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Old 06-19-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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Question Floor under Fridge

Have 1970 overlander and have pulled fridge out, was 110V dorm style fridge. There is a square hole with heavy mesh screen under where the fridge would sit. Is this normal, did it come from the factory that way? The belly pan also has square hole in it with mesh wire, again is this factory? I am a newbie and need some help and advice in this area. If it is normal, seems it would need some tight knit screen to keep flying insects out? Your advice please. Thanks Dan
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:54 AM   #2
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It's Factory

Yes! this is normal. When the refer is running on propane this is where the fresh air comes in for the burner. Don't get any ideas about blocking it off. Above the refer there is a rectangular vent or chimney that the exhaust from the burner exits the trailer. Both are required and should be kept open for safety reasons. I would not cover it with a smaller mesh screen, this is not a forced air vent, convection only.
I would say that more bugs get in thru other avenues like windows and doors with poor gaskets and seals than thru the refer vent.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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Twinkie is spot on. If you are never going to run a propane fridge, then cover it up if you want too. When I installed the new sheet vinyl in my TW I did not cut the hole out for the vent at the time as I had an old dorm type fridge. When I installed my new Dometic, I just cut out the vinyl flooring over the hole and installed the new fridge.
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The air acts to cool the fridge also, you need to keep air flow. It also has a chimney up the back thru the roof.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:24 AM   #5
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Add a 2nd screen!

Hi,
I just finished replacing my fridge and found that the original screening could allow alot of bugs to enter. I recommennd attaching over the original screen a new one. I used the metallic screening that I got from VTS when I replaced window screens. It will allow the air flow minus bugs!
I have a few photos posted on the Globetrotter 1968 forum. Good Luck and have fun.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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The "safety reason" mentioned above is that LP gas is heavier than air and will pool if it leaks, for any reason.

That, of course, is not Good Thing.
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Thanks to all who responded, I have learned something and I am thankfull to you all.

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