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Old 07-30-2014, 05:53 PM   #21
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You are correct Dave, sorry about that.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:30 PM   #22
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I talked to Mike at Fridge Fix.

Apparently some 8555s have the upper fins grounded but NOT the lower. That would explain what I have seen.

I am concerned the white power wire and its supply may be inadequate for the fan, so I plan to run a new pair of wires to the DC terminal block on the back of the fridge.

I will verify this tomorrow, hopefully get my fan going, and post pictures.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:25 PM   #23
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I installed a Fridge Fix unit this morning in my 5cf refrigerator. It was very simple and straight forward to pull my positive wire through the thermistor exit to outside and clip the negative wire to the fins. I have not cooled the refrigerator down yet to know if this will help me in Texas heat.
I use weed eater line to pull with and don't know why you could not lengthen the negative wire and land it behind the fridge too.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:31 PM   #24
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Doug, it would not be hard to run the ground up to the freezer, just notch the inset a tiny bit. As far as the load on the small white wire, it works and besides, the fridge fix draws very little when on.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:42 PM   #25
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Doug, it would not be hard to run the ground up to the freezer, just notch the inset a tiny bit. As far as the load on the small white wire, it works and besides, the fridge fix draws very little when on.
Agreed. And Mike will send anyone who needs it a jumper to connect the fins.

But there is the slight(?) possibility that the wire will be overloaded and Dometic could void the warranty. And I saw less than 12V on that wire - especially concerning with the low LED draw. So why take a chance?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:07 PM   #26
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fridge fan power

When I put the two fans in the back of my fridge and one inside I tapped into the wires for the 12 volt plug that is under the fridge, fused the wire and put two small toggle switches below the fridge door. One circuit powers one fan and the other the external fans. They both have wires coming up through the bottom of the fridge, one set in the back and one set in the box. The fans definitely help on a hot day 80 to 90 or more. I should have a fan fix unit setting on my door at home and daughter will pick it up and bring it to San Diego Friday and I hope to use it to replace the one fan inside the fridge. I just drilled through the box floor and sealed the wires where they passed through. After my trip home next tuesday I should have an idea if the fridge fix is better than my one fan attached to a shelf.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:08 AM   #27
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I received my Fridge Fix and installed on my 4.3. Run my power wire through the thermistor hole and connected outside. My lower Evaporator is not grounded too. Spoke with Mike at Fridge fix and he is sending me a wire to jumper them together. For now I removed the freezer and connected it to the upper Evaporator. We don't use the freezer much anyway and had already purchased a extra shelf you can add when you remove the freezer. We may leave the freezer out and just install it if we ever need it.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:28 AM   #28
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We don't use the freezer much anyway and had already purchased a extra shelf you can add when you remove the freezer. We may leave the freezer out and just install it if we ever need it.
This is interesting, and I have seen a few others that have said the same.

Our freezer seems to be always full. Like this weekend, heading out today for 5 days, we have a couple extra bags of iced stuffed in it to replace the stuff that will melt in the beer cooler and to use for cocktails, plus a few ice cream treats. We also keep ice cube trays in it once the bagged ice is gone, to have a good supply of fresh ice, especially in hot weather like we are getting now. On longer trips we usually have extra food for our dog that we bring along, rather than trying to find decent priced meat for him on the road.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:01 PM   #29
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our freezer isn't that big as we have the smaller fridge in our 17...But it works so well and I seem to have it pretty jammed--heck we even got some ice cream one trip.
I have a small bag of the plastic "reusable" ice cubes for drinks--enough to make it a bit cooler and doesn't dilute the drink... Does not leave a plastic taste either...
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:38 PM   #30
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Fridge fan installed - but I won't test it until we go on a trip in 2 weeks. (We have to store it in a remote lot, which does not have power.)

I also installed insulation above it - thanks to Jim for this idea.

Pic 1 - Fridge top as it comes
Pic 2 - Fridge top with insulation

Pic 3 - Fridge interior with Fan and power cord
Pic 4 - Fridge exterior with power cord exiting box
Pic 5 - Fridge terminal block with power cord
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