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Old 05-08-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Traveling with gas on

For those who don't like to travel with gas on, here is something to consider.

I accidentally bumped the power switch off on my brand new Dometic this morning at about 10 when I was oiling the oak above the panel. Fridge inside temp was 35 at the time. I noticed 3 hours later at 1PM that the fridge inside temp was 42. This is on a nice, work-outside May day with the trailer in the shade of the storage barn and a nice breeze blowing. It took one hour from a cold start to get the inside temp back down 2 degrees and that was with a Snyder fan on the rear fins. Once past the cold start-up, the temp drop became faster.

Consider what the inside temp would be after traveling for 8 hours in the sun at near 100 degrees.

Disclaimer, the fridge was only about 1/2 way full and more contents would have helped abate the temperature rise, although not near enough for a long, hot summer day of travel in Texas.

P.S. The Snyder fan kit really helps cooling in hot weather. On my 28, the flame does not get blown out while on the road, but apparently, there is not a good air flow over the fins while traveling. I suspect the problem has to do with placement of stuff on the roof. The kit guarantees I have good air flow under any condition.
John W. Irwin
2005 Classic 28 "Sabre-Dog III"
2013 Silverado 2500HD Duramax/Allison LTZ
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