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Old 07-18-2014, 02:47 PM   #41
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Thanks Jon! I reviewed the instructions and the only thing I would change is adding fiberglass insulation sandwiched between the fiberglass body and the vertical baffle panel. Thanks again!
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #42
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This isn't something a novice might want to take on. Glad I don't have to do it.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:40 PM   #43
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What is the procedure for the 4.3 frig ?
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:59 PM   #44
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What is the procedure for the 4.3 frig ?
The same just less insulation because of the cabinets above.

Here is a picture of our fridge (4.3) area before the fridge was installed.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:01 PM   #45
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I'm not sure I'm comfortable with doing this, I might have to wait until next year and stop in the factory before going to Osoyoos. We do not have that much hot weather left, I hope and there should not be that much hot weather before the rally, so that is my plan.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:15 PM   #46
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I assume this is not applicable to the 5cf fridges? I have not had an issue though, even in hot climates.

Seems like a simple mod with just a few supplies. I would be tempted though, to use a rigid insulation.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #47
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Jim, I on the other hand can't wait to get started... One aspect of Reace's design that I don't like is that he hasn't insulated the boxed-in area behind the fridge. He designed the baffle to promote the proper air flow through the coils but that baffle box will still get really hot when it is hot outside with the sun shining on that fiberglass surface. When I do my baffle I plan to use tapered PolyISO insulation board that is designed for commercial roofs. 3.5" of that stuff has R value over 20. I figure that a solid (tapered to fit the curved wall area) baffle made from PolyISO board of the same overall shape proposed by Reace will keep the back of the refrigerator much cooler and result in better overall cooling performance. I will probably also add some high volume cooling fans (my stock fans are noisy) switched inside the trailer and maybe 4 thermocouples with a digital temp display inside so I can measure the temps everywhere in that area. I plan to record all of my work so I can share it later.

I'll be camping for the next few weeks and then get started on this..

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I like the extra 120v outlet back there, I'd be tempted to purchase some 120v fans. install a switch on that outlet and make your own texas fan option while the refer is out.
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I like the extra 120v outlet back there, I'd be tempted to purchase some 120v fans. install a switch on that outlet and make your own texas fan option while the refer is out.
But they won't work when boondocking. Some really good 12 volt fans will only draw .1 amps and can run all day...and small 12 volts fans are lower cost and more plentiful because of the PC and electronics business
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Keep in mind when doing this mod that if you modify anything on the fridge itself that Dometic will probably be more than happy to void your 2 year warranty should you have a problem with the fridge.
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