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Old 10-27-2020, 10:35 PM   #1
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Winterizing.. fridge/freezer open or sealed?

Looking to avoid a stinky fridge in the spring... how do you all winterize your chillers?
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:49 PM   #2
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Empty them
Clean then out...wipe surfaces down with light bleach solution or mild vinegar solution
PROP doors OPEN
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Old 10-28-2020, 12:18 AM   #3
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Agree with above, and you can put a bowl of baking soda inside.
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Yep, what Old Biscuit said.
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Old 10-28-2020, 08:48 AM   #5
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My refrigerator came with two plastic tabs that you put in the door latches to hold them open a crack. If you have two small pieces of plastic in your refrigerator or a drawer that could be what you have. They are roughly 2.5" x 1.25" (I didn't measure), and have a U shape cut on one half of them.
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You have gotten the usual advice, but DW leaves ours open for a few days to completely dry out, then closes it. We have never had a problem doing that, and it makes any local moving for service or fuel or exercise, whatever, easier.
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X2 on the two plastic pieces to hold the doors open.
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Yand it makes any local moving for service or fuel or exercise, whatever, easier.
You do need to close the doors before moving the RV.
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Fridge running - closed. Fridge empty and not running - open.
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we can't open the doors when the slides are in for storage. i put a canister of damp rid in both the freezer and refrigerator sections.
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we can't open the doors when the slides are in for storage. .
It only needs to be a crack. Those tabs I mentioned keep it open about 1/2 inch.
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we can't open the doors when the slides are in for storage. i put a canister of damp rid in both the freezer and refrigerator sections.
I'm not sure this is a good idea. I use the "Damp-Dri" cannisters in my coach but wouldn't put them in a closed fridge. The cannisters will draw moisture into them but the moisture will still be inside a closed fridge.
The fridge doors don't have to be wide open. Just crack them open a tiny bit.
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Clean the fridge and wipe down all surfaces with a mild cleaner like vinegar. Store them with the door propped open.

If you have to close the doors, make sure it is 100% dry and stuff them with dry news paper or place a mesh bag of charcoal in the unit.

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Clean and open with the plastic tabs. That means open about 1.5" to 2".
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