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Old 03-18-2024, 08:07 PM   #1
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Name: Phillip
Trailer: '95 Casita SD
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Casita fridge vent retrofit?


I recently purchased a '95 Casita Spirit Deluxe and I'm in the process of figuring it all out. So far I've registered it, washed it, freed up the stabilizer jacks, fixed the DC wiring for the entrance lights/fridge, and removed some things I'll never use such as a television.

The first major project is to install a proper 3-way fridge in it. Somewhere along this Casita's journey through the decades, the original 3-way was replaced by an AC powered dorm fridge. That's no good for off-grid camping unless I want to install thousands of dollars worth of batteries and solar equipment. That route would also mean forgetting about shady campsites. I was very happy with the benefit:compromise ratio of the propane fridge in my previous camper.

I also now have an AC shop fridge for motivational beverages.

I've acquired a secondhand Norcold 323 and I'm in the eyeballing phase of installation. A standard 2x4 is too thick to wedge the fridge in there with a good face to screw in to, but something that's 5/4" thick on each side should do the job. It looks fairly straightforward to frame in and create a seal between the cabin and vented compartment. As a bonus, the new fridge framing should true up the wobbly, wavy, warped fiberglass sides of the compartment once more.

As for the vents... The cheesy stamped steel louvers on the '95 seem to have been letting in water. I'm not sure how long this trailer has been stored outside, but it has been at least for the last couple of years. The subfloor under the fridge isn't pretty, but in other corners of the trailer it seems OK. I may rip it out at the end of the season, but for now I want to go camping!

This trailer fits nicely in my pole barn shop, so the only time it's going to see rain under my ownership is when I'm out enjoying it.

Now for the question in the title of this post. Is it possible/straightforward to retrofit the newer style plastic fridge vents? Those look far more water resistant than the steel louvers, even if they're slightly angled on the side of the egg.

Thank you for your input!

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