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Old 09-08-2003, 03:03 PM   #1
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Vent under Fridge on 66 Caravel

I finally had a key made to the access door under the fridge. To my surprise I noticed a wire mesh opening near the wheel well. Is this factory or a PO modification? If it is original, is it for venting? I looks as though water has mad its way in thru this vent and effected the wood cabinetry (which is ok since I am rebuilding the cabinets). If this vent is not original and dies not serve a purpose, I will close it up to prevent future water damage.

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Old 09-08-2003, 03:06 PM   #2
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My 68 Caravel has that vent just as you describe. I think it is necessary. I know mine is covered with a small furnace filter and there is a homemade windblock around the burner to keep it lit while towing.
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Old 09-08-2003, 04:03 PM   #3
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I have the identical vent as well. I also noticed some deterioration around the plywood flooring in this area, whereas the rest of the floor in my Caravel is solid. I have been tempted to cut out the marginal wood and re-build the vent somewhat smaller, but haven't because I've assumed Airstream knew something when they designed the hole so big!

Stef, I have a home-made looking windblock as well, made of galvanized (?) metal. Perhaps it wasn't homemade after all?

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OK, so it is original! That's what I figured.

I have been contemplating a way to build a shield of sorts to allow air to flow but do a better job of keeping water out.

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Improving the opening.

The opening allows cool air to enter as warmed air rises out through the "refer scoop" and roof vent. Unfortunately for me Airstream put my opening directly behind the tire and when I first bought my AS the opening and neighboring chassis was filled with dried mud and debris thrown in from tire rotation. So, first I cleaned it all out then built a metal chute with a screen to keep critters out and finished on the outside with a aluminum vent cover turned to keep splash out of the opening. Here's a photo of the chute or box I made with the screen screwed and caulked in place. Look past the screen down into the bottom and you can see the hood or vent cover I adapted to prevent splash.
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