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Old 08-22-2014, 05:57 PM   #21
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Hi: Parker... I believe there is another hole on the side of the space, beside the smaller one in pic. #1. I couldn't believe the amt. of cold air drawn out by the MaxxFan. There must be more to it than meets the eye!!! Possibly removing the trim edge and face panel of the fridge might have to be done. Alf
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:58 PM   #22
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Sorry, you weren't addressing me.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:02 PM   #23
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Hi: Parker... I believe there is another hole on the side of the space, beside the smaller one in pic. #1.
Hi Alf. There is a square opening there, but I'm pretty sure it's closed off. Wish I had looked a little more carefully now. The smaller hole, I inserted an 8" zip-tie all the way with no trouble at all. I wonder what kind of insulation they use in the door. If it's fiberglass it wouldn't do much to restrict the air moving about in there.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:11 PM   #24
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Tom just texted to say that only the small round hole is open. He's suggesting that some air could also leak around the top latch button, but that would be pretty tough to seal. Thankfully there's not much clearance there.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:24 PM   #25
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Mine is stock also, with fridge fan fix and factory baffle. I checked again and temp rose to 42/11 so I moved control to #3
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:09 PM   #26
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Do you folks agree with keeping the temp below 40 degrees F ?

My goal, based on these guidelines, is to keep the box in the 35-38 range and accepting a door opening temp rise to get back below 40 within a couple hours.

By removing the freezer it met those goals in power #3. But I won't be happy until I have ice cubes too!
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Refrigerated Storage - from USDA site


Refrigeration increases shelf life of most products. Most importantly, refrigeration slows bacterial growth. Optimal refrigerated storage conditions can be achieved by following these guidelines:
  • Maintain refrigerated storage spaces at 32-40F
  • Make thermometers readily observable, easily readable, and accurate to +3F.
  • Position the temperature sensor to register the warmest air in the refrigerated space to ensure adequate cooling.
  • Establish the correct refrigerator temperature by placing a thermometer in a glass of water in the middle of the refrigerator. Wait 5 to 8 hours. If the temperature is not 38-40F, adjust the temperature control. Check again after 5-8 hours.
  • Ensure that refrigerators have enough open, slotted shelving to allow for air circulation around shelves and refrigerator walls to maintain proper food temperatures.
  • Ensure that doors have a good seal and close tightly to maintain the temperature and the efficiency of the unit. Additionally, keep doors closed as much as possible.
  • Keep a back-up appliance thermometer in the unit in case of a power outage. If the refrigerator is still 40F when the power returns, the food is safe. The food should not be consumed if the temperature is held at 40F for more than two hours.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:47 PM   #27
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If I turn off all lights and opened the door and shine a flashlight at the door latch and I can look up through this hole in the bottom and see light. I actually think I can see all the way up the door.

When we run the exhaust fan in the exhaust mode the camper is in a negative pressure even with the windows cracked because I can hear the fan noise change sound when the door is opened

It must be pulling air in the fridge from somewhere and I suspect the drain line. It would not take a lot of 100 degree air to warm the fridge.

We have occasionally had condensation on the outside of the door at the latch area but I would just wipe it off and the next day it would not be there. Probably because I was not running the exhaust fan. I would say this is definitely the cause of the condensation on the door and if Alf is feeling that much air this could be at least part of the cooling problem.

I turned on my fridge and will test it over the weekend.

Way to go Alf!!
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:11 PM   #28
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Attached are pictures of the 'leaks' on the lower corner of ours. I put a straight edge on the frame and the door. The frame was perfect ... the door is bowed, the high spot is in the middle.

In time it could only get worse ... the door is so flimsy I see no way to stiffen or "adjust" it. I guess you could glue a composite straight edge?

I put a light in all 4 corners and could only see the leak in the lower corner. I visually inspected the refrigerator mounting and it all looks great.
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Try removing the door shelfs and checking again. I found ours doing that and a shelf was binding not letting the door close properly.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:00 PM   #30
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Good tip Tom and/or Cheryl! Thank you : )

I pulled the drawer and still a little light passed until I gave the bottom of the door a little adjustment. It is sealed fine now and I realized the refrig drawer was in backward! ....

I'm going to test it more with the freezer 'in' and see if the frig fix fan works better behind the refrig then in it. I also ordered an adjustable thermistor.
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