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Old 05-04-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Help!!!

I have my Dometic refrig pulled out to replace the cooling unit. It turns out to be a pretty good job, but thats not why I am asking for help. I read somewhere that putting a small fan behind the refrig to help exaust hot air would vastly improve the efficientcy of the frig. Has anyone done this and did it work? What kind of fan? How is it hooked up, ie what makes it come on and go off? Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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My 2008 20' Safari has an auxilary fan. The fan switch is located on the side panel next to the refrig at the door of the TT.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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Somewhere in the past I read the item your referring to. The person installed a computer cooling fan in the rear by the air inlet screen in the floor. I think it was in a 66 Caravel.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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Here is one that several people use and that I'll be installing shortly.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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I have a small metal fan from wal mart in mine, I plugged in in with a 3 way adapter. I really don't think it helps much. Good luck!
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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We bought this: Solar Fridgecool Fan - $48.22

I have yet to install it though.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #7
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I am a thrifty sort of guy (my wife says "cheap". Went down to the local recycling center and found an old desktop computer. Removed the power supply box (usually a cube about 8" x 8") gutted it except for the fan (which, coincidentally, is almost universally a 12volt unit) Mounted it on the wood deck immediately behind the fridge pointed upward and ran the leads to the 12v terminal at the fridge terminal box (I do have an inline switch) and, Voila!. Cheap. Has worked now for some three years.

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Almost like Mike: Radio Shack 12v computer fan bolted to wood deck behind fridge pointed up with some spacers to lift it about 3" for circulation, 9" of insulated wire with an in-line switch wired to terminal box. It does make a noticeable difference. You just want to remember to turn it off when you aren't using the TT.
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Almost like Mike: Radio Shack 12v computer fan bolted to wood deck behind fridge pointed up with some spacers to lift it about 3" for circulation, 9" of insulated wire with an in-line switch wired to terminal box. It does make a noticeable difference. You just want to remember to turn it off when you aren't using the TT.
I did the same thing, except I also got a thermal furnace switch (normally open, 140* close temp) and installed it inside the insulation within the chimney. Whenever the fridge is on and heating, the switch closes and the fan turns on. When I shut off the fridge....about 30 minutes later, fan shuts off. I also have a manual switch inline, so I can shut off in cool weather or when boondocking.
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