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Old 07-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #15
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I wondered about that, too...
Does Joe know something we don't know?

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Old 07-23-2011, 07:02 AM   #16
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We plan to add an interior vent to help with air flow. More here:

Current little mods and future
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:35 AM   #17
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I have a 2005 Trillium from Joe. My fridge is not vented and is not connected to the heater vents. I think connection to the heater vents would be a fire hazard. The vents for the heater are metal tubes and the exhaust tube should not be opened up to another connection inside the body of the trailer.

I spend a week near Austin, Texas with temperatures hovering around 105 degrees. The fridge was all but useless. It could only hold about 45 to 50 degrees inside. The closed airspace was extremely hot and the whole sink/heater,fridge cabinet was radiating heat back into the interior making it more difficult to cool the trailer with an 8K A/C. I've intended to open up the side and put in two small vent openings. Part of my delay and hesitation has been trying to figure out how to isolate the fridge airspace from the rest of the enclosed airspace that goes all the way to the ceiling.

I believe if you use a flashlight and look into the heater vents, you will see that they are straight tubes going to the burner area of the heater, AND YOU WILL NOT FIND AN OPENING TO EXCHANGE AIR FOR THE FRIDGE. You can verify that by taking out the 4 screws that hold the fridge in place and pulling the fridge straight out.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:34 AM   #18
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Maybe it is a different model of furnace but if I shine a light into the cabinet (take the drawer off) I see numerous openings for fresh air to come in where the furnace interior vent is. Not that I doubt your report of fridge trouble and I still feel that a extra cabinet vent would do wonders, and possible a vent with a small fan.

My first instinct was to put an exterior vent but Joe suggested against it. Venting to the outside makes sense to me to get rid of heat in the summer but cutting holes in the trailer wall is not something I'm comfortable with.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:01 PM   #19
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My first instinct was to put an exterior vent but Joe suggested against it. Venting to the outside makes sense to me to get rid of heat in the summer but cutting holes in the trailer wall is not something I'm comfortable with.
Hi, Paul

It may be that Joe wants to avoid giving any advice that creates an impression that the lack of exterior venting is a design flaw...
I think you should trust your own instincts in this one, especially given Curtis's experience. Sounds like more venting is needed.

I know what you mean about cutting the trailer- I agonized over putting any holes in my Trillium- and it's a 1978 Model!
It must be a lot harder with a newer model like yours...
I've overcome my aversion to doing so, having decided that what came from the factory was less a "finished product" than a "good start" .

Adding vents to fiberglass is remarkably easy- it's not hard to wind up with a professional look and result.

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Old 08-01-2011, 04:11 AM   #20
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Just to add to the confusion.... I believe the Lil Snoozy uses a compressor fridge. In the picture on their web site a vent just below the window lined up with the fridge is clearly shown, but in the picture RuthG shared of her Lil Snoozy there is no vent. Raz
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:53 AM   #21
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Maybe Ruth didn't buy the fridge?
It's not part of the standard package at Snoozy's site.
They do offer a propane/electric fridge for $700.00 extra.
(Plus $300.00 for a propane system.)

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Old 08-03-2011, 05:06 PM   #22
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OOPS!
Too late to edit the above post...
I was wrong- a compressor fridge is part of the Lil Snoozy basic package.
Didn't think to look for it under "interior construction" at the webpage...

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Old 06-11-2016, 10:39 PM   #23
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Fridge venting- needing solutions.

Okay, I have decided to tackle the Nova Kool fridge R1900 in my 2004 Trillium. It was hot last year....mid 30 plus Celsius for days at a time. I found the fridge was pitiful in cooling. Today I pulled it out in hopes of vacuuming the coils to clean it up. It was spotless! No dust or dirt on it. One thing I did noticed was that the light comes through this area and it must get very hot in the cavity where the fridge sits. There is no carpeting on the fiberglass shell in this area. I thought maybe some Reflective insulation would solve this. Any suggestions or advise about this idea would be greatly appreciated.
So I thought about venting! But do I want to cut a whole in my trailer?
Not really! Then when I read the thread I read about venting the cabinet where the fridge sits. I do have an extended counter top this might be a bit hard on the side where the fridge sits. But then I thought about the to of the cabinet or rather the counter top and putting a vent just behind the 2 burner propane stove? Or I can convert the cutlery drawer just about the fridge to a vent since it tends to be frustrating to use anyway. At this point I think I would be as many vents in this cabinet so the fridge work as it was meant to. I like having a good fridge because I like my meat, eggs and coffee cream and my daughter likes her cold pop. I also have a Fantastic fan in the Trillium which helps a lot in circulating air. Any suggestion here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
PS...One other thought around the fridge not working well in hot weather is maybe it needs servicing of some sort....it is 12 years old! Has anyone any experience with a Nova Kool of this age? I will check with the company next week though as they aren't too far away from where I live.
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I had a small vent put in which vents to the inside of the trailer but with the Fantastic fan on I think there's enough air circulation and evacuation to keep things cool inside the cabinet. Maybe with the sun beating down on the cabinet side of the trailer it might be a problem, but again, with the fan on (and you can crack open the drawer if you're worried) you should be fine.

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PS: I curse that drawer every time I open it. The good and bad of it is simply this: It really does a good job at staying closed!

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