods that last a while but still need to be kept cold in the RV frig between trips. Makes packing for the next trip easier... I think you might be surpised how little energy a frig needs if it is kept closed all the time. And it's going to take allot of energy to get it cold again every time you take a trip. Kinda like never turn your house heat down more than 8 degrees at night, because the energy to get the house back up to temp will be more than what is saved.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:32 PM   #16
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Turned off, cleaned, dried, door proped open when not in use. Same with downstairs freezer.
Same for ours, when it's in use it's always on gas

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Old 10-30-2010, 09:36 PM   #17
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If it's empty, shut it down! Don't forget, everything has a lifetime. A fridge may be capable of a nominal run time of 10,000 hours (I selected a random number for sake of explanation). At the 10,000 hour point, it will fail and cost you mucho bucks to replace. Running it empty will only serve to accelerate it's demise, and raise your electric bill in the process. But, you WILL impress your friends!
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #18
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A fridge may be capable of a nominal run time of 10,000 hours (I selected a random number for sake of explanation). At the 10,000 hour point, it will fail and cost you mucho bucks to replace.
I could just as easily argue that the life is cyclic based and can be extended by not turning it on or off. I don't believe either of us have the statistics to prove it either way.

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:42 PM   #19
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We leave ours on for the simple reason that we are lazy. The last thing I feel like doing after getting back from a trip is unloading that fridge. Besides, the beauty of owning the coach is keeping it ready to go at a moments notice, which is our mode of operandi.

Now, if you're going to shut it down for the winter or lay it up for a year or so by all means. Otherwise, we just leave it on. And, when I'm in the doghouse the coach is a great place to go lay low for awhile!
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:07 PM   #20
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The biggest problem I see is people shut it off and do not dry it out. The coils are steel and steel will rust. Mop up the excess water in it and store it with the doors open so it can dry thoroughly.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:38 PM   #21
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We leave ours running all the time. Suggestion for those that do, keep it full of something. It will use less electricity when full.

For those that turn theirs off, consider not only the rust that can form by not drying it out but consider the real likelyhood of causing the thing to fail before it's full life cycle. The refrigerant needs to be cycled to keep from damaging some of the components.

Please search and read other threads on this subject before you decide. Lots of good information from some of our techy friends.

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Off, clean, dry and doors open if it'll be several weeks before use again. If less than several weeks, will stay on, just pack frozen stuff a day or so before travel. In 2011 it will probably be on most of the time from early spring till when ever as we already have numerous trips planned, GoodSam Chapter trips and Samborees, Montana Owner Club Rallies, misc trips and vacation (if you can call it vacation since we'll both be retired) it won't sit still long.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:04 PM   #23
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Mine spends more time off than on and is fine after eight years. Just like Rusty said you would be hard pressed to find stats to prove or disprove the other side of the argument.

I leave my doors propped open and dried out. I turn it on three days before a trip to check out and cool down.

Has anyone ever wrote their respective manufacturer to see what they say?
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We shut down and dry it after each trip. Why waste the energy if you are not going to be using it?

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Now that makes sense! Just turned ours back on yesterday in preparation for weekend camping trip.
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You don't even have to run it before hand. Where I park mine is a bit unlevel. When we are going on a trip we pack it with cold and frozen food and the freezer with the frozen food and a few Qt ziploc bags of ice (needed anyway). When we leave I run it on gas. Have never had one piece of ice melt, works fine.
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Ours is off unless we are on a trip. Not much sense in just wasting electric. Doors propped open...
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If our rig were "stored" and we had shore power, and the rig were at our home, we likely would leave it on as we would be using the rig at least once a month. But if we did NOT plan to use the RV for several months, or it was stored somewhere other than our home, we probably would turn it off, dry it out, and leave the doors slightly open.
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. The refrigerant needs to be cycled to keep from damaging some of the components.

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Been in the refrigeration business and worked with absorption cooling for over 40 years. This is the first time I have heard of this.

But you do not want to operate the unit off level as defined by the manufacturer. This will sure cause problems.

Now on an auto compressor, you do need to run it to keep the seal lubricated and that is the only reason.

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