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Old 07-13-2022, 12:14 AM   #1
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Fridge Installation Question

Can anyone describe how the area on top of the refrigerator is configured on a trailer with the rooftop fridge vent and unused space over the fridge? I can see daylight, presumably from the fridge roof vent, through the open area in the fridge mounting area at the top of the freezer door. If I can see daylight, that means the area is open to the roof vent and the area can accumulate exhaust heat from the fridge cooling unit as well as heat from sunlight on the roof. I'm guessing there was some baffling or insulation there which got displaced during my cooling unit replacement and that is the cause of the poor cooling performance I am seeing.

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Old 07-13-2022, 12:42 AM   #2
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In our 2012, Airstream built a box behind the refrigerator to aid the airflow only over the coils, and not just floating around in a large space behind the coils. I have a blog entry that might help give you some information, remember there are a few years between our trailers.

However, I don't feel it is a problem seeing the daylight at the top of the refrigerator. By that time the airflow has already passed over the coils. Look from the rear to see if you have a box close to the back of the refrigerator. Maybe get a mirror to see if you can see up the back of the refrigerator.

Removing a refrigerator is not too hard of a process. You just need to disconnect LP, 12VDC, and 110VAC. Some screws in the front, then a couple of bolts in the back. Then some muscle to take it out.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-13-2022, 08:53 AM   #3
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My 25' 1988 has a microwave cabinet over the fridge. The back of the cabinet is a folded sheet of white aluminum. The Al sheet has 3 folds and is shaped to block off the space over the fridge and move the hot air up to the vent. If you can see the vent over your fridge they left out an important piece. Or pieces. Air should go up the back of the fridge and out through the vent with no point of entry into the trailer interior. I could take pictures of mine if you need it. I am not at it to look but I think my 32' has a small cabinet over the fridge that has a plywood floor parallel to the top of the fridge and the same Al back to the unit that directs the air to the vent.
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