Leaving a van on permanent hook up ?

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  1. Charlie

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    I read on another Forum where a chap leaves his van on permanent hook up when parked up say perhaps through winter. It was because he reckons the fridges in these MHs of ours don't like being switched on and off.

    It just doesn't seem right to me. But what do I know ?

    When everything is off there is less risk of say an electrical fire ? OK the 12V is still live but all the bigger boxes are off ?

    How water proof would the blue plug on the outside of the van be over longer periods ?

    My plan is to hook up every couple of weeks just to keep the batteries topped up and leave the fridge turned off with the door open .

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    We leave our van plugged in constantly but the blue plug is inside (as is the van)
     
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    With a modern charger, there is no problem keeping it plugged in all the time to keep the batteries charged, the 16A Blue plug is designed to be used outside 24/7 .. I wouldn't power the fridge or any other 240v appliance.. no point.

    My batteries, both engine and habitation, are kept in good shape with the solar panels...

    Before a trip I will plug in the 240v for 48hrs before travelling and switch on the fridge to get it down to temperature..
     
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    Same here, except only 24 hours :)
     
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    We use our van all year, but if it's going to be stood a month or so, we'll plug in to keep the batteries topped up.

    We've never left our fridge on whilst at home, even if the van is plugged in.

    Our last fridge lasted 10 years (and was still working when we sold the van) so think that the theory they "don't like being switched on and off" is a load of stinky stuff :)
     
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    voltage in Suffolk is lower ;)
     
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    I do likewise
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    I always thought you folk were missing something :whistle:
     
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    You think you're Suffolk an' good
     
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    Leave ours plugged in all winter with a thermostatically controlled convector heater to protect from frost. During the warmer months we rely on the solar panel to keep things topped up and put the fridge on gas the day before we travel to get the temperature down.
     
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    Why gas - doesn't the fridge work on electric?
     
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    Yes, but it's not plugged in. Much easier to press a couple of buttons than run out the cable and then stow it again.
     
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    Always plugged in.. and we do often leave the fridge on.. we use the van a lot and we also use it as extra backup beer storage fridge in the summer.
     
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    Leave ours plugged in but fridge off until 24 hours before its needed.

    Use the tank frost protect setting if not drained down, although we tend to drain the system if it is being stood idle for long periods, not that there are many of them.;)
     
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    We have a EHU , permanently in place on the drive, when we get home she gets plugged in and stays that way, Also had a battery master thing fitted which will top the engine battery up should it need it. We leave the fridge on all the time, even when stood, no matter how I have left it in the past it always seemed to get mouldy but it doesnt if you leave it on. Plus our daughter and the neighbours kids like to have a picnic inside the van on the drive and pretend they are going off somewhere
     
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    ..... especially if you switch it off and forget the bag of peas in the freezer ..... :sick:
     
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