Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-27-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
2014 22' FB Sport
Atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 203
Blog Entries: 1
Reefer--leave it on?

Someone told mi esposa estimada that when the A/S is parked at home, the refridgerator should be left on because it will "last longer." Are there any double-blind, laboratory studies on this--and if not, any other opinions? (My apologies in advance if this starts one of those turn-off-the-propane-when-you're-driving things.)
__________________

__________________
Belbein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 04:03 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
A W Warn's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
1999 34' Excella
Davidson County, NC , Highlands County, FL
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,571
I always turn mine off. I see no reason to leave it on for months at a time when it's not in use. One of mine is 15 years old, the other is 16.
__________________

__________________
Alan
2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 5.3L maximum trailering package (yes, I'm towing the 34')
A W Warn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,763
Images: 5
Mine is always on except when I defrost it. I use it out in the alley as an additional refrigerator/freezer for home. I have always done this with the three Airstreams that we have had over the past ten years.

Brian
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,316
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belbein View Post
Someone told mi esposa estimada that when the A/S is parked at home, the refrigerator should be left on because it will "last longer." Are there any double-blind, laboratory studies on this--and if not, any other opinions? (My apologies in advance if this starts one of those turn-off-the-propane-when-you're-driving things.)
Refrigerators are always more efficient at cooling if they're full than if they're empty. Put some blue ice packs in the freezer section, and fill the refrigerator section with bottled water, leaving just enough air space for cold air to circulate. This provides thermal mass, and ensures that the refrigerator will not cycle as often as it would if you were just cooling the empty volume.
__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 06:05 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
AnnArborBob's Avatar
 
2014 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Chelsea , Michigan
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,767
Images: 12
If you are not using it to store your spare beer supply , and not planning to head out camping again within a few days to a week, I would shut the fridge off and block the doors open to promote air circulation.
__________________
Bob Martel
WBCCI# 5766
AnnArborBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 06:06 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
A W Warn's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
1999 34' Excella
Davidson County, NC , Highlands County, FL
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,571
Quote:
Originally Posted by moosetags View Post
Mine is always on except when I defrost it. I use it out in the alley as an additional refrigerator/freezer for home. I have always done this with the three Airstreams that we have had over the past ten years.

Brian
Do you run it on propane or electric when you leave it on at home?
__________________
Alan
2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 5.3L maximum trailering package (yes, I'm towing the 34')
A W Warn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 07:19 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,648
The hot side of the system will corrode faster if it is hot. Eventually the system will spring a leak. I would assume they will still last decades used or not used. Folks live in these things and run the fridge 24/7. They use 200-300W of electricity so leaving it on is not free. In really damp climates it may last longer if it stays hot. I would shut it down and open the door so it can dry out and not get moldy.


Perry
__________________
perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 07:33 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Skater's Avatar
 
1995 30' Excella
Bowie , Maryland
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,344
We leave ours run from before the first trip (Marchish) until the last trip, over Christmas. We leave it on electricity. We also use our camper, on average, every three weeks or so during that time.
__________________
1995 Airstream Classic 30' Excella 1000
2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with Cummins 6.7L Diesel

Sold but not forgotten: 1991 Airstream B190
Sold: 2006 F-250 6.0L Powerstroke Supercab
Skater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 07:57 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
I've never left mine on between trips & have never had one die on me. Why use the electric or propane? I'd rather use it 3-4 weeks a year than 52 weeks..... just my experience, not anything more...
__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 08:07 PM   #10
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,763
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by A W Warn View Post
Do you run it on propane or electric when you leave it on at home?
We have a 30 amp outlet at the house. When home, our refrigerator is always on electric.

Brian
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2014, 08:12 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,832
I have a 50 amp receptacle at the house, and we use the camper every week/weekend, but I still don't always run the refrigerator. I turn it on the evening before a trip.
I might run it through the winter, though. I have decided not to winterize, but to plug in and use the heater(s).
This year February was the only month we did not camp. I've got trips planned in November and December.
__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2014, 02:54 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
Msmoto's Avatar

 
2015 30' International
2009 27' FB International
2007 25' Safari
Greensboro , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,502
Images: 135
Even though my Airstream is in a heated garage and plugged into shore power when home, I turn the refrigerator off, place towels in upper and lower and allow defrosting to occur. I then dry out the interior and use the supplied tabs to keep the doors ajar. IMO this will allow fresh air to circulate reducing any problems from a closed system in storage.

To me, It makes no sense that it would last longer if left on, plus, this would seem to be wasted energy unless one were actively using it for storage.


Ms Tommie Lauer
Greensboro, NC
2015 Serenity 30 RB / 2008 Dodge Cummins 4 X 4
WBCCI #4165 AIR #31871
__________________
Happy trails and Good Luck
Ms Tommie Fantine Lauer, Greensboro, NC
AIR #31871 WBAC #4165 K4MTL

www.fantinesvoice.com
Msmoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2014, 09:25 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Belegedhel's Avatar
 
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,202
I did an extended "bench test" of a refrigerator I was repairing a couple of years ago (ie., I used it as a beer fridge in the garage and to store extra holiday food). I had just installed a brand new electrical heating element in the fridge (this was one of the smaller, counter height models), and wanted to ensure all was working properly. I put a "Kill-a-watt" meter in between the outlet and the fridge's plug and watched it for a couple of months between November and December (in Houston, where the ambient temperature averages ~60 deg F in the winter). The Kill-a-watt suggested that I was adding around $30 per month to my electric bill (and I am sure it would have been much worse in the heat of the summer). At that rate, I could replace the fridge every couple of years and still break even, if not running the fridge leads to early mortality.

Incidentally, this fridge was the original unit from a 1973 trailer. I am sure it had sat for decades without being powered up. The coils were in excellent shape (paint still intact even), which was surprising in that the trailer had been parked in a field on the Florida panhandle, and the floor and frame were rotting away.

On one of the episodes of The VAP podcast, as I recall, Tim Shepherd discovered that after NOT running his refrigerator round the clock for a month, his electric bill savings were in the vicinity of $60.

So...my conclusion from my single data point is that:

a) A refrigerator cooling unit can last for decades without functioning
b) It is very expensive to run an RV fridge year round
c) Having a beer fridge in the garage is counter-productive when trying to finish renovating an Airstream.
__________________
Belegedhel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2014, 09:29 AM   #14
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,316
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belegedhel View Post
c) Having a beer fridge in the garage is counter-productive when trying to finish renovating an Airstream.
NOT true! The directions on a can of WD-40 should say, "Spray. Go have a beer. Come back after the WD-40 has penetrated."
__________________

__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charging old Dometic Reefer smily Refrigerators 9 09-18-2017 03:50 PM
How to remove Dometic reefer trim for painting? Auretrvr Refrigerators 1 11-05-2006 11:01 AM
reefer help for New Orleans refugee.... vbob Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10 09-07-2005 07:35 PM
reefer madness nettepdx Refrigerators 14 12-13-2004 11:43 PM
reefer repair sjptak Refrigerators 15 08-29-2003 05:00 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.