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Old 01-30-2016, 03:20 AM   #1
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About the fridge opening...

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This picture is up side down, as usual. Don't know how to correct that.

What should I understand of this big opening behind the refrigerator? Do I still need it if I get an electrical fridge? Can't bugs get in? Why put plexiglass there?

I'm kind of puzzled... Thanks for enlighting me!
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:35 AM   #2
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Those vents are needed for propane but not for electric
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:00 AM   #3
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It depends on the refrigerator type to be installed. The vents could be removed for compressor type fridge (but better to keep the vents) and are required for absorption type fridge to remove the heat.
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You can place screening inside to keep insects out and a magnetic cover on the outside in the winter to keep cold out when not in use.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:18 AM   #5
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Hi Sylvio,
I assume that you are taking the pictures with a "smart" phone. I use the quotes because I think sometimes they are a little too smart for their own good. Is there a way to turn off the automatic screen rotation? Maybe after that the up/down of the picture will be recorded correctly. Other than that, processing (rotating) of the picture using a picture editing program should do it. Just a thought.
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It depends on the refrigerator type to be installed. The vents could be removed for compressor type fridge (but better to keep the vents) and are required for absorption type fridge to remove the heat.

I agree - no matter what type of unit , the heat has to go somewhere , if the unit has no clearance to the sides and top the only place for the heat to go is out the back. It is of course better to vent it outside than to the inside of the trailer. As noted in another entry , screen can be put inside the vent to keep out pests.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:30 AM   #7
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Very helpful. Thanks guys!

Any risks of water coming in? While driving especially?

My vent cover / grill is broken: two slats are missing. I'll need to find a place that sells stuff like that.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:52 AM   #8
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We're considering using the big vent, which opens on a hinge at the top, as a coffee-sales awning. Just pop it up and put up an "open, coffee" sign. Ha ha.

Inspired by its current dark brown color and the thought we'd call her "the Coffee Bean."

All a joke, not happening, but it's an amusing (to us) idea;.

Paul's going to fiberglass it closed and that'll be the back of a closet/galley area.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:17 PM   #9
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Bug screen inside backed by 1/4" hardware cloth is what I used to keep bugs out. Works well, I just drilled and riveted right through the vent with appropriately sized washers on the inside so the rivet would hold the hardware cloth.
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:29 PM   #10
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If you are planning a conventional, 120 volt fridge, why not consider instead a 12/120 Volt cooler? We carry ours in a garage/cabinet that I built to fill the hole left when I got rid of our old Dometic fridge. It travels in the trailer on 12V from the car or in the car itself - flexible! 120 in the campsite. And it holds more and is more efficient than the old fridge - 48 watts.

My plan is to seal the vents somehow to keep out moisture but keep the original outside look. I have lots of around my cooler but if you need more ventilation, you might just cover them inside with a screen.
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Old 01-30-2016, 04:15 PM   #11
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It is my understanding that the limit of the 12V car coolers is 20 degrees less than ambient temperatures. If that is true, this isn't adequate cooling in 80 summer weather.

Of course, this information may be wrong.
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Yes, the information is wrong. It depends on the fridge type. Compressor type fridge provides good cooling ability. But it can't be powered by LP tank.
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bpfick was talking about 12V coolers.
I believe that they cannot adequately cool when ambient temp is 80F or above. Food should be at 40F or less.
I think they can cool 40F below ambient, not 20F, but not a substitute for a proper fridge.

Make that 20C below ambient:

Mobicool 3-way Absorption Power Cooler, 35-qt
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There are a lot of compressor type 12V fridges. They cool to 0F. See Robot Check for example.
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