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Old 11-29-2013, 11:02 PM   #51
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I think I asked this once before, but since I'm needing to make a decision pretty quickly about the frig I'm raising it again -- Does anyone know if there are fewer difficulties with the 4.3 frig when the trailer is in hot humid areas? I've been playing around with the idea of getting the smaller frig for the 19 -- and if the smaller frig is more effective, that would be something to think about.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:24 PM   #52
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I see now Brian, we're talking two different things. I wasn't thinking of an awning on the roof refrigerator vent, but the one on the side of the trailer.
Maybe three different things, if you include an awning on the vent
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I was thinking shade for the fridge side of the trailer. Something to help keep the sun and heat off of that area.
The awning would shade the side of the trailer in the refrigerator area, including the lower vent, but not the upper vent in the case of the roof-vented 21'. Something has to hold up the top of the awning, and it occurred to me that the awning top rail could hook onto the edge of the roof vent opening without blocking it... or maybe not - just a thought.

For the other models with street-side refrigerators, I think Jim's concern about an awning covering and mounted close to the upper wall vent interfering with air circulation is valid.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:29 PM   #53
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I think I asked this once before, but since I'm needing to make a decision pretty quickly about the frig I'm raising it again -- Does anyone know if there are fewer difficulties with the 4.3 frig when the trailer is in hot humid areas? I've been playing around with the idea of getting the smaller frig for the 19 -- and if the smaller frig is more effective, that would be something to think about.
Hi Ruthe, I`ve no trailer experience myself. But it`s getting late and I`m not sure how many posts you`ll get tonight, so I`ll take a stab. In the first few posts from a previous thread, 19`owners cite hot weather cooling problems with the 4.3, 5.0, and 6.7 cf fridges. Couldn`t successfully add link here, but thread is called `Fridge Cooling Questions``.

I`m pretty sure I remember reading another past thread as well, where cooling problems were experienced by owners of various sized fridges.

So, I`ve got no direct experience, and I don`t know the proportion of complaints by fridge size, but the smaller fridges also seem to cause problems for some.....tough call, good luck! j
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:44 AM   #54
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Does anyone know if there are fewer difficulties with the 4.3 frig when the trailer is in hot humid areas? I've been playing around with the idea of getting the smaller frig for the 19 -- and if the smaller frig is more effective, that would be something to think about.
We have the 4.3 fridge in our 19 and have had zero problems with it. We have been in hot & humid, hot & dry, and definitely cold and damp. It has performed flawlessly in all situations and was more than enough storage space (including freezer) for the two of us. This also takes into account all the "special needs" foods I bring from home :

We have been really happy with our choice
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #55
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Terry is pretty adamant that we get the larger frig and I think he is probably right -- at the beginning I was the one who insisted we needed the larger frig -- Jamie that helps to be reminded that all the refrigerators had problems, although after reading Glenn and Rosemary's post I was ready to get the smaller one. I'm thinking that we should get the fan for the big one and talk to Reace about installation.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #56
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Hi: Ruthe... Just MHO but I'd put my money on a larger fridge, less densely packed with food, to cool better. Remember it's not really cooling but extracting heat from the contents. Alf
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #57
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Ruthe, I'm getting the larger refrigerator. I have a 4.5 cubic 3-way in my Scamp. I can typically go about 5 days before I need to grocery shop. AND, I know the difference between what needs to be refrigerated and what only needs to be kept cool. (Refrigerate dairy and meats... just as what's refrigerated at the store). I plan on turning one of the cupboards into a "fruit and vegetable bin." By putting a plastic tote of some sort in the cupboard and freezing "blue ice" to pack in the tote. Most often folks stuff refrigerators when camping when they don't need to. Freezers work best when stuffed, refrigerators work best when packed loosly.

In the end, my decision about whether to get extra refrigerator fans is based on economics. Its sounds cheaper to get it done during the build than after! And, I certainly don't know where I'll be camping and in what temperatures 3-5 years from now. YMMV
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #58
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Thank you Donna and Alf. That makes so much sense to not crowd the frig -- because with the smaller one I know I'd just be stuffing in the food. The other thing is that I've been a little sorry to lose those two cabinets above the smaller frig, but something's lost and something's gained so to speak.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #59
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The larger fridge is definitely nice to have. We use ours for perishable food for up to 4 people for 4-5 days before restocking. Also, the larger fridge will accommodate more beer and wine than the smaller fridges.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #60
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We have the 4.3 and although we missed the heat of summer this year we spent a week in Florida in 80 degree weather with no problems. We even had to turn it down to #3 setting a few times because it was starting to get down in the upper 20's and freeze food in the fridge section. It also has a fan installed on it that appears to be a Dometic installed item and be part of the fridge. I have have not seen or heard it run yet.
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