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Old 10-24-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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Fridge vent ideas

We are restoring our '67 caravel and it has had new interior skins installed. With the trailer came lots of new parts, one of which is the fridge vent. Unfortunately, the curvature of the vent does not match the curvature of the trailer wall. It is a fiberglass piece, so I don't think it can be re shaped at all...need ideas!


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Old 10-24-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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Probably a new one with the correct curvature is the solution, then sell the one you have on the classified section of the forums.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:54 AM   #3
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This a side vent or a lower vent? Not much info to go on. I think the older trailers had a vent through the bottom and then one on top and maybe an access vent on the side for maintenance. Newer trailers like mine draw air in through the side access hatch.

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This is the vent that goes along the wall of the trailer and vents on the roof, and the PO was the one that ordered it for this trailer so I'm worried a new one will be exactly the same. How important is the roof vent if the side vent breathes well?



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Old 10-24-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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The fridge vent system is like a chimney. Air for cooling and combustion comes in through the bottom and out the top. With no top vent, all the fumes and potentially carbon monoxide will build up in the trailer. Mine has an inner oblong piece that rivets or screws to the roof and then a cap over that. Photos would help us understand.

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This is the vent that goes along the wall of the trailer and vents on the roof, and the PO was the one that ordered it for this trailer so I'm worried a new one will be exactly the same. How important is the roof vent if the side vent breathes well?
The PO may not have ordered the right vent or was sent the wrong one and didn't realize it.

The vent is necessary for proper operation of the refrigerator, safety and cooling both.
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[QUOTE=lewishw;1701159]We are restoring our '67 caravel and it has had new interior skins installed. With the trailer came lots of new parts, one of which is the fridge vent. Unfortunately, the curvature of the vent does not match the curvature of the trailer wall. It is a fiberglass piece, so I don't think it can be re shaped at all...need ideas!


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We are restoring our '67 caravel and it has had new interior skins installed. With the trailer came lots of new parts, one of which is the fridge vent. Unfortunately, the curvature of the vent does not match the curvature of the trailer wall. It is a fiberglass piece, so I don't think it can be re shaped at all...need ideas!


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Just installed fiberglass refrigerator vent in 1966 tradewind during frame off restoration. Purchased it from inland rv last year. It is longer than original plastic one and allowed me to reposition a little to conform with new interior skin. Drilling and using cliquos pulled new aluminum skin closer to fiberglass vent. Then i riveted. I had almost no gap.
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I've read on here where others have had the same trouble with gaps on the fiberglass replacements.
I think Vintage Trailer Supply has them now but made from thicker plastic.
For my 67 Caravel have started making one out of aluminum.
The idea comes from Zepplinium on these forums. Look at his posts and you will see how he did it.
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We are restoring our '67 caravel and it has had new interior skins installed. With the trailer came lots of new parts, one of which is the fridge vent. Unfortunately, the curvature of the vent does not match the curvature of the trailer wall. It is a fiberglass piece, so I don't think it can be re shaped at all...need ideas!


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Vented mine out the bottom only, works perfectly.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-38289-56.html
post #777 and #795 #800

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Since hot air rises I am not sure how the bottom vent system works. Unless it is a forced air system ie fans.


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Since hot air rises I am not sure how the bottom vent system works. Unless it is a forced air system ie fans.


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Yes, it's a forced air systems, has worked perfectly for 4 years, I have no heat build up. The 2 Fans are switched, and have a rating of 50,000 hours, same type of fans used in a computer.

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