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Posted: 07/08/19 04:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it is going to be more than two weeks between trips I shut everything down. Disconnect the battery. Also make sure to drain the water heater - water can get smelly in summer heat.

2-3 days before next trip I plug in the TT and turn the frig on.


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Posted: 07/08/19 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

neschultz wrote:

We treat ours just like our house


You tow your house a 60mph over potholes?


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Posted: 07/08/19 08:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For a few weeks between trips, your call. For long term storage, shut everything down. Ours sits each winter, not even a battery tender, battery bank disconnected at posts, for 5 1/2 months.


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Since we started camping in 1988, our units (3 pop-ups, 2 travel trailers, 1 motorhome) have always been shut down when not in use. I've never had any fridge problems (other than spiders/debris in the flu pipe) or other problems related to shutting down. During the season, if you have the ability to stay plugged in with fridge on, it is a nice option. And if in a hot & humid climate, it would give you the option of keeping dehumidifier running.


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Posted: 07/08/19 09:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Plugged in 365.

Fridge on early Spring=Off late Fall


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It depends.

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Location matters. In the 90s here in central FL, incredibly humid, raining most days.

Humidity will destroy the inside of a camper. Mold will grow.

I keep the vents shut, and one A/C unit set to 78F. It cycles throughout the day, and very little at night.

Our fridge is a residential unit. I start it up about a week before a trip, and often leave it running for a week afterwards. If we have any tropical storms/hurricanes threatening, I'll go ahead and start it, just in case.

The smart battery charger keeps my 4 house batteries, and 1 chassis battery, happy and healthy. No overcharging, no self discharging.

FWIW, our travel trailer was purchased new in 2006. I kept the A/C running in it also. We are in the process of selling it to our niece. The inside of the camper looks almost new, while the outside has some sun damage.


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Stays plugged in any time in storage. Which means months at a time during the off season. Fridge off if we will not be using it for more than 2-3 weeks because the freezer ices up if left on too long.

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Posted: 07/08/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

The fridge won't go bad from sitting.

Unless you are keeping it stocked to head out for the next trip, power off including the main battery switch.

$40/month...is almost $500 per year for little or no benefit if you aren't stocked to head out. After 10yr, that's $5,000 guaranteed cost...a new fridge would be a lot cheaper (not that it's likely to fail anyway).

I prefer disconnected as I've seen a couple of electrical fires in unattended units. Way more expensive than a new fridge.


$40/month is cheaper then standard outdoor storage which has NO BENEFIT
PLUS I have the added BENEFIT of walking into 5vr when doing work outside and get a NICE BOLD BEER cause 5vr is parked at home, plugged in and other then perishables fully stocked.

I once saw a FORD truck burn to the ground parked in a driveway and it was off. Burned house & garage down plus neighbors car.
Once saw a house burn to the ground ...gas leak.


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I use my RV about every other month. When I put it in storage, I drain the fresh, grey, and black water tanks. I turn off the propane at the tank, and I disconnect the engine and house batteries. This is because otherwise parasitic losses tended to drain the batteries before I installed the battery cut-off switches.

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