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Old 07-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #113
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Norm,

Be sure to leave room in the fridge. Cooling relies on convection inside the fridge.

A fan will help but there has to be room to circulate the air around the food .
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:14 PM   #114
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:04 AM   #115
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Sliding Windows

I sprayed a little silicon into the tracks of the windows. They now slide like they are on air bearings.

Similarly with the lock; a little silicon spray into the latch mechanism makes it close much easier.

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Old 07-07-2011, 12:39 PM   #116
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Fridge Mods

Our Fridge came to us with only two shelves, one in the middle and one on the bottom. As a result things would just be piled on top of one another.

I bought a couple of Baking Cooling Racks and cut them to fit. In the process I added two shelves making four. The top shelf I cut-out so we can stand up a quart of 1/2 and half and a quart of milk.

On the bottom shelf I cut up a plastic tray to hold 5 cans of soda.

Beyond shelves another problem is water condensing on the cooling coils, particularly today with the door continuously open. I made a plastic collection drain out of a piece of plastic. It is pressure fit between the two side walls of the fridge. The down hillside has three holes drilled in it. These drain into a small plastic container on the shelf below it. I doubt it will have to be drained more than once a day if that. (I did not feel like drilling a hole thru the fridge and the bottom of the trailer to permit it to directly drain outside.)

For those interested the plastic piece is u-channel used in trimming plastic siding available at every Lowes.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #117
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I am going to have to pay more attention as I don't remember my cooling coil dripping.

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Our Fridge came to us with only two shelves, one in the middle and one on the bottom. As a result things would just be piled on top of one another.

I bought a couple of Baking Cooling Racks and cut them to fit. In the process I added two shelves making four. The top shelf I cut-out so we can stand up a quart of 1/2 and half and a quart of milk.

On the bottom shelf I cut up a plastic tray to hold 5 cans of soda.

Beyond shelves another problem is water condensing on the cooling coils, particularly today with the door continuously open. I made a plastic collection drain out of a piece of plastic. It is pressure fit between the two side walls of the fridge. The down hillside has three holes drilled in it. These drain into a small plastic container on the shelf below it. I doubt it will have to be drained more than once a day if that. (I did not feel like drilling a hole thru the fridge and the bottom of the trailer to permit it to directly drain outside.)

For those interested the plastic piece is u-channel used in trimming plastic siding available at every Lowes.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:08 PM   #118
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I am going to have to pay more attention as I don't remember my cooling coil dripping.

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We have a very small Dometic fridge. It is the only one that I've ever had without a drip tray that drained the water thru a tube to the outside.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:58 PM   #119
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I just went out and looked at mine and found a removable tray under the cooling coil.

It must have never over flowed and I have never emptied it. LOL

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I just went out and looked at mine and found a removable tray under the cooling coil.

It must have never over flowed and I have never emptied it. LOL

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Yes, the drip tray is a source of mold if not careful.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:33 PM   #121
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I noticed that in the bottom shelf of the door. oops

I forgot to leave the door open.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:15 PM   #122
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Yes, the drip tray is a source of mold if not careful.
I think mold is everywhere, just a matter of degree. At least in this case the drip tray is easily removeable. I suspect our normal water pipes are lined with it.

Actually we had an extreme day of moisture, hi humidity today and I had the door almost continuously open until I left at 3PM. When I returned it was back to 36F from around 70 F when I left and ost of the moisture had dripped into my drip tray container.

On another site one of the members is a specialist in water systems for food business. It's a bear to deal with. I think mankind has seen so much of it over it's history we must be relatively immune.

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:41 AM   #123
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We have finished preparing for our trip to Prince Edward Island. The last things we did were to seal the front window and weigh the trailer.

We found during a particularly heavy rain that water would run down the window's face, slip by the bottom front seal and leak into the trailer. I stuck a flat screw driver between the seal and window on the outside and forced a small amount of 3M 5200 between the seal and window. Gradually walking the screw driver down the length of the window's seal. Afterwards I carefully removed any 5200 from the window. It rained last night, no leak. Three times will be science.

We weighed the trailer using our tire patch method. We hope to verify it on an official scale when we leave Wednesday. The hitch weight was weighed with a bathroom scale and I'm sure more accurate.

Our Scamp 16 weighs 2330 #s that includes a hitch weight of 195 #s.

Our new Goodyear Marathon trailer tires are rated for 3960#s, weight on the tires is 2135 #s putting us at 54% of trailer tire capacity at 50#s cold pressure.

Our Honda loaded to go with fuel, and passengers weighs about 3900 pounds.

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #124
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I been following this thread and am truly impressed with your mods.

I hope to meet you at the Silver Spurs or some rally to get a first hand look at your handy work!
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I been following this thread and am truly impressed with your mods.

I hope to meet you at the Silver Spurs or some rally to get a first hand look at your handy work!

We are making a long loop of the USA and Canada beginning in the fall that will take 9-10 months. When possible we'll hit rallys and just maybe oure paths will cross.

After we return from Prince Edward Island I suspect we'll have some more mods to make, at least one will be an air conditioner and above that a clothes hamper, needed on these long trips.

Thank you for the kind words and safe travels to you,

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #126
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Norm,
I sure hope that 5200 was a misprint, as it should have been 4200 if you ever want to get it off again.

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We have finished preparing for our trip to Prince Edward Island. The last things we did were to seal the front window and weigh the trailer.

We found during a particularly heavy rain that water would run down the window's face, slip by the bottom front seal and leak into the trailer. I stuck a flat screw driver between the seal and window on the outside and forced a small amount of 3M 5200 between the seal and window. Gradually walking the screw driver down the length of the window's seal. Afterwards I carefully removed any 5200 from the window. It rained last night, no leak. Three times will be science.

We weighed the trailer using our tire patch method. We hope to verify it on an official scale when we leave Wednesday. The hitch weight was weighed with a bathroom scale and I'm sure more accurate.

Our Scamp 16 weighs 2330 #s that includes a hitch weight of 195 #s.

Our new Goodyear Marathon trailer tires are rated for 3960#s, weight on the tires is 2135 #s putting us at 54% of trailer tire capacity at 50#s cold pressure.

Our Honda loaded to go with fuel, and passengers weighs about 3900 pounds.

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