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Old 09-26-2014, 02:29 PM   #11
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There is an excellent article in the November 2014 issue of MotorHome regarding an add on fan box from Smart RV Products which might of some help to someone.
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:33 PM   #12
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I think we've been there, done that.
If it is the same fan, Reace has tested it and found it to be of no or little value.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #13
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I've been playing with the 12v on our curent trip. On lpg the temp went up to the mid 50's with ambient in the mid 80's. So far running on 12v the temp will rise up to the mid 40's, same ambient, same 7 hours on the road.

Have at 160w panel, battery monitor shows about 6A from the panel at about noon and about 10A from the truck. Heading out about 8 am I end up with about a 20A deficit by the time we pull off the road around 3. This in bright sun.

Have a few more days of travel to go, will try a couple on 12v and 1 on lpg when the milk is gone.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:30 PM   #14
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Hi Bob

Have you plugged the hole in the bottom of the door on your fridge yet?

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Yes, on the day the fridge went up to 54 4 weeks ago and we tossed the dairy. Have not had a repeat of those temps but then we have not been back in the same conditions till the last 3 days. Forcast looks like the same as we approch the east coast.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:07 PM   #16
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Is it possible the reduction in performance on propane is related to a pressure drop caused by the venturi effect of air moving over both the top and side vents at highway speeds ? The problem may be exacerbated on the Escapes because of the aerodynamic design and tight construction. The pressure drop would likely have the same effect as a pressure drop due to increased altitude. I believe the manual says the units may have issues operating on propane at higher altitudes.
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I think we've been there, done that.
If it is the same fan, Reace has tested it and found it to be of no or little value.
Yelp, same fan that is sitting on my work bench now.
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:08 PM   #18
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Hi Bob

Some other things to try. How about putting a piece of tape over the inside drain hole at the rear of the fridge. See if this will make a difference while travelling.

Another user taped his thermistor to the side of the fridge wall rather than in the fins.

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I think we've been there, done that.
If it is the same fan, Reace has tested it and found it to be of no or little value.
It does help keep the fridge defrosted.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:34 AM   #20
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Here is what I resorted to to keep the refrigerator cold when on the highway. It does work.

Tom, the information about the refrigerator lock out after three tries is interesting,
Where did you find that?

The furnace filter is an 12x16 and I stripped off the cardboard. Not very elegant.

I had the refrigerator into a service center and they installed a Dometic flame guard, a curved piece of sheet metal that covered the flame area. That did not work.

I have run the candle test and as a result filled the hole in the bottom right of the door. The testing did not show issues around the drain hole so that is open. Temperatures still rose with hole filled.
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