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Old 04-10-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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The cool air inlet vent for my regrigerator that opens on the side of the trailer for access to service, just above this opening on the inside is a large full width boxed in area. This area apparently stores some of the LCD tv and other wiring, however.. I notice that it obstructs the upward lift of the cool air by at least half or more. That tries to cool the fins on the upper portion before it vents out the roof cap. In hot weather I think this is affecting the proformance of my lower refrigerator portion. I read alot of complaints in this forum ( refrig ) of high refrigerator temps, and try to overcome it with fans and other contraptions, Does anybody know what is in the boxed in area, and is it necessary to be so big? Thinking about pulling my reefer and opening it up to see for myself. Restricting air flow doesn't seem like a smart design. That's my 2. Appreciate any feedback on this...
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Okay ... good question. Do you have any trouble maintaining fridge/freezer temperatures in warm weather? I'm impressed how ours keeps ice cream in a very hard state. You and I have essentially the same Airstreams but it'll be a week and a half before I can take a look. I know that there is absolutely no space between the bulkhead and fridge, so wiring has to go somewhere -- surprising it takes as much as you indicate. I'm going to bookmark this thread, follow along, and report back when I get a chance to look at mine.

Just curious -- my '06 went down the line about 08-10-05. Do you know the production date of yours? I've heard unrealistically low production numbers for '05s but they keep turning up here at the Forums. Thanks
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:13 PM   #3
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last summer while we were at the A/S factory having our hydro brakes installed, I mentioned that I might want to pull our fridge to install the back side of a TV arm. I was told that I had to be sure to make the area air tight when putting it back together, as that was important to keeping the fridge going when burning LP gas. ( from wind outage, etc) I know there is a rubber seal around the frame where the fridge fits into the cavity. So far I haven't had the courage to pull the fridge, but I really wonder if that isn't some wasted storage space.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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The cool air inlet vent for my regrigerator that opens on the side of the trailer for access to service, just above this opening on the inside is a large full width boxed in area. This area apparently stores some of the LCD tv and other wiring, however.. I notice that it obstructs the upward lift of the cool air by at least half or more. That tries to cool the fins on the upper portion before it vents out the roof cap. In hot weather I think this is affecting the proformance of my lower refrigerator portion. I read alot of complaints in this forum ( refrig ) of high refrigerator temps, and try to overcome it with fans and other contraptions, Does anybody know what is in the boxed in area, and is it necessary to be so big? Thinking about pulling my reefer and opening it up to see for myself. Restricting air flow doesn't seem like a smart design. That's my 2. Appreciate any feedback on this...
there is not suppose to be any obstructions or "shelves" or voids in the enclosure where the fridge goes, because that can disturb the natural air flow. I already put in false walls to create a narrow space to get that venturi effect up to the roof vent...or you can install one of my kits to help out the problem.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:32 PM   #5
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safari25-05,

if you look at your owners manual, you will find that the installation anstructions (if you got them) are very specific about the size and shape of the rear plenum for a fridge installation.

If you didn't get a manual, you can go to Dometic USA and get one for your model. This might help answer your questions.
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There's a pretty large transformer box attached there other than the wires. The weight of it with the attachment and movement caused ours to separate and the dealer had to pull the fridge and reconnect the plug. In our case it was not secured well--only duct tape-really. We had the dealer secure it but where we could reach it after the fridge was pushed back in place in case we ever needed to get at it again from the exterior door. This was when we had our Safari.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:19 PM   #7
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Here's the photos of reefer job, what it looked like before I changed anything, after photo is how I enclosed everything on the side at the rear of the refrigerator. Omitting the boxed in area above the cool air inlet for the refrigerator should un restrict the sir flow to the fins at the top rear of the refrigerator. These fins sit very close to the inner skin of the trailer that should allow this air to be directed right over the fins. Also...while I had the refrig out I installed a small a small pc fan with a very low battery draw, I think some where around 1/3 amp with a control switch by the tv antenna amp.. My final 2 .. very disappointed with AS sloppy..sloppy wiring and the wood strips stapled to the side walls that they had power nailed should have been glued and screwed to hold better. Hope you can see the pics..
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/stonecrest4us/
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if last post didn't work...

If you can't see the photos in last post, go to photo section of forum I put them there, under safari25-05
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