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Old 08-22-2014, 03:17 PM   #11
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I'm having trouble following this discussion. Isn't Alf talking about refrigerated air leaking from the interior of the fridge? Air leaking around the outside of the fridge box is something else, right? I'm going to check for both this afternoon, but in our 19 with the 6.7 cu ft fridge, there is a really tight rubber seal around the fridge sides and it's caulked with expanding foam on the bottom. Not sure about the top. Now, back to Alf, I'm really curious about the Maxx fan pulling air out of your fridge unless there is some way for air to go in somewhere else, which would have to be vented outside the camper like pulling air through a window. How is this possible? Not saying it's not happening, but I'm having trouble understanding.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
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One of those infrared thermometers could be used to confirm that it is actually fridge air that is moving as opposed to outside air moving past the fridge door. If air can get out of the fridge then air can get in.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:25 PM   #13
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I'm having trouble following this discussion. Isn't Alf talking about refrigerated air leaking from the interior of the fridge? Air leaking around the outside of the fridge box is something else, right? I'm going to check for both this afternoon, but in our 19 with the 6.7 cu ft fridge, there is a really tight rubber seal around the fridge sides and it's caulked with expanding foam on the bottom. Not sure about the top. Now, back to Alf, I'm really curious about the Maxx fan pulling air out of your fridge unless there is some way for air to go in somewhere else, which would have to be vented outside the camper like pulling air through a window. How is this possible? Not saying it's not happening, but I'm having trouble understanding.
Hi: Parker... While you're checking the fridge door seal... stick your finger in the bottom right corner of the door, where the door handle would insert if the door was to be reversed. Even with the MaxxFan not running there is still cold air leaking from the fridge door...just not as much as with the MaxxFan running. Maybe Dometic should have made a foam rubber insert or plugs of some kind, for this hole!!! No windows were open either. Alf
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:30 PM   #14
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Or if air can get in somewhere like around where the cooling coils are mounted or thermistor wire hole is maybe it can be pulled through the door latch then out these holes?

Parker is looking at his and says the air may be coming in the drain hose. Drain hose is next to the burner. Possible 100+ degree air coming back in. Maybe that's why it don't work as good on propane.


Question is can air get from from the latch area to this hole?

Alf you may have found something!!
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:44 PM   #15
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Or if air can get in somewhere like around where the cooling coils are mounted or thermistor wire hole is maybe it can be pulled through the door latch then out these holes?

Question is can air get from from the latch area to this hole?

Maybe you have found something Alf!!!
Hi: KountryKamper... Just trying to understand this whole issue. I did find a lot of cold air escapes when you depress the door latch and when seated at the dinette and someone opens the fridge door WOW!!! Alf
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:49 PM   #16
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I removed the top control panel and fitted a piece of foil backed foam behind the panel. This was AFTER I had placed fiberglass bats on the sides and top. The fridge is just inserted in a space in the cabinet. I used clear caulk to seal between the cabinet and the fridge edges. I eliminated all air penetration around the fridge and air coming in through the latch area. Turn your fan on high with everything shut and hold a tissue around the fridge and see how much air penetration there is.
Thank you techfan. So the "insert" is the refer itself.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:38 PM   #17
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I always crack a window when using the MaxxFan to avoid the negative pressure it can create, but I wonder if the fans inside the refer can create an air flow, I checked and did not find any. I'm sitting at 40/2on #2 setting 80 degrees outside.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:40 PM   #18
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I just got back from a little tinkering with the Escape, texting back and forth with Tom the entire time, and as you can see we've discovered as possible path for cold air to be pulled out of the fridge. I'm attaching a better picture of the cold air exit that Alf discovered and another of the latch, which is inside the perimeter seal with a lot of clearance around it. So air could be pulled through the defrost drain hole, maybe around the thermistor hole (ours was caulked), and after looking behind the fins the other day, perhaps from that very large area as well. There are two holes visible in the picture. The larger one is blind, but the smaller one opens up into the door. A small piece of duct tape should do the trick. This may not be THE fix, but it's certainly easy to do and may help at least some. Thanks for your observation, Alf!
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:51 PM   #19
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I'm sitting at 40/2on #2 setting 80 degrees outside.
Is this in a 'stock' 6.7 or do you have you changed anything?

Mine 'out of the box' would touch 40 on #4 setting and stay under 40 only on the #5 setting.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:57 PM   #20
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Totally stock, no changes. I've installed a Fridge Fix fan, which I brought home today to modify, but the fridge is as delivered.
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