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Old 06-10-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Another Fridge Concern

When your Redwood is not in use for weeks, do you leave the fridge doors open a little bit for air circulation? We had always heard a closed and non-running fridge will mold or mildew. Comments please?
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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We live in ours fulltime so the fridge is never off.

In past RV's we always left the door[s] open when not in use to avoid mildew. Made the mistake ONCE and forgot to leave it open...wasn't a pretty picture, took lots of work to clean it out!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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We keep ours open for a week or so to assure it's dry. Then close the doors.

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Old 06-10-2014, 03:01 PM   #4
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When your Redwood is not in use for weeks, do you leave the fridge doors open a little bit for air circulation? We had always heard a closed and non-running fridge will mold or mildew. Comments please?
I always leave the doors open. Before I start up the refrigerator for next use, I always wipe down the interior with Chlorox sanitizing wipes and start up the unit about a week before our next outing. If the drawers or dividers need it, I will take those parts and wash them all separately.
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First we remove all the shelves and drawers, then wipe it down and thoroughly dry it.

Then we close each of the doors on a pool noodle, to keep them from closing completely, then tape across them to prevent them from moving. This keeps sufficient air movement inside the fridge to prevent moulds, etc.

Like Guy we wipe down using wipes before use.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:38 PM   #6
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All you have to do is leave your refrigerator closed immediately after an outing. I guarantee you'll never make that mistake a second time.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:58 PM   #7
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I always keep mine open in storage.

There are pins on the norcold door handles that slide out to keep the doors (all 4) open when parked. Just don't forget to retract the pins and close them before towing. In case anybody wasn't aware of it, below are some pics. They don't always point everything out at the PDI.



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THAT is the one thing I liked about rv fridges versus residential fridge !

With the res pkg, I just open when put back in storage, and WHEN, not if, I forget to close them, first turn usually will do it when coming out of storage
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Should you see frost on one side of the refrigerator? I see some...not a lot of frost on the back of the right side of the refrigerator. Is that an indication of a problem I need to head off? Thanks!
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Should you see frost on one side of the refrigerator? I see some...not a lot of frost on the back of the right side of the refrigerator. Is that an indication of a problem I need to head off? Thanks!
Hey! were you at the factory tour with us? To answer your question, I don't think you have a problem. We do see frost inside sometimes. I think it depends on the amount of humidity in the fifth wheel and how often you are opening the refrigerator. It does need to be defrosted every once in a while.
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