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Old 08-03-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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My refrigerator came from the Casita factory with the optional vent fan but I am not thrilled with the refrigerator's performance . When it is hot and humid it struggles to keep temperatures in the proper range. The owners manual advises you to add a second vent fan if this problem arises and I also called Dometic and was told to have the refrigerator serviced and that a second fan may help . Has anyone added a second vent fan ? Was it worth the cost and effort? I realize absorption refrigerator are affected by ambient temperatures.
My previous Scamp refrigerator worked better, I believe due to their venting through the roof unlike the venting system used by Casita . Running the refrigerator on propane or 120 VAC or 12 VDC seem to have little effect. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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My first trailer fridge had a freezer. The freezer would work great at the expense of the fridge. After reading the manual, something the trailer manufacturer elected not to do, I discovered that adding baffles to direct air across the coils made a big difference in performance. A 12 volt muffin fan from an old PC improved things even more. Finally choosing a site that did not allow afternoon sun on the vent area also helps. Raz
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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My first trailer fridge had a freezer. The freezer would work great at the expense of the fridge. After reading the manual, something the trailer manufacturer elected not to do, I discovered that adding baffles to direct air across the coils made a big difference in performance. A 12 volt muffin fan from an old PC improved things even more. Finally choosing a site that did not allow afternoon sun on the vent area also helps. Raz
Thank you : I too discovered that by deploying my awning and shading the refrigerator from the sun improved the performance. I will read the manual again and look for the adding of a baffle . After installing your modification were you able to get the refrigerator to operate in the safe range (34 to 45 Deg F) at high ambient temperatures (High 80's to upper 90's) . We were getting refrigerator temperatures in the 50's when the outside temperatures were in the upper 90's ( about a 40 Deg F differential ) Really not a safe temperature for storing perishables !

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Old 08-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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I'm watching this thread. My fridge spent a lot of time at 55-60 degree inside temp on this last trip, and I'm fed up with that. Living where I do, I can't avoid 90+ degree days on my way to & from the cooler places.
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Thank you : I too discovered that by deploying my awning and shading the refrigerator from the sun improved the performance. I will read the manual again and look for the adding of a baffle . After installing your modification were you able to get the refrigerator to operate in the safe range (34 to 45 Deg F) at high ambient temperatures (High 80's to upper 90's) . We were getting refrigerator temperatures in the 50's when the outside temperatures were in the upper 90's ( about a 40 Deg F differential ) Really not a safe temperature for storing perishables !

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Below 40* but..... you have to keep the door closed. The milk, butter, salad stuff, supper, eggs ect. are fine but the beer, soda, ect. goes in a cooler. Every time you open the door you warm things up. On the Trillium we have a Dometic 2193, fridge only. Works better. No freezer. No ice cream , and the beer goes in the cooler. Oh by the way, in the fall put your salad stuff on the bottom and set the fridge on low or you'll freeze your lettuce. Raz
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I checked the upper refrigerator vent and discovered that Casita had installed a baffle. The baffle was a screw mounted piece of fiberglass that was flush with the outside vent opening but there was a 1 1/2" gap between the baffle and the case (top) of the refrigerator . When the vent fan ran a lot of the warm air went underneath the baffle and over the top of the refrigerator . I fashioned a curved baffle from a length of 6" aluminum duct which rests on the top of the refrigerator case (closing the gap) and extending to the outside vent . The fan now seems to be expelling a lot more warm air so we'll see if there is any improvement in performance . The temperature today in Northern Wisconsin is in the upper 60's - low 70's so I can't put my modification to a real test (too cool ). I will have to wait until summer arrives to do a real test Thanks for your suggestion ,it was an easy install , inexpensive, and I am hoping for good results

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I fashioned a curved baffle from a length of 6" aluminum duct which rests on the top of the refrigerator case (closing the gap) and extending to the outside vent . Steve D.

