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Old 07-15-2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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Residential fridge and hot temps inside RV

We have our first residential fridge, and not sure the best way to go forward...

We ARE NOT FULLTIMERS, we go out every few weekends, and there are times that we would like to keep the fridge on instead of emptying it out.

Our concern is that without the AC on, the inside temps in the RV are always right around 95-99?? Will this hurt the newer residential fridges? Since there are no outside vents, the fridge vents into the rv.. IS this too hot>??
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:58 PM   #2
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I would think each fridge should have an environmental spec about max and min temperatures. To me 90-95 degrees isn't all that different from a residence in the south with no AC in the house.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:46 PM   #3
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Agree,
but while we always unload ours (except for bottled water and non-perishables) we just turn it on a day or so before leaving and it cools down quickly...

Assume it will be plugged in so the inverter and fridge doesn't drive the batteries down?

you could just leave a roof vent open so the heat can escape and you should be good...
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The extremes can be hard on a fridge and make it less efficient, but I would still try it. My garage fridge gets exposed to 40-80 but it always works.
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I have a 50 amp RV plug on a pedestal next to the RW, so it is always plugged in. We usually turn it on a few days before out trips, but figured it would be easier to keep stuff in there for a few weeks in between trips..

I am gonna call Whirlpool Monday and try to get a decent answer...
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We have our first residential fridge, and not sure the best way to go forward...

We ARE NOT FULLTIMERS, we go out every few weekends, and there are times that we would like to keep the fridge on instead of emptying it out.

Our concern is that without the AC on, the inside temps in the RV are always right around 95-99?? Will this hurt the newer residential fridges? Since there are no outside vents, the fridge vents into the rv.. IS this too hot>??
I have left my fridge powered up continuously in Arlington, TX when not traveling. No issues. RV is only plugged into 110ac, so no AC.

The main reason I do this is (probably mistaken) belief that residential fridges are probably not designed to be powered on and off.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:38 AM   #7
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We have always had our residential frig. running for 2+ years, only unloaded it and turned it off for 4 days when we took our unit in to the factory for service.
We normally only use the RV for 3-5 days a month, and when at home, its plugged in to 50 amp service, A/C's are set around 88-90 deg -or- heat about 40 deg (to keep the interior in great shape) have been doing this for the last 16+ years now, even with my older gas/elect frig's - only turned off to defrost.

Its nice to be able to keep the unit at home..

Good Luck and Safe Travels.
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