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Old 02-01-2016, 06:09 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any pics or first hand knowledge of what is behind the upper louvered plate on the driver's side of a Trillium 4500? I am thinking of placing a small fan/radiator behind the plate (another story), but was wondering if there was any room. My Trillium is in Ky at the moment so I can't get to it.
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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I removed the upper fridge vent panel on my 1978 Trillium 4500 a couple of months ago to clean the coils (to improve air flow/cooling/lower temp). I already put back together and am using right now. I would guess there's enough clearance for small fan . inch or two between coils and vent panel. There is also a 110v double outlet with one unused outlet
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Fridge now cooling well as long as trailer is level. We have been monitoring with wireless weather station
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. 2" clearance would work. An electrical outlet is a plus. I wanted to improve the performance of the refrigerator too and/or do what I could (cleaning, etc) so it wouldn't have too work as hard. So a fan assist seemed like a doable project.
I didn't want to start drilling out rivets until I had some idea what was behind the vent cover.
I am also considering installing a small "Peltier-type" air conditioner as an aux to my window unit (hence the radiator). The prototype has been built and runs fine sitting on a bench. It's not so much of a much. Basically a fan blowing over a couple of solid state "ice cubes". Keeps my face cool.
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Just reached my hand into upper fridge cavity. Quite a bit more than two inches. After cleaning the coils, our fridge cools much better. Some people open the lower vent panel when the ambient temperature rises
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Does anyone have any pics or first hand knowledge of what is behind the upper louvered plate on the driver's side of a Trillium 4500? I am thinking of placing a small fan/radiator behind the plate (another story), but was wondering if there was any room. My Trillium is in Ky at the moment so I can't get to it.
I had a Trillium Jubilee 1980 and I installed a small fan orinateur 12 volts in the screen door at the bottom and not the top one, because you'll overheat the fan and she will give up the ghost after not long .

I got a good improvement to the performance of the refrigerator, hot summer temperatures.

You will easily find this kind of fan with multiple formats in parts shops for computers ...

If you can find a switch that works with temperature starts ventillateur to 100 F and 90 F stops, which I did not find, would be nice.
So I installed a manual switch ...

I replaced my trailer before complete with a thermostat switch.
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Gilles- Did your fan pull air in through the bottom vents or push it out? Maybe it doesn't matter?
John- More good info, thanks.
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