ANSWER Hi Dale, the simple answer to your question is no, you do not have to leave your RVs fridge running to extend its lifespan. A good rule of thumb is to turn on your RV Refrigerator 24 hours before going camping. This gives the Refrigerator time to cool down sufficiently.
Should I leave my RV refrigerator open when not in use?
Most of you also know that its a good idea to leave your RVs refrigerator and freezer doors open a bit while its not in use. This just allows air flow and helps to prevent any musty smell or condensation inside the refer.
When should I turn on my RV refrigerator?
One important difference with an RV refrigerator is that it will take the refrigerator about 24 hours to cool down to the desired temperature. I recommend you plug it in, and turn it on, at least one day before you plan on using it.
How many hours a day does an RV fridge run?
Although times will vary depending on the battery and fridge, the average RV fridge will run for 8 to 10 hours with the batteries on. When plugged into shore power your house batteries will be charging so the battery will last as long as you are plugged in.
Can you travel with RV fridge on?
It is unnecessary to keep your refrigerator on while traveling. You will lose 4degrees Fahrenheit at most, every 8 hours if it stays off. You can also purchase a $20 fridge fan if you would like to guarantee that your food stays cool while your fridge is off.
How long can a fridge run on propane?
11 days Propane refrigerators are highly efficient. While the efficiency varies per fridge, most last longer than 11 days running non-stop from a standard 20lb propane tank. You can increase this using our efficiency tips below. Still, use electricity when available: its cheaper and doesnt need refilling.
How long will RV fridge stay cold while driving?
How long will your fridge stay cool? A 12v RV fridge that has been running in an RV can typically stay generally cool for up to twelve hours, but running it as low as possible before shutting it off can add quite a bit more lasting, cold air inside.
Can I run a refrigerator on an inverter?
Will a 2000 watt Inverter Run a Refrigerator? Considering a refrigerator is an essential device, its common to wonder if it can be powered by a 2k watt inverter with your solar system. The short answer is you can run a mid-sized fridge as long as it uses up to 1200 watts of starting power and is rated by ENERGY STAR.
How much propane does RV refrigerator use?
In general, a newer RV refrigerator with around 10 to 12 cubic feet of internal volume will consume around 1.5 pounds of propane per day. This translates into roughly 1,400 BTUs per hour.