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Old 09-17-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Have you modified your Refrigerator door?

I have a '68 Globetrotter and have camped out a bunch of times this summer. Our first summer really using our restored trailer. The weather has been ridiculously HOT!!! in California this year, constant 100-105 degree days. Our refrigerator stopped cooling well in such weather. I have a flush door covering the back of the fridge without venting other than the roof vent. Has anyone rebuilt their door to add a louvered vent and maybe a screen inside to keep the bugs out? Has it helped? Or is it better to just leave the door off when parked? Whatcha think?
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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Some of the older trailers had a hole through the floor and belly pan for the bottom vent.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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Vent

Randy, My '67 Safari has a floor vent with wire cloth over the opening. I have added screening material to keep the bugs at bay! There is enough air flow for the frig and that also helps with the gases venting thru the roof. I am surprised that your trailer doesn't have the floor vent. A PO may have replaced the floor and forgot to re-install the vent opening. Ed
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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Our '72 had a hole through the floor and belly pan as well for the lower vent for the fridge. I wanted to avoid that in our refurb, so I took the fridge hatch door apart and brought the outside skin to a hot rod shop and had it louvered.

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Be forewarned though! The alclad on our í72 is quite hard, and it cracked at almost every louver. Not sure if you would run into the same problem on a í68 shell. The cracks are really hard to see though, unless youíre within a few feet of the door and youíre looking for them. They are at the bottom outside edge of each louver. When we got the door skin back, I did some experimenting with vulkum, and it will fill the crack and make it pretty much disappear completely. But Iíll wait until after we strip the clear coat before attempting any further repairs. Even with the cracks, the louvers are quite strong and will not cave in.

I have fiberglass window screen taped to the inside of the door to keep the bugs out.

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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refer compartment door mod

I have fiberglass window screen taped to the inside of the door to keep the bugs out.

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Great looking door. Has this modification had any effect on LP/fridge. use on the road?
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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Great looking door. Has this modification had any effect on LP/fridge. use on the road?
Not that I've noticed, but we have only used her twice so far; Sept and Oct last year. The fridge operated just fine both times.

I do have a solar powered fan (not hooked up yet) for the top of the fridge vent, so that will help with air flow on hot days.

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:45 PM   #7
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Decided against cutting into the door

I am going to build a cowling around the refer's element to better vent the heat up the plastic vent to the roof. I like the idea of a solar powered fan to assist during hot weather. The extreme heat of last summer literally knocked the refer out during the day, had to open up the side compartment door to vent it. Will let you know how it comes out this summer after road testing it. Where can I look at that fan? Can you recommend a website? Thanks as always!

P.S. Just got the old oven working and a new heater-Just about complete!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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I think this is it, although I did not buy our's on ebay. I thought I got it at Camping World, but they do not seem to carry it anymore.

Camco 42162 RV Solar Panel and Fan for Refrigerator Vent on eBay!

Checked records. This is what we bought:

http://www.adventurerv.net/solar-fri...an-p-1252.html
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