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Old 09-16-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Refrigerator louvered vent question

I have a 1977 Argosy 20' motorhome. The existing louvered vent was covered by some sort of rubber sheet and yard sticks. The rubber sheet blocked 95% of the ventilation.

I think the PO covered the vent to:
  1. Block out water rain/snow
  2. Keep out insents
  3. Cold air (he lived in Montana)
Question: Is there any problem covering the louvered vent with a standard piece of screen in place of the rubber?
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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I suspect that this was to prevent the propane burner from blowing out while driving, although someone that owns this model motorhome may have a better explanation.

In our Bambi, I use a foam filter that goes in a window air conditioner, for this purpose. Otherwise, the burner blows out while traveling, and your refrigerator won't stay cold.

The filter is available from WalMart for about $2.00; and I just position it and close the door on it, trapping it in position. When it gets dirty or starts to deteriorate, I just put another one in. Not necessary when parked. For extended stays, I remove this when setting up camp to improve refrigerator efficiency.
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I've seen and done similar modifications to keep bugs out. Aluminum window screen and 4 pieces of aluminum extrusion to keep the screen in place would be more than good enough.
There are other, better ways to keep the flame from blowing out on the road, if that's what it was for.
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What are the other ways to keep a refrigerator from blowing out while traveling.
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The burner on my refrigerator (Dometic RM100) has a nice shield and only went out once during travel. I'd check to see that your refrigerator has all the original shielding in place.
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