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Old 07-08-2013, 06:41 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info, Skater.

We are a bit technologically challenged.


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Old 07-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #16
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Got up this am, and the GFI switch reset. Apparently, everything dried out on the night,

Frig has been on 25 minutes, all seems well.

We are going to go by the RV place here in Pierre in a bit, and have them take a look at things. We have had high winds blow the frig out in the past, but never rain.


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Something similiar happened to a friend this spring. Blowing a hair dryer (not too close) on the control board cured the problem. within a few minutes Apparently they don't like getting moisture on them and are mounted in a vulnerable place.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:45 AM   #17
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Thanks for that bit of info, Rick.

The Lexington guy recommended a hairdryer, too, but we don't carry one. May have to start.


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Old 07-08-2013, 07:26 AM   #18
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Here is a thought and possible money maker,,,

Go to a sheet metal shop and have them fashion a hood to cover the fridge door? I think that would be a great idea! I am going to have one made for our 34 Excella!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #19
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Hmmm, that's a good idea.

Frig is still on. We are talking ourselves out of going to the RV place, as the problem seems resolved and we have interior cleanup to do from the flooding in here yesterday.

A phenomenal amount of water came in thru that vent, bringing with it 7 or so years of accumulated crud from the area under the frig.....the recesses unseen and uncleaned all this time. Looked like the mighty, muddy Mississippi came through here. The rugs were soaked and muddy water has now dried on the edges. That has never happened before.

A trip to the laundromat and a wash of the floor is first on our agenda this a.m.

I am wondering about putting a gasket of some sort around the exterior of that outside vent. ?? That has to be where wind and water are coming in, as the louvers or whatever are angled downward. ??


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I am wondering about putting a gasket of some sort around the exterior of that outside vent. ?? That has to be where wind and water are coming in, as the louvers or whatever are angled downward. ??
Not necessarily. Louvers angled downwards are fine when parked, but may not be as effective when moving, depending on your slipstream. Water could have still come in the louvers while driving.

You may want to fashion a cover that's shaped like a box, to cover the entire door, except with an open bottom, so the louvers are out of your slipstream. This plus the gasket you're contemplating.

I wonder if this is one reason why late-model Interstates have 12v/120v Nova Kool refrigerators instead? No outside vents, but no option to run the fridge on propane while boondocking, either.
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My concern about a box or something over that exterior area is the drag from the wind. ?? Would it even stay on?

The current cover is flush with the driver's side of the Interstate.


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After finding all manner of dirt and traces of water behind our refrigerator I purchased a washable, permanent air filter from Lowe's and cut it to fit the louvered access door.

It helps a bunch. The louvers do well keeping water out when parked, but the door is right in the splash zone from passing vehicles when traveling.

The air filter takes some of the punch of the water spray and keeps it from making it all the way into the compartment.



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That's a good idea!

Doug is concerned about anything that would restrict airflow to the frig. The filter apparently does not?


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That's a good idea!

Doug is concerned about anything that would restrict airflow to the frig. The filter apparently does not?


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Air filters are designed to pass air. any filter that would work in an air conditioner return vent should work there, if cut down to size.

Wish I'd thought of that; it sounds so much more elegant than my idea.
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Well, if we knew everything, there would be no reason to be here, would there!

Thanks, Protag.

We're going to be buying a washable air filter.

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Old 07-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #26
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For some reason, I thought the Interstates used a compressor fridge... not true, apparently? (If it runs on propane...)
It depends and the model year. My 2010 has a Nova Kool compressor refer which runs on 12v DC or 120v AC only. It does not run on propane.
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Yup. The filter should capture droplets and keep most water in the grille! Nice.

My thought was to make the front of shield rounded with bottom open. This would create minimal Venturi effect... There is a possibility that water could find its way in from above too.

The idea is to keep air flowing UP. But also to minimize any suction from roof or side vent grille from forcing water in.
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No gasket around the inside edge, then, guys?


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