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Old 12-28-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Vent Cover - long or shortened?

The refrigerator vent cover was missing on our '66 Safari 22' when we bought the trailer. We purchased a new vent cover from Andy, and it is the "long" one, since that's all they make these days. The instructions were to cut it and overlap the two pieces to shorten it if our trailer originally had the shorter cover.

The trailer did have the shorter version. The new cover is a beautiful piece of aluminum work, and I hate to cut it. Would it work if we sealed the original mounting rivet holes and drilled new holes an inch or so fore and aft to mount the longer cover?
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:44 PM   #2
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The refrigerator vent cover was missing on our '66 Safari 22' when we bought the trailer. We purchased a new vent cover from Andy, and it is the "long" one, since that's all they make these days. The instructions were to cut it and overlap the two pieces to shorten it if our trailer originally had the shorter cover.

The trailer did have the shorter version. The new cover is a beautiful piece of aluminum work, and I hate to cut it. Would it work if we sealed the original mounting rivet holes and drilled new holes an inch or so fore and aft to mount the longer cover?
The longer cover will work just fine.

The instructions of how to shorten it are for those that want to be "exactly" original.

Plug the old holes with Olympic rivets and Vulkem sealer.

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Old 12-29-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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Thanks, Andy. Appreciate the help.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:01 PM   #4
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The refrigerator vent cover was missing on our '66 Safari 22' when we bought the trailer. We purchased a new vent cover from Andy, and it is the "long" one, since that's all they make these days. The instructions were to cut it and overlap the two pieces to shorten it if our trailer originally had the shorter cover.

The trailer did have the shorter version. The new cover is a beautiful piece of aluminum work, and I hate to cut it. Would it work if we sealed the original mounting rivet holes and drilled new holes an inch or so fore and aft to mount the longer cover?
Just put a long cover on our Minuet, looks just fine. Fill the old holes like Andy said. No problem
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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Fortune has favored me since I originally posted this thread. I stopped to look at an old, neglected Airstream on a trailer lot. The trailer was really a fixer-upper, but lying on a couch inside it was an unused short aluminum fridge vent cover. One quick negotiation later, the cover is mine. Waiting for weather to be good enough to install it.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:57 AM   #6
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I like the look of the longer ones...maybe you could hold both of them up there and see which one you like best.
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That's a good idea. Thanks.
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How long are each of them?
That is: what is the difference exactly?
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Measured from the tip of the flange at the longest point, the short one is 23 1/4 inches and the long one is 28 1/4 inches. The short one is actually a little shorter than what must have been there originally, judging by where the holes are. I've had to fill one set of holes anyway. Still thinking about which cover to install.
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