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Old 02-01-2018, 01:35 AM   #1
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Texas Fan Switch

We got the optional Texas fridge fan on our 19, but haven’t had the hot weather need or opportunity, yet, to use it.

One thing troubles me about it, however - the placement of the switch inside the guts of the fridge, accessible only through the exterior fridge access hatch.

I want to wire a second switch into the circuit that will mount on interior cabinet face near the fridge. The electrical side of this is easy, but I’m not sure about the where and how of running the wires. Also thinking I might need to pull the fridge? But am apprehensive about that as I’ve never done it.

Anyone else tackled this particular mod yet? I searched but couldn’t find any info on it.

Thoughts and ideas are appreciated, as always.

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Old 02-01-2018, 02:26 AM   #2
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I've pulled my fridge a couple times, quite easy. Disconnect the gas, 12V, 120V and drain hose. 2 screws bottom back, 2 bottom front and 2 top front (have to pop control panel off. Do have a second person to help, and have a place ready to set it.

This would allow you to run wires to a switch above the fridge. It might be possible with the fridge in place, but certainly tougher.
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That has been performed by several members, myself back in 2014 on my 21. Easily done to bring a jumper wire with switch, mine was mounted inside the bottom flip down door compartment. That said and with ETI recommending not to use it while under tow, I'm leaving the nw one off until I see a need for it in really hot weather, then I'll remove the cover on my 19 and activate it if need be.
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ETI recommends not using the Texas Fan while under tow? That's the first I've heard of this. Does this mean if you don't have a switch in the front, you need to turn it off from the hatch in the back of the refrigerator?
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ETI recommends not using the Texas Fan while under tow? That's the first I've heard of this. Does this mean if you don't have a switch in the front, you need to turn it off from the hatch in the back of the refrigerator?
Correct, leave the switch in the off mode while moving. Once there you can turn on the switch and let the thermostat operate. In the newer models it was causing the fusible links to blow while operating while moving. So Reace suggested just to turn it off and and use while stationary, seems to work better that way.
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Thanks Jim. This actually makes more sense than having that fan running all the time -- especially when driving in hot weather. (I'm assuming the switch is easy to find .... )
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Thanks Jim. This actually makes more sense than having that fan running all the time -- especially when driving in hot weather. (I'm assuming the switch is easy to find .... )
Looks like this. Like Jim said - hard to miss.
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