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mxdad777

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Posted: 07/08/19 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the replies. I think I’ll continue to leave my RV plugged in but turn the refrigerator off if it’s going to be sitting idle for more than a few weeks. My RV is stored in an enclosed cover so no concerns about freezing here. I also leave a few windows cracked for ventilation. Thanks again for the input.


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Posted: 07/08/19 01:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unplugged, covered, fridge off and open. 30 watts of solar for batteries.


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Posted: 07/08/19 01:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a SERVEL refrigerator made in 1955 that lights right off and the refrigerator can dip into the mid to high thirties on a ninety-degree day. But the burner stays on high and even though the freezer has it's own outer door it holds about 5% of what the other appliances are keeping.

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Posted: 07/08/19 11:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

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.


Parking at home doesn't mean you have to plug it in. You are conflating storage lot vs home parking. As most storage lots don't give the option to plug in, it's not relevant to the question.

If I'm at home and need a cold beer, I just go to the fridge in the kitchen. Keeping it fully stocked is a good idea if you head out most weekends. If it's 2 months between trips, no harm but kind of silly to burn thru the expense of keeping the fridge powered.


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Posted: 07/08/19 11:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

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.


Parking at home doesn't mean you have to plug it in. You are conflating storage lot vs home parking. As most storage lots don't give the option to plug in, it's not relevant to the question.

If I'm at home and need a cold beer, I just go to the fridge in the kitchen. Keeping it fully stocked is a good idea if you head out most weekends. If it's 2 months between trips, no harm but kind of silly to burn thru the expense of keeping the fridge powered.


$40 for off site no power storage vs $40 at home plugged in...SAME $40/month and benefit of on my property

RV is closer then kitchen and I don't have to get all cleaned up to go inside the RV....I get dirty/sweaty doing work outside


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Posted: 07/09/19 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Whatever makes you comfortable.

mine is not plugged in even thought I have a 30 Amp plug where it is parked in the barn.

The battery is disconnected and a maintainer is on the battery.

I am comfortable.

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Posted: 07/09/19 11:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:


$40 for off site no power storage vs $40 at home plugged in...SAME $40/month and benefit of on my property


You are still ignoring the $0 option of park at home unplugged.

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Posted: 07/10/19 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I leave it plugged in mainly because the PD converter does a great job of maintaining the batteries


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