Travel Trailer Reefer Madness

Q. I have heard both pro and con regarding leaving the refrigerator on during the entire camping season. Have any studies been done, or do you have any information stating if this is a good practice, or should one just turn it on and off as needed?

— D.C., Deerfield, New York

A. I don’t know of any studies on this, but we don’t recommend leaving an RV fridge on all the time. It wastes resources and doesn’t help anything. Just turn it on the day before you intend to use it.

— K.F.

Ken Freund’s more than three decades of auto-repair experience and 20-plus years of RVing helped him author numerous books and articles on vehicle repair. In addition to RV Clinic and Performance, he writes the Powertrain column in MotorHome magazine. Ken has been a California Automotive VO-Tech and Smog-Test Program Instructor and an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician.


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