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Old 11-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #41
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I've been looking over at the CasitaForum for a picture I know is hiding there somewhere. It's a refrigerator vent awning built out of sunscreen material (like Susan's Shades) a framework of PVC and two clips holding it to the belly band. That wouldn't work on the Escape, no belly band like the Casita, so I was thinking maybe good suction cups/hooks.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:16 PM   #42
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I have also seen many recommendations for installing an inside the refrigerator fan to circulate the air inside to optimize the fridge.
I use a cheaper version of this, two D cell batteries last weeks. The difference between this one and mine is I have to pull the batteries to shut it off But it cost me about 1/2 the price. They're available lots of places and I think work just as designed.

FridgeCool Fan with On/Off Switch - Valterra A10-2606 - Refrigerator Accessories - Camping World
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:21 PM   #43
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I'm having a hard time grasping the value of shading the fridge. I can picture parking under a tree, next to a stream, but just using a small awning on one side of the fridge wouldn't accomplish much, me thinks.
Maybe it would help a bit if the trailer was black and absorbed a lot of solar. I'd think that the main issue would be ambient temperature, and the awning can't prevent the surrounding hot air from "cooling" the fridge fins.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #44
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Is this a Fiberglass trailer thing? I've never heard of a Texas Fan before, other then the Longhorn or Cowboys versions.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:07 PM   #45
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I can't imagine how the factory awning would block the fridge vent on my 17 or get hot enough to be an issue.
Glenn,
I said non factory installed items, I'm sure Escape would have considered that issue. The issue of shade is having the intake area in shade to create a cooler intake of air while using heat to cool your food.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:23 PM   #46
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The inside fan is a battery operated one you set inside on the bottom to move the cooler air that settles on the bottom to make the refrigerator cooler on top. Your home refer has a fan that runs inside to prevent frost, same idea. The exterior fan in the rear is to move any trapped hot air so that the refer can cool down better and quicker, particularly in the summer. Here is the interior one Amazon.com: Camco 44123 RV Fridge Airator: Automotive
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #47
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Occurs to me that using an awning over the fridge vent would likely create a pocket of still air that might end up hotter than surrounding air. And, it's the exchange of heat from the fridge to the surrounding air that matters.
I think I'm done thinking now.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #48
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There have been many discussions about Dometic's ability to cool your food when the ambient temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Some of it's models may do a better job than others. If you are camping in regions of the country that cool down at night you will likely not have a problem. If you travel to southern regions where you experience high temperatures and humidity, the ambient temperature could be 90 degrees at 10 PM. Then you
probably need to consider getting the Texas fan. It has a thermostat and a on/off switch when the fan is not needed. If you search in the archives you will find some good information on this discussion.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #49
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #50
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This is the note that Kim sent me:
The Texas Fridge includes an additional fan built into the larger 6.7 fridge to increase air movement for those customers who reside in above average temperatures. Please note the 4.3cuft fridge has fans built into it.

Now that I have this information, I can pass it on to our customers.
Tammy added this note to my build sheet with a 6.7 cf fridge:

``Texas Style Fridge with Upper and Lower Fridge Fans``

Sounds like 2 fans. Curious.....
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