Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-24-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1978 25' Tradewind
Victoria , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
refrigerator vent and duct

We bought a "new to us" '78 Tradewind last week and are excited to get it into camping shape! Our first question concerns the fridge. The previous owner took out the gas/electric refrigerator and simply stuck a small, dorm-size electric fridge in. We want to go back to the gas/electric. The problem is that the previous owner also removed the duct that connected to the roof vent on top of the trailer. The roof vent is still there. He put a patch over it from the inside so that the top is water proof. Of course, we will take the patch off. But what kind of duct will carry the air from the lower intake vent in the side of the trailer up to the vent itself? What are these made of? Is there a commercial duct available? Also, would an ac/dc fridge be a better option since the duct is not there? Please help!!

goliad1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
Rivet Master
68 TWind's Avatar
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,450
Might try Inland for a replacement duct, I know they have them for some model trailers. They are not cheap. I believe the a original was made of ABS plastic. Some folks who are good with fiberglass lay ups have made their own replacements using fiberglass.

I am buying a new gas frig soon for my Trade Wind. PO had removed and replaced with a dorm type electric.

Good luck.

68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 09:00 PM   #3
Site Team
, Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,098
Images: 59
You can also make one out of scrap aluminum if you have some laying around.
I wouldn't recommend switching to an AC/DC fridge, the heat rejected from the condenser still has to go somewhere and you don't want it inside the trailer.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Refrigvent 006.jpg
Views:	130
Size:	56.7 KB
ID:	84444  
markdoane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #4
1 Rivet Member
1978 25' Tradewind
Victoria , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
refrig duct

thanks for the tip. Did you make this in the picture? did you have template or a drawing?
goliad1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
Site Team
, Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,098
Images: 59
No template, just did it by eyeball. The overall cross section of the duct is 23" wide and 4 1/2" deep. I boxed in part of the wall behind to refrigerator coils to get good convective flow around the condenser. Read the installation instructions carefully and if you do a good job on the design you won't need any booster fans.

Here are a couple of more pictures.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Refrigvent 002.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	56.2 KB
ID:	84587   Click image for larger version

Name:	Replumbing 001.jpg
Views:	107
Size:	88.0 KB
ID:	84588  

markdoane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
1 Rivet Member
Vintage Kin Owner
Pagosa Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 13
I have a similar problem, I have a 50ish Star Trailerized home (not an airstream obviously), and it has the hole in the cabinet layout for a Dometic (I think). Relatively tall, with a curved top, and the corners are edged with metal beading. No propane hookup, but there is an electrical outlet behind it. The original fridge is missing, and somebody put a small refridgerator in the trailer, probably about 4 1/2 feet high. It will fit into the old fridge slot, with a little framing to hold it in tight, but I'm concerned about venting. There are no original vents, to my knowledge.

I'd like to put it what was originally there, but I'm a little short on money. Maybe at some point in the future I can afford it.

I do need some sort of a vent setup, right? And what way would be the best to rig this up? Vent at the bottom and one at the top going out of the trailer?
alamojack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2010, 08:41 PM   #7
4 Rivet Member
the544man's Avatar
1956 16' Bubble
Dallas , Oregon
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 363
Images: 39
venting in side?

hello--i have a 56 bubble that has a 20 " x 15" vent in the side of the wall. do you think i can put my norcold fridge backed right up to it? i thought i might put a alluminum baffle in from the vent to "cut the vent in two in a matter of speaking. my hopes are that the fridge would pull fresh air in from the bottom--pass over the colling agent and vent out at the cooling fins to the top of the side-vent. does that make sense? do you think it will work? my trailer's gutted and it has to be the way it was done in the past as a baffle already exitst in the louver. man--i hat to build all of my cabinetry and find that this won't work. anyone offer help? regards--ted
the544man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2010, 09:18 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
1980 31' Excella II
Drummond Island , Michigan
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 140
Just looked at the vent for our Dometic fridge that is original to the trailer ('80 31' Excella) It is made out of plastic and has a little sticker on it that says "this Vent kit is for a Dometic Refridgerater to be used and installed without modification". The key would be to know how large of a vent you need to be adequate for the fridge. The back of our fridge is open to the vent the entire width between the wall partitions the fridge is mounted between and is about 3 inches deep. If the vent is concealed in a cabinet it could be fabricated quite easily and cheaply from the aluminum covered foam board used for home warm air ducts. They sell it a home centers. You could probably scribe a pattern on a cardboard template and then cut the foam board to fit.

Ahzmyrah 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
refrigerator vent? critter All Argosy Trailers 11 07-29-2009 08:03 AM
Refrigerator vent location? bmartinpe 2007 Safari SE 3 01-31-2009 07:53 PM
refrigerator vent not screened---WHY airstream4 Refrigerators 3 04-05-2008 08:12 PM
vent under refrigerator dnrtheil Refrigerators 10 06-03-2007 05:11 PM
Propane Refrigerator Vent B Stover Refrigerators 3 10-31-2005 07:02 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:25 AM.

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.