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Old 07-20-2015, 10:15 PM   #11
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You can get some small, black classy looking switches that would fit right in on the front section...even have a blue light.
It would have a blue light if you also ran a ground wire to the switch.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:32 PM   #12
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I don't believe the top of the refrigerator is the normal location for that fuse, is it? I'm pretty sure mine is at the bottom of the rear of the unit, accessible from the outside panel.
That is where our 's Is too . I am confused hey all these differences for same frig about same time . Pat
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:34 PM   #13
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It would have a blue light if you also ran a ground wire to the switch.
The switch itself has a blue bulb (or LED).
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:06 AM   #14
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Myron, I think our refrig's are similar as I took delivery 5/2013. With all the retrofitted baffles, fans, thermistors, and insulation, I'm as happy as a nice, cool clam. We had a 106 degree day or two coming home in June and the beer stayed plenty cold.

We dry camped enough for me to conclude the current draw to run those two fans is minimal.

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Old 07-21-2015, 12:40 AM   #15
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Here's mine. My single fan is mounted about where Myron has a red grommet showing in the bottom part of his photo. My buss block and fuse are also mounted here. I can't see far enough up the cabinet back to locate anything else, there's what appears to be a wooden baffle, but I'm pretty sure there's no second fan. Serial number is 34600002
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Myron, I think our refrig's are similar as I took delivery 5/2013. With all the retrofitted baffles, fans, thermistors, and insulation, I'm as happy as a nice, cool clam. We had a 106 degree day or two coming home in June and the beer stayed plenty cold.

We dry camped enough for me to conclude the current draw to run those two fans is minimal.

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Hi Gregg . Are you saying you did all those improvements ? Or did you manual switch your fans ? Pat
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Here's mine. My single fan is mounted about where Myron has a red grommet showing in the bottom part of his photo. My buss block and fuse are also mounted here. I can't see far enough up the cabinet back to locate anything else, there's what appears to be a wooden baffle, but I'm pretty sure there's no second fan. Serial number is 34600002
Is this a 4.3 fridge? If so, it's different from my May 2013 unit. My two fans are up higher like Myron's are and my buss block is on top of the fridge. Maybe Dometic knew they had issues and tinkered with moving the fans around to see what gave better performance?
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The switch itself has a blue bulb (or LED).
Requires a ground wire in addition to battery positive. With the lower junction block you have east access to battery positive for a fan switch.
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I have the same configuration as Santacruzer. Serial #3140006000 delivered 8/13. Had Main control board go bad last summer and had to pull fridge to replace. The board is located abt where the double fans are on the back of the other configuration. While out I installed the baffle as ETI was at that point thinking it would solve the issues. LOL. Since then removed freezer, veg crisper and installed the inside fans, got a new door for a fix LOL still marginal performance. the RV center really discouraged me from playing with the fan as I may void warranty. With the success many are having I will be pulling It to redo the insulation, take control of the fan, run a circuit for another fan if needed and get the snip and clip. I may angle the baffle to 45 if it will come apart easily.
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From all I have read and heard this battered sad sack of a fridge sure got issues. I don’t think it’s a lemon but who can ignore them issues. Not insignificant is the big mystery behind why some owners have drastically differing versions of the same fridge! I mean like, why do some got the 4.3 with fans, others not, or other components found in back, or on top, that are different from other 4.3 owners. Some get an insulated trailer cavity, but others did not. My 4.3 warms up inside big time when it is 90 f plus outside after I do something foolish, like open its door for a cold one. That’s not nice for the price, is it? Isn’t it strange we get tropical weather here but cannot get the Dometic “T” version?

Therefore to satisfy curiosity about these things I submit pictures of my 4.3’s behind, and open this thread for others to submit their differing versions, if you got one. My serial number is 13700005, purchased 19 Sep 2013. Show us what you got!

PS: I pulled mine out to do some of the mods I have been reading about, and they are these:
  • Built framing for that baffle Reace liked, then didn’t like. I liked Ron of BC’s design and did my modified version of it. A metal baffle is easier to install because of its flexibility. Logic told me it has to help.
  • Insulated the be-Jesus out of the fridge cavity. (Ditto sentence 3 above.)
  • Replaced the thermistor with a Snip-the-clip thermistor. (Why not?)
  • Designed a plastic curtain acting as a barrior for escaping cold air. (Better than nothing.)
  • Removed the freezer compartment. (I always bring an ice chest anyway.)
  • Struggled with adding a manual switch for them two factory “Texas fans,” then rejected the idea. (If it ain’t broke, etc.)
I don’t want a new door, or to upgrade to the bigger two-door model. 4.3 is fine for me. Like I said, I do not think the thing is a lemon…not yet.
Myron, If you get a chance, would you mind snapping a picture of your inside plastic curtain? I want to do something similar and was thinking of attaching it at the top with Velcro. What material did you use? Thanks! - Rich
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