A beautiful day for a frig vent fix - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-12-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
Tin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: NA, Arizona
Trailer: 2017 5.0TA
Posts: 451
A beautiful day for a frig vent fix

Thought it was a beautiful day for a frig vent fix and thought I would post some pics in hope that some might find it helpful. I used a putty knife, small screw driver, plenty of rags, latex gloves and acetone as a cleaner /solvent. Please be aware, there are some exposed sheet metal edges that are very sharp, I put some duct tape over the sharp edges just in case (pics #1 and 5).
I found that sliding the putty knife between the foam and the backside of the plastic vent and gently prying up and towards the frig worked best, this also helped remove the majority of silicone at the same time (pics #2 and 3).
I then used a doubled up rag with a small screw driver inside to clean all remaining silicone while dipping the tip of the rag in acetone. (pics #4)
After a thorough cleaning and drying (pic #5) I applied ProFlex into the crack between the vent and the frig drain very slowly while making sure the proflex penetrated down into the crack (pic #6).
I then proceeded to smooth down the proflex using my finger and wiping the excess onto a wet rag. Please note, make sure vent tracks are clear of any residual proflex. This was defiantly the hardest and messiest part of the job as anyone who has worked with proflex might know (pic #7)
I used about 3/4 of the proflex making sure it got down into the crack and I 'am reasonable sure water will not be going down that crack .
I am NOT saying this is the best way or the only way or anything YMMV.
Tin.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1.jpg (153.5 KB, 98 views)
File Type: jpg 2.jpg (186.0 KB, 104 views)
File Type: jpg 3.jpg (162.8 KB, 91 views)
File Type: jpg 4.jpg (137.4 KB, 89 views)
File Type: jpg 5.jpg (188.9 KB, 107 views)
File Type: jpg 6.jpg (151.5 KB, 91 views)
File Type: jpg 7.jpg (183.4 KB, 102 views)
__________________

Tin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2017, 08:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: los angeles, California
Trailer: 2017-21' Escape, Casita 17' (sold)
Posts: 1,239
Thanks for posting Tin!

__________________

Losangeles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2017, 09:52 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19' and 2016 GMC Yukon SLT SUV.
Posts: 302
Send a message via AIM to Tonny LR
Tin,
Nice work. Thank you for posting fridge vent fix pictures.
Tonny LR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 06:26 AM   #4
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 5,558
What issue were you fixing?
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 07:51 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
H46Driver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2013 Casita (Sold) 2017 Escape 21
Posts: 277
Thank you very much! The pics will be very helpful for those of us who have not completed this yet. Great narrative, great pics!!
__________________
Dave

Never underestimate a man with a Degree in Physical Education.
H46Driver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 08:14 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
escape artist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2016 Ram Eco Diesel 4X4
Posts: 6,153
Hi: Tin... Nice job... well done too!!! I see in pic's 5&7 the end of the flexible fridge defrost drain hose w/ nylon baffle screwed down near the drain hole. Most "Stickie" mfg's just let it stick out through the plastic grille. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
__________________
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'16 Ram Eco D. 4X4 Laramie Longhorn CC & '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas (Not the Virgin Islands) Ontario
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 08:37 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Naples, Florida
Trailer: New 21 Escape (not classic)10/16 Sold Lil Snoozy 7/16
Posts: 382
fix

I just received my package from ETI . This will be a project for next week . Since it hasn't rained in SW fl for a while no problem .
jennykatz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 08:49 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
escape artist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2016 Ram Eco Diesel 4X4
Posts: 6,153
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennykatz View Post
I just received my package from ETI . This will be a project for next week . Since it hasn't rained in SW fl for a while no problem .
Hi: jennykatz... Great seeing you two again. Our rain is falling in solid form. LoL No rain... no problem!!! Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
__________________
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'16 Ram Eco D. 4X4 Laramie Longhorn CC & '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas (Not the Virgin Islands) Ontario
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 08:57 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
rubicon327's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Burlington Twp., New Jersey
Trailer: 2010 Escape 19
Posts: 3,086
Quote:
Originally Posted by padlin View Post
What issue were you fixing?
Bob,
See link. Only the newer trailers. Shouldn't affect you.

www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9/anyone-else-get-a-surprise-escape-package-9721.html
rubicon327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2017, 09:26 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Area 51, New Mexico
Trailer: pondering.....
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tin View Post
Thought it was a beautiful day for a frig vent fix and thought I would post some pics in hope that some might find it helpful. I used a putty knife, small screw driver, plenty of rags, latex gloves and acetone as a cleaner /solvent. Please be aware, there are some exposed sheet metal edges that are very sharp, I put some duct tape over the sharp edges just in case (pics #1 and 5).
I found that sliding the putty knife between the foam and the backside of the plastic vent and gently prying up and towards the frig worked best, this also helped remove the majority of silicone at the same time (pics #2 and 3).
I then used a doubled up rag with a small screw driver inside to clean all remaining silicone while dipping the tip of the rag in acetone. (pics #4)
After a thorough cleaning and drying (pic #5) I applied ProFlex into the crack between the vent and the frig drain very slowly while making sure the proflex penetrated down into the crack (pic #6).
I then proceeded to smooth down the proflex using my finger and wiping the excess onto a wet rag. Please note, make sure vent tracks are clear of any residual proflex. This was defiantly the hardest and messiest part of the job as anyone who has worked with proflex might know (pic #7)
I used about 3/4 of the proflex making sure it got down into the crack and I 'am reasonable sure water will not be going down that crack .
I am NOT saying this is the best way or the only way or anything YMMV.
Tin.
nice job documenting the steps you took for the fix...
Is the switch that is mounted with black Tie Wraps to the two tubes (visible in several of the pics) a ETI factory installation or something that was added later?
Is there 12 volts potential on what appears to be the non-insulated red wire connections to the switch?
Thanks
__________________

freespirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.