Steve, is it possible to post a picture of the baffled you made?
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I checked the upper refrigerator vent and discovered that Casita had installed a baffle. The baffle was a screw mounted piece of fiberglass that was flush with the outside vent opening but there was a 1 1/2" gap between the baffle and the case (top) of the refrigerator . When the vent fan ran a lot of the warm air went underneath the baffle and over the top of the refrigerator . I fashioned a curved baffle from a length of 6" aluminum duct which rests on the top of the refrigerator case (closing the gap) and extending to the outside vent . The fan now seems to be expelling a lot more warm air so we'll see if there is any improvement in performance . The temperature today in Northern Wisconsin is in the upper 60's - low 70's so I can't put my modification to a real test (too cool ). I will have to wait until summer arrives to do a real test Thanks for your suggestion ,it was an easy install , inexpensive, and I am hoping for good results

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Sounds like it's time for a road trip to a hot place. Moab in Utah is nice this time of year. Or maybe Texas. Barbecue brisket...
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Raz: I am curious if run the fan full time or can it be tied into the refrigerator cycling? I have a dc only fridge in my 2004 trillium and I'd like to experiment with a fan to see if it would reduce the cycling (and therefore the dc drain).
Steve: You are waiting for summer on Aug 3rd? Hope it gets there before winter!
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Raz: I am curious if run the fan full time or can it be tied into the refrigerator cycling? I have a dc only fridge in my 2004 trillium and I'd like to experiment with a fan to see if it would reduce the cycling (and therefore the dc drain).
Steve: You are waiting for summer on Aug 3rd? Hope it gets there before winter!
Hi Ron. My fan was very temporary. I hung it on the outside of the vent with a couple of paper clips and a wire attached to the battery with alligator clips. I planned on a permanent install but never got to it. The new fridge has yet to need it. The fan I used drew less than 1/2 amp. With a compressor type fridge I would suspect the lower current use due to a shorter duty cycle would be about what you would use with the fan i.e. a wash. That said, muffin fans are easy to come by. Raz
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Raz: I am curious if run the fan full time or can it be tied into the refrigerator cycling? I have a dc only fridge in my 2004 trillium and I'd like to experiment with a fan to see if it would reduce the cycling (and therefore the dc drain).
Steve: You are waiting for summer on Aug 3rd? Hope it gets there before winter!
My refrigerator fan is controlled by a single pole switch in series with a klikon thermo switch with a fixed setting of 100 Deg F . The klikon switch is mounted (attached) to the refrigerator coil ( Klikon is a thermo switch that turns on and off with temperature rise and has a metal disc that warps when heated ,activates the switch and makes a clicking noise when switching.
The fan only runs when the switch is on and the coil temperature is above 100 Deg. F . In cooler weather the fan cycles , in warm weather it runs constantly ..
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Raz: I am curious if run the fan full time or can it be tied into the refrigerator cycling? I have a dc only fridge in my 2004 trillium and I'd like to experiment with a fan to see if it would reduce the cycling (and therefore the dc drain).
Steve: You are waiting for summer on Aug 3rd? Hope it gets there before winter!
We've had morning lows in the 40's and daytime highs in the 50's in both July and August this year . The corn in a lot of the fields was not knee high on August 1st .I hope it warms before Labor Day , the official start of SNOW SEASON , . Some of the campgrounds in our area close the Sunday after Labor Day , the other stick it out all the way to October 1st. It's probably warmer in Alaska . According to the local weatherman ,the reason for our cold Summer is those rotten Canadians who are importing their cold air into the US under NAFTA
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Ain't true, we ain't exporting noth'n.
If you check the weather radar all our bad weather seems to come from down under.especily here in southern Ontario.
Come on up and check and we also have good camping.
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If you look under Norm's thread about "improvements"

Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16

you will find a post about adding a muffin fan on the back side of the fridge, which blows air up over the cooling vents on the back of the fridge. He claims a consistent temp in the 30s doing that.

It's a long post and an interesting read, but I don't know exactly which post it is that discusses the fan.

I will be doing this mod to my frige
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