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Old 11-23-2014, 02:35 PM   #91
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I agree with Jon's and Robert's excellent descriptions of the purpose of an air control baffle - it's about direction, not restriction.

I haven't removed and replaced an RV refrigerator, but repair techs (paid by an extended warranty) have done our big RM2852 (in a motorhome) twice... by themselves, without problems. It's far from trivial, but it's certainly do-able.

If I removed a refrigerator to make any mods, I would certainly think it would be worth both insulating (if not already insulated on all sides) and baffling (if not already baffled to Dometic's spec).
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:37 PM   #92
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The installation is now complete! ; This morning I installed the new Nova Kool refrigerator in my 19', completed the trim details in front, finished terminating the wiring and turned it on. I am very pleased with how it turned out and my wife is very happy as well. Wow! It came out great and started cooling like crazy the second it was turned on. We will probably replace the black door panels later but right now I want to do some real world testing...but first I have a major cleanup job to complete. I've even got sawdust on the camera lens...

Here are some pictures of the finished installation.



The refer is trimmed out with black screw covers and a piece of wooden trim top and bottom.





This is a 7.3 cu ft Nova Kool refrigerator, 3.0 cu ft bigger than the 4.3 cu ft Dometic unit we removed. No more extra cooler for our drinks and now we can bring more frozen food! The refrigerator door has a very generous opening above the bed and the freezer opens to a little more than 90 degrees...all good!!! It is nice having the refer on top where we can look directly into it and the freezer is on the bottom which will get used much less often.



It will also be nice to be able to access the compressor and supply wiring from the lower access vent.



Overall, I couldn't be happier about the outcome of this project. I will keep you posted on my real world testing. I need to confirm that my solar and battery capacities are sufficient.

Stay tuned!

Steve
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #93
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It looks factory Steve. Excellent job.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:05 PM   #94
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From that Dometic Guide... "OPTION NO. 1
Consists of one roof vent and one lower side vent.
Recommended for normal installations where
natural draft ventilation is possible."

Ah-hah, Jon!...and clearly, "F" in their Figure speaks volumes. Is this a smoking gun? Looking maybe like I will be pulling out my fridge and doing the baffle after all.

OOps...excuse typo in my thumbnail "RM...etc."
Reace has stated that the baffle does not work that well.
Baffle for 4.3 and 6.7 fridges


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Old 11-23-2014, 04:30 PM   #95
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Just re-read them old (July '14) posts. It was painful.

Nice work Steve.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:35 PM   #96
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Excellent work Steve. By far the best Escape TT modification yet.
" I need to confirm that my solar and battery capacities are sufficient."
We are eagerly awaiting the final analysis and for our warranties to expire.
Thank you, Bob
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:37 PM   #97
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I started testing today around 2:30 PM. My plan is to run the new Nova Kool refrigerator around the clock for several days supplied by a combination of the two 6 volt batteries and two 95 watt permanently mounted solar panels. I checked the battery water level before starting and the batteries were at 15 volts with no load. The trailer is parked at the side of my house with the refer running at a setting of 4.5 with the panels shaded by the house around 3:30 to 4:00 PM. I put 9 bottles of wine and 3 liters of water in the refer and a 16.3 lb frozen turkey in the freezer. Greggo, notice I said "bottles" not "boxes"...

Stay tuned! Steve
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I put 9 bottles of wine and 3 liters of water in the refer and a 16.3 lb frozen turkey in the freezer.

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Old 11-23-2014, 08:29 PM   #99
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Looks great, Steve. Eager to hear how it works for you in use.
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Reace has stated that the baffle does not work that well.
Baffle for 4.3 and 6.7 fridges


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Read this, by a pro refrig guy.
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