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Old 07-08-2013, 10:21 AM   #29
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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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For the filter ideas: Please keep in mind that absorption refrigerators require air flow over the coils to operate, and it's all about how much heat the coils can release into the surrounding air. Ensure any filter you use doesn't restrict that flow too much. It'll work fine during normal weather, but if the flow is restricted too much, you'll discover on some hot day that your fridge is now warm inside.

I don't have a better solution to recommend - I've always wondered about water getting in there in general and just hoped it wasn't enough to be a problem. Sounds like it can be.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:34 AM   #30
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My 2005 Classic 28 lives in a storage yard, attached to a 30A service with the fridge always left on. Nothing else in the trailer is on except the converter.

Very often, when there is a big thunderstorm near the storage yard, the main 30A breaker in the trailer blows and the fridge goes on propane. The storage yard's 30A breaker never blows and no other breakers in the trailer ever blow.

I never have trouble on the road with the 30A breaker and it never blows except during big thunderstorms. This has me puzzled, but the batteries keep the fridge on overnight and I know to check the breaker first thing in the morning.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #31
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The bottom line for us is, should this happen again we will give it time to dry out before hitting the panic button. Learned something new.

We have driven thru a lot of rainstorms in 134,000 miles, and this is the first time this has ever happened. Not only the frig, but all the water that came thru that vent and into the interior.

Surprising that drying out is all took, but we are relieved, cleaned up from the mess and back on the road.


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Old 07-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #32
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Surprising that drying out is all took, but we are relieved, cleaned up from the mess and back on the road.


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Yay! I love a happy ending!
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #33
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Yay! I love a happy ending!
Yes, the very best kind.


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Old 07-12-2013, 06:42 AM   #34
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Well, we bought a permanent, washable air filter yesterday and cut it to fit on the back of the frig vent. Taped it on with clear Duck tape. $1.99 at Ace Hardware in Brainerd, MN.

Not at all what I expected it to look like, a piece of thin, greyish foamy stuff.

No good way to get it to stay in there, and it looks to me like it wold restrict air flow. But, what do I know.

Does this sound right?


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Old 07-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #35
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Well, we bought a permanent, washable air filter yesterday and cut it to fit on the back of the frig vent. Taped it on with clear Duck tape. $1.99 at Ace Hardware in Brainerd, MN.

Not at all what I expected it to look like, a piece of thin, greyish foamy stuff.

No good way to get it to stay in there, and it looks to me like it wold restrict air flow. But, what do I know.

Does this sound right?


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Does it look like this? Do you know the "pores per inch (ppi)" count? A ppi of 15 or better should be all right as far as airflow is concerned; if an air conditioner return air plenum can suck air through it, it should work.

And best of all, since it's only taped on, if perchance it doesn't work, and causes overheating, you can pull it off and try something else.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #36
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It does look like that, don't know the PPI as I have thrown out the wrapper.

Good we are on the right path. Thanks.

A biggie will be if it keeps the wind from blowing the frig out, which happens regularly when we are driving at high speed or in high winds,

We'll watch it and report back.


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Old 07-12-2013, 09:08 AM   #37
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The one we use is blue, and more like strands of material all glued together.

I believe I got it at Lowes.

The trick to the air flow is that while air must move through the filter and rise, it is more of a draft or slow moving flow. Even the small fans, if installed on the Interstate, don't move air at enough speed to cause a problem.

High flow systems like the roof AC and home furnace systems move a lot more air at much higher speeds and do begin to see resistance at the filter.


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If this one is a problem, we will find a Lowes and look for one like yours. Thanks.



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Old 07-13-2013, 12:17 PM   #39
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No, no, no to a permanent air filter!

At Lewie's RV in Brainerd, MN today for the outside shower problem, their super-tech Rick Hines said to never, ever put something behind the air vent like this.

Particularly when parked, this could cause the frig to overheat and start a fire. He has seen it happen.

We took it off.

He and service manager Rick Jaeger also unclipped the zip tie holding a hose in the outside frig area, which they said should actually through to the outside of that external vent.

It's purpose is to drain water from the frig, and should drain outside rather than inside. Makes sense. They took care of this for us.

Aaaah, we are always learning.


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From 25 year old experience I was disappointed our interstate did not have a gas absorption refrigerator. After reading about your experience I am really glad Airstream switched to an all electric AC/DC unit.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:01 PM   #41
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It was weird and unsettling, I have to say.

However, 6+ years and 134,000 miles and this is the first time it has hapened.

We do like having the frig run off propane when we are dry camping. How well do they do off the battery?


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How well do they do off the battery?
Great up to a point. Mine got so cold the first time out that a carbonated beverage can froze and exploded. Perhaps I had the temp set just a tad too low?

Of course you do have to watch the charge on the house battery, the solar panel doesn't deliver that much power.
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