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Old 07-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #15
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I've noticed that in hot weather the performance of the fridge is much better if the fridge is opened as little as possible and also if the side of the trailer with the fridge is in the shade. A small electric fan moving air through the coils also seems to help a bit. A small remote monitor helps to monitor how things are going. 27.5 C = 81.5 F, 5.9 C = 42.6 F
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:45 PM   #16
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Brian, that's why a number of people have added 2-3 muffin fans to the backside of the refrigerator, to move the air up and out. There's a lot more information on the CasitaForum about it.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #17
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Radio Shack has 4" AC computer cooling fan that has 2 wires you can put a plug on and set in front of the black fridge compressor in the outside compartment. On our Scamp, it fits and we can shut the compartment vented door even. We replaced our fridge, but still, in 80/90degree heat it struggles until we found the fan idea. Didn't want to use any space up inside for a little battery fridge fan, finally we stay at 40 or below!!
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Donna:

We bought a small clamp-on fan from Fred Meyer for about $12. It runs on 110 volts. I had seen the muffin fan idea but reasoned that the heat exchanger on the fridge mainly needs air circulating, the cooler the better, muffin fan or not.

Really the biggest difference seemed to come from parking with the fridge side in the shade. At Valley of the Rogue we first had a site which was in direct sun and the fridge was having a rough time. We switched to a different site with the fridge side in the shade and had no trouble keeping things cool.

It helps to monitor the inside temperature, which I think you do also. Then you can have an accurate idea of what is going on.

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Brian, that's why a number of people have added 2-3 muffin fans to the backside of the refrigerator, to move the air up and out. There's a lot more information on the CasitaForum about it.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:46 AM   #19
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I know what you mean Brian. At one hot rod show, where I was camped in a field... no shade for blocks. I propped a piece of cardboard against the frig vents (with it was propped open) and also clamped a small fan to a lawn chair blowing right at it. That was the only thing that would allow the frig to cool down. A mix of shade and a fan!
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When do you sleep?

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Monitoring Temperature

We've permanently added a fan to ours and that seems to make a real difference. We have it on a switch and shut it off at night.

The other thing we do is put the temperature monitor in our soda can container. Instead of measuring air temperature, which can change significantly when you open the door, we are measuring the temperature of items in the fridge.

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