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memtb

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Posted: 11/05/19 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We’ve lived in a 5er for two Wyoming winters, and have done a lot of winter boondocking, our coldest boondocking a -22 F.....with minimal to no problems. Until a week or so ago.

We were in an RV park (full hook-ups).....thank goodness for the power cord. A little winter front came through, with wind gusting to over 35 mph and -10 F (not wind chill). We’ve had this camper for 6 years, with many winter trips, but had never parked with the refrigerator vents facing into the wind!

The front came in at about 01:00 hrs. ....and then we found we had issues. The heater could not keep up.....49 in the living area. Standing approximately 18” in front of the refrigerator, you could feel very cold air blowing into the camper. I ended up placing garbage bags over the outside refrigerator vents to help stop the air flow, which helped a good bit.

Once home I started a close inspection of the refrigerator area. It was then I discovered that there was no insulation or wind-stop between the outer refrigerator sides and the refrigerator cabinet (housing). It was pretty obvious that the refrigerator was at one time removed, prior to our purchase....and there was nothing installed around the refrigerator, for a wind- break or insulation. There was easily a 1/2” gap, all the way around the refrigerator.

After this finding, I stuffed (a bunch) of fiberglass insulation into this gap. I realize that compressed fiberglass is not great insulation but is a darn good wind-break!

We will soon be testing my handiwork! Of course, until we get a hard, cold wind directly on the refrigerator side....we still won’t be certain of the “fix”!

I share this, not only to “vent” a little, but if someone experiences unusual cold air flow into their camper....this may be something to look at! memtb

* This post was edited 11/05/19 08:17pm by memtb *


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Posted: 11/05/19 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

memtb,
You are worth listening to because you live in Wyo.
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Posted: 11/05/19 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fiberglass batt by itself is a terrible wind barrier. Some sort of rubber bulb seal would work much better.


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Posted: 11/05/19 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

Fiberglass batt by itself is a terrible wind barrier. Some sort of rubber bulb seal would work much better.



I concur! However, it’s compressed .....a lot! [emoticon] The compressed depth is probably 4 to 6 inches in depth, there’s a lot stuffed into that little narrow gap! memtb

* This post was edited 11/05/19 01:05pm by memtb *

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Posted: 11/05/19 02:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

THere should be ZERO clearnace between sides/top/bottom of RV Fridge when PROPERLY installed (as per Fridge MFG installtion specs) which few RV MFGs follow.
Then toss in a 'handi-man' repair and you end up with NOT even close......

Goggle your Brand/Model for 'Installation Manual' ....then one day you should yank it back out and install if correctly.

There should NOT be any way for outside to come in around the fridge when done right....not just for cold/hot days but also to prevent CO posioning from bad fridge flame


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Posted: 11/05/19 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

THere should be ZERO clearnace between sides/top/bottom of RV Fridge when PROPERLY installed (as per Fridge MFG installtion specs) which few RV MFGs follow.
Then toss in a 'handi-man' repair and you end up with NOT even close......

Goggle your Brand/Model for 'Installation Manual' ....then one day you should yank it back out and install if correctly.

There should NOT be any way for outside to come in around the fridge when done right....not just for cold/hot days but also to prevent CO posioning from bad fridge flame


Thanks Old Biscuit, We found an installation manual, that said the same....zero clearance. We were far from zero, I think we’re much better, maybe not perfect....but, much better! I hope! [emoticon] memtb

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Posted: 11/05/19 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are attacking it in the wrong place. The refrigerator has a weatherstripping type seal where the face contacts the cabinetry.

You will need to pull the refrigerator partially out so you can replace that seal and then push back into place.

Air leaking is inconsequential compared to the fumes it will leak when the refrigerator is operating on gas or there is some other source of fumes nearby like a generator. That is a hazard.


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