Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-01-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
alb
New Member
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Houma , Louisiana
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
What is this switch?

Hi. New to the forum. New to RVing. New to Airstream. Just bought a 19 foot Bambi Safari SE and there is a switch to the left as you enter that says "Refer/Fan SW." What is it and how is it used? Thanks.
__________________

__________________
alb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 07:12 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
juel's Avatar

 
1976 31' Sovereign
Currently Looking...
Chandler , Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,770
Images: 24
Sounds like a fan to help cool the refrigerator coils in the Summer and let the refrigerator work more efficiently.
__________________

__________________
juel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
alb
New Member
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Houma , Louisiana
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Thanks, but do you know if if I should keep it on REFER on on FAN SW and what does each do?
__________________
alb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 07:31 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Ahab's Avatar
 
2008 22' Safari
Oracle , Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,174
It is an auxiliary fan used when outside temps are 85 or more to help the refer be more efficient. My '08 22' SS has one which is on all the time. During the walk thru, the tech guy suggested I disconnect it or install a switch like some of the earlier models as it is somewhat noisy.
__________________
Ahab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 09:12 PM   #5
alb
New Member
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Houma , Louisiana
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Thanks for the responses, but I'm still confused. Should I keep it on REFER or on FAN SW? I'm not even sure which is "on" and which is "off."
__________________
alb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 09:40 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,483
Images: 64
Alb...welcome aboard! We have the same AS as you, and trust me, you are not the first to be confused by the "Refrigerator Fan Switch" (which is what "Refer" "Fan SW" stands for...the labeling is confusing as "Refer Fan SW" is the name of the switch, not at setting for "Refer" and a different one for "Fan SW"...badly labeled, I'm afraid. With the switch in the on postion (toggle with top in, and light is on), the fan in the upper outside compartment behind the refrigerator (on a thermostat) will kick in during warmer temps to help remove ambiant warm air from the refrigerator mechanics, thus improving the refergerator functions. They blow air outward. In the off position (toggle switch in at bottom, not lit) the fan is off. We keep ours on when the refreigerator is on, except when we are moving down the road, and then it's not needed because of the air flow created by driving.

Some folks find the fan noisy...it doesn't bother us...if it bothers you, you can turn it off when it's annoying you (like at night) or you can replace it with an after market version which is much quieter. Here's a link about that: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f206...kit-25826.html

These fans seem to be a source of minor troubles, however, so make sure yours is operating properly...ours was miswired and the light was on all the time whether the swtich was on or not (talk about being confused! )...fixed under warranty. Others have had a variety of other problems...mostly due to incorrect wiring at the factory.

Again, welcome to the party, and maybe we'll see you down the road!
TB
__________________
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 10:09 PM   #7
alb
New Member
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Houma , Louisiana
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4
Thank you soooo much. Now I understand!
alb
__________________
alb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2007, 11:08 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,483
Images: 64
You're welcome! Glad to help.

TB
__________________
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 09:50 AM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
wagnerda's Avatar
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Central Part , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 160
Greetings... Looks like we also have the same trailer !!! My frig fan/switch/red light was one of the ones factory mis-wired and "on" continously but I now have it fixed.

The fan switch you are talking about, as has been mentioned, controls a fan on the "outside" of your frig. One other suggestion is you might get one of the little frig fan cubes for the "inside" of your frig. They are about 3 inches on each side and take 2 D cell batts. I have one in my frig - just put the batts in when you want it on and it runs for weeks. It really helps to circulate the air "inside" the frig which helps keep all your foods just right. I went thru Death Valley last Sept with one of these and my frozen foods were still frozen - even though the temps even "inside" the trailer were over 100 degrees. And yes, I had my frig running "on" propane while driving, but that is another subject (just do a search on "frig on while driving" because there is plenty of information on that subject, and others have other opinions).

At any rate, nice to have you on board.

regards, Dave
Attached Images
 
__________________
Dave&Shari Wagner
2006 Bambi SE,
2008 Ford F350 Diesel 4x4
AIR#23096
" I am lost and have gone Airstreaming to find myself, If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait..."
wagnerda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 12:30 PM   #10
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,281
Hi All,

By now you know what that little switch does (I have one also). But let me add that while the switch will turn the fan in the refer compartment on, the fan DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EXCEPT MAKE NOSE!

The designed function of that fan is to provide additional ambient airflow over the condenser coils at the top of your fridge to assist with keeping the condenser temps within it's designed range and allow the refer to stay cooler.

Unfortunately, the design is seriously flawed and the fan does NOT perform it's intended task! The only way to get the unit to stay within it's operating range of 38-42* when it's really hot out is to install the cooling fan kit from Snyder's Refrigeration as mentioned above.

I have installed 11 of these kits to date, including my own and the plenum and quiet fan, coupled with a proper thermostat in the required location do the job quite well. If you do not want to install this kit (it goes on easily without removing the fridge) then do yourself a favor and just leave the switch off, as the OEM fan provided by Airstream does not contribute to keeping your fridge cooler.
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 04:12 PM   #11
4 Rivet Member
 
altamont's Avatar
 
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Tracy , California
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 321
Is this switch unique to more model? I have nothing like this in my 2007 27 FB SE. Should I be concerned?
__________________
altamont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 04:31 PM   #12
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,281
This switch can be a real drain on your batteries if you boondock a lot and depend on your batteries' charge. Especially since the fan draw is essentially wasting your batteries for nothing.

There IS a thermostat connected to the 12VDC line that is designed to turn the fan on when needed, but it is in the wrong position to be really effective. If you're worried about not having the switch, just unplug the fan from the 12VDC power lead at the back of the fridge.
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #13
Cyclist
 
henw's Avatar
 
2007 28' International CCD
Windermere , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 457
Is the cooling fan from Snyders helpful for all AS refrig units in hot weather? Their website seems to imply that it would be useful for any RV.

Tom
__________________
henw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2007, 08:25 PM   #14
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,281
I can tell you from the reactions of the RV owners that the kit works on any RV fridge. It's greatest strengths are the directed cooling air on the condenser coils and the proper placement of the thermostat that cotrols the fan.

I highly recomend them if you are having problems keeping your fridge within the designed operating temps when the ambient temps get over 85*.
__________________

__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
2006 bambi


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can someone ID this switch? djfrantic Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 7 05-14-2007 05:33 PM
3 way switch Tin Lizzy Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 7 08-07-2006 08:45 AM
What is this switch for? Silverfly 1960 - 1964 Overlander 8 09-21-2004 03:42 PM
3 way switch Ultradog Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 3 07-04-2004 02:13 PM
Which switch is which or what 74Sovereign Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 6 09-10-2002 09:55 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.