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Old 10-21-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Refrigerator vent security

Several members have p/m me on how I secured the exterior refer vent on my Escapes. Depending on year, some have room on the vertical sides for flat head sheet metal screws. On my current E21 I removed one of the interior vent screws, drilled a hole in the cover and replaced the screw. It will prevent losing the vent on the road in case the plastic latches give way.
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Several members have p/m me on how I secured the exterior refer vent on my Escapes. Depending on year, some have room on the vertical sides for flat head sheet metal screws. On my current E21 I removed one of the interior vent screws, drilled a hole in the cover and replaced the screw. It will prevent losing the vent on the road in case the plastic latches give way.
Just to be anal, that looks like an oval head, not a flat head. I suspect it might be a wood screw too and not sheet metal screw. Oval head and flat head screws work well with finish washers.
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Maybe I was not clear. For the vertical installations on 2016 and earlier models, use flat head machine screws. For the later models on the horizontal, use one of the interior mounting screws.
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Several members have p/m me on how I secured the exterior refer vent on my Escapes. Depending on year, some have room on the vertical sides for flat head sheet metal screws. On my current E21 I removed one of the interior vent screws, drilled a hole in the cover and replaced the screw. It will prevent losing the vent on the road in case the plastic latches give way.

Great tip. Thanks!
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Thanks Jim
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A little bit related: Apart of our customizing we didn't need nor want the Dometic 3cuft refrigerator/freezer. Yesterday my SO found someone on FB Marketplace looking for the exact unit!

So over they came and we pulled the unit out of our 15A. I expected to find all sorts of things behind the plastic vent but not 8 HUGE paper wasp nests ��! Fortunately the nests were empty. And of course plenty of small stones/rocks, debris, etc., that hitched rides from parts unknown too.

I'll be 'glassing in the two holes that once served the refrigerator eventually...but for now white duct tape seals them off.
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I installed screening on the refer vents to prevent that....
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I installed screening on the refer vents to prevent that....
Here's the ones I installed for our fridge.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The furnace needs one too. Cleaning out a nest in the tubes is difficult.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've never had vent covers on the hot water heater. I had a paper wasp nest behind the door once but a can of wasp spray took care of that in short order. The propane heater tube has never been bothered.
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