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Old 09-14-2008, 12:45 AM   #1
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Am I missing the refrigerator intake vent???

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Today I visited the Confined Space Rally at the Eagle Creek Overlook just outside of Portland, OR. Francoise and I had a great time and we got to meet Janet and Gary, Stephanie and few others in person... not just as forum avatars.

One thing I noticed that brought a puzzlement to my simple brain... most of the older trailers (60-70s) had louvers or openings in the access panel to the lower back of the refrigerator.

My 75 Safari has an access panel with no louvers and I can't seem to fine and air inlet for the cool air intake (eg. bottom) side.

Is this bad? Do I need to get the access panel louvered? Do nothing an hope it works?

A bit confused...
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:47 AM   #2
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Is there not a grill at the bottom of the fridge to let air come in under the unit?
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Like Frank said, there should be a screen set in the floor at the bottom of the fridge that draws air in from under the trailer.
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Look underneath your trailer, under the refrigerator area, and see if there is a screened vent in the floor. If so, that is how the air gets in, goes up behind the refrigerator (convection) and goes out the vent on the roof.

My trailer is a little older than yours and the vent is cut into the belly, covered with screen and then the vent up to the refrigerator is offset a bit. I surmise that this is to avoid getting moisture up into the floor area when traveling. Be sure yours has screen over the hole(s) to keep critters out.
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
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Let me go take a look....
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:29 PM   #6
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Yes... there is a vent in the belly pan under the refrigerator with a screen. Whew.

... but while I was under their I noted the curbside rear stabilizer was bent about 30 degrees at the leverage point. It looks like someone tried to use it as a jack. (sigh)
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It's always something huh? Sorry to hear about the stabilizer, but I guess it's best to know about it.
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Yep... it just gets more interesting.
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... but while I was under their I noted the curbside rear stabilizer was bent about 30 degrees at the leverage point. It looks like someone tried to use it as a jack. (sigh)
The PO probably drove off forgetting it was down. I did that once but thankfully I was on soft, wet grass. I now hang a yellow tag from each stabilizer to get my attention they are down.
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Cool and a good idea. I'm sure I'll forget one day... but I got to get it on the road first.
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