Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-21-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy 28
new braunfels , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 9
Frig vent to outside?

I just bought a 77 28' Argosy tt. Everything original except it has a small house frig in it. I want to buy a frig for it. There is a outside door but there is no roof vent or any other vent to cool the frig. Should there be a vent?
If so were was it located? Thanks for the help in advance.
Signed Just Getting Started.

baddog0263 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
DryFly's Avatar
1972 Argosy 20
Snoqualmie , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 436
On the inside of your trailer above the refrigerator, running from the counter top to the ceiling, should be a plastic (ABS I believe) chase. On the exterior, where that chase hits the interior ceiling, should be a cap about 1' long that is basically a rain shield. If the chase and the cap aren't there, then the PO removed them, and in order to put in a trailer friendly refrigerator, you will need to re-invent/install both components.
Others will have other opinions.
My 2c, and worth every penny.

DryFly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2015, 05:49 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy 28
new braunfels , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 9
Thank you, I had no Idea. Yes it looks like PO removed it. :-(
baddog0263 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 01:35 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
Geismar , Louisiana
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 83
Hmm I have removed mine... Is a vent like that really needed if you are using a modern DC/AC fridge? Or a simple mini-fridge from home depot/lowes? They don't expel any harmful fumes that I know of and as long as there is enough airflow behind it, it should be ok, right?

Danec020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 02:33 PM   #5
Rivet Master
Currently Looking...
Mission , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 836
The vent is only needed when running the fridge on gas, or if it is an amonia cooling system in case there is a leak.

At least that's what I remember.

They say as you get older the second thing to go is your memory, I don't remember the first.
nrgtrakr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 02:48 PM   #6
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
lewster's Avatar
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,306
Any ammonia absorption fridge needs to be vented regardless of the heat source. Thus is to allow for proper air flow across the condenser fins located at the top of the cooling unit.

If theyl get overly warm, it negatively effects the chemical process (which I won't get into here) going on inside the tubing and will not allow for proper heat transfer and cooling inside the box.

Lew Farber
RVIA/RVDA Nationally Certified Master Tech
Master Tech Energy Systems, Inc.
AM Solar Certified Installation Center
Lifeline Batteries**Magnum Inverters
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 07-26-2015, 03:16 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Currently Looking...
Mission , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 836
What Lew said ...

I love the internet and my smartphone ...

Overview of ammonia refrigeration:

RV fridge in application:

RV fridge more detail:

The stationary engineer in me loves this stuff.

nrgtrakr is offline   Reply With Quote

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
Installation with Hole in the Roof vs. Frig vent Mikec1231 Generators & Solar Power 6 10-27-2013 10:25 AM
New frig in 90 degree outside temperture silver 67 Refrigerators 2 07-06-2013 08:11 AM
Frig vent /battery box Canlib Refrigerators 4 07-10-2010 04:38 PM
Frig that vents out the roof vent only? Zstream Refrigerators 3 08-08-2008 09:27 AM
Enlarging a vent in an outside wall cindy Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 1 07-19-2006 10:34 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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