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Old 05-09-2019, 08:48 PM   #253
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POWERING THE 12V DC COMPRESSOR FRIDGE

We now travel with a 65 qt 12v dc compressor fridge (Dometic CFX65DZ). This insures that there is always cold beer and ice when the ammonia fridge sometimes has a mind not to stay cold enough in hot weather. The only problem is that it requires about 30 Ah of energy each day. When riding in the bed of the Tundra it is powered from a 12v outlet I installed.Click image for larger version

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When we get to where we are camping I have a 12v extension cord to power the fridge from a connection to the 12v and ground terminals in the 7 pin umbilical cord.Click image for larger version

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ID:	340279When we are home the Tundra is parked next to the Tradewind and I installed a 12v outlet in the C channel underneath the banana wrap.Click image for larger version

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ID:	340281The 12v outlet is powered from the 12v panel box using 16 gauge wire with a 10 amp fuse. The peak power consumption is 50 watts. The average power consumption is about 15 watts which results in 30 Ah per day to keep the fridge operating. The sun keeps the fridge cool using two 100 amp portable panels.

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Old 05-10-2019, 06:54 AM   #254
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If you haven’t already done this , try a small computer fan or two in your chimney of your fridge to pull the heat out . We stayed in Az. One summer and tried this and it worked great , even keep the ice cream frozen. Good luck .
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:58 AM   #255
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If you haven’t already done this , try a small computer fan or two in your chimney of your fridge to pull the heat out . We stayed in Az. One summer and tried this and it worked great , even keep the ice cream frozen. Good luck .


Thanks Joyflea. I actually did install 3 computer fans in the chimney. It didn’t seem to make much difference in the fridge performance which really frustrated me and makes no sense. I have a thread on it in the refrigerator section dated September, 2015.

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Old 05-10-2019, 03:53 PM   #256
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Dan , is it open on the sides or are you only letting the hot air go through your fans . I was told by an aircraft engineer that you need it open on the sides and not to fill the area with fans . Something to do with a ventures effect . And of coarse to use it as suction . Good luck , know it worked for us . Haven’t tried it on our Airstream we are building right now . Only using two and controlling them with a thermister type thermostat closed at 140 degres .
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:12 PM   #257
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Dan. Are you saying your fridge is not cooling correctly? I have a similar fan set up in the chimney only located about 1/2 way down. Makes me nervous if yours isn't working
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:40 AM   #258
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Joyflea- Yup, all the air is sucked thru the fan opening area. That would be great if providing openings on the side would improve the performance. Doesn’t make any sense to me though. I need to perform a thorough fridge test- one with the fans on then one with them off.

Jeremy- my fridge seems to work inconsistently. It is not clear to me that the fans help the cooling. I need to do a thorough test.

One additional point is that it doesn’t cool very well at all when we are traveling. This again doesn’t make any sense to me. Maybe the traveling lowers the airflow up the chimney hence affects the cooling.

Thanks for all the comments and help.

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:02 AM   #259
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Dan's '66 Tradewind Improvements

MARKER LIGHT REPLACEMENT

Well I have owned this Tradewind for at least 8 years and it is a bit embarrassing that I am just now replacing the marker lights.

There are a total of 10 marker lights, 5 amber in front and 5 red in the rear. There are three lights across the front and rear and then four corner lights. There is only a black (or green) 12v wire going to each marker light. The body is the ground connection.

Airstream’s installation of the three front and rear marker lights was fine- the black wire going through a large hole to the marker light. Here is a photo.Click image for larger version

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Now I can’t imagine why not, but Airstream didn’t provide a large hole for the hot wire for the four corner lights. They only provided a 3/16 hole for the 1/8” hot wire with no grommet. I am amazed that after 53 years of travel the hot wire never shorted out on the aluminum shell ground.Click image for larger version

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ID:	342192 I made the hole larger (1/2”) and used a grommet to protect the wire.Click image for larger version

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I ordered led marker lights from VTS. I was a little concerned as there were only two reviews from 2014, one positive and one negative. The negative one said they weren’t bright enough. Baloney, I wouldn’t want them any brighter. I am very happy with the results.Click image for larger version

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I know- those nice new marker lights would look better on a clean and polished Tradewind.

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:28 AM   #260
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Dan, I agree the VTS marker lights are great. We had the same small wire hole. We enlarged it, added grommets and sealed the hole with Parbond. We only have the standard four. They are bright enough to have them on and be noticeable in the daylight while traveling. With all your bright marker lights on, they’ll see you coming. Looks great.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:45 AM   #261
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ROTABROACH- GREAT TOOL FOR YOUR AIRSTREAM TOOLBOX

I learned about the Rotabroach from Airforums, and ordered one from Amazon. I used it to cut the 1/2” holes for the four corner marker lights. It worked great. Glad to have it in the Airstream toolbox.

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Old 06-01-2019, 09:47 AM   #262
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PLUMBING VENT CAP REPLACEMENT- Just like my marker lights, I should have replaced my plumbing vent caps years ago. They were all original and in rough shape. Click image for larger version

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ID:	342214I got the replacements from VTS and they worked perfectly. Good for another 53 years. Now if you noticed, my own QA failed me. I forgot to insert the vent screen in this vent before installing the new vent cap. I don’t think it is that necessary. The other two vents have screening. We will see if it makes a difference.

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Old 06-01-2019, 01:32 PM   #264
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RANGE VENT FAN CAP REPLACEMENT- Since I replaced the marker lights and the plumbing vent caps I certainly couldn’t leave the old range vent fan cap. I don’t believe it was original, at least I am sure the caulking job was not original. It was silicone and looked like it was applied by a 5 year old.Click image for larger version

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The old vent cap was secured with 3/16” steel pop rivets, a real pain to remove. I used 5/32” Olympic rivets to secure the plumbing vent caps and for the new range vent fan cap.

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Old 06-01-2019, 07:23 PM   #265
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Hi: I too replaced my plumbing vents and range hood vents with VTS parts on my 66 Trade Wind. I have evidence the galley vent cap was leaking for some time. Your Trade Wind is now a better trailer with the work you did.

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Old 06-08-2019, 08:44 PM   #266
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NEW CONVERTER FOR LITHIUM BATTERIES. Since I installed lithium batteries, I knew that I needed to get a new converter (battery charger). I called Randy at Best Converters to order one and he recommended the Boondocker brand. One reason was that it has a 3 year warranty versus 2 years for the Progressive Dynamics converter, so I saw no reason not to go with the Boondocker brand. I went ahead and ordered the 70 amp model. When it arrived and I plugged it in I realized I made a mistake. It was my own fault. I didn’t do my homework. The converter required more that 1,000 watts to operate. This was a problem because most of the time when I am using the converter to charge my batteries, I will be running it off my generator which is only 1,000 watts. I had to return the converter and get a smaller model. I also decided to stick with Progressive dynamics, since I have had a 45 amp 9200 series converter for 8 years with no problems. It is also made in the U.S. (my home state of Michigan). The 9100 series, 45 amp model is made for lithium batteries only and is the same size as my old PD converter so installation was easy peasy (see photo).Click image for larger version

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After I installed the converter I decided to see how long it would take to charge my lithium batteries. They were down to 12% after camping for 5 days on a shady site (no solar). It took about 4 hours to bring the lithium batteries up to 100% charge. I am more than happy with the time required to fully charge the lithium batteries.

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