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Old 07-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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Shading the fridge

OK, this may be a hair/hare-brained idea but what the heck....
In discussing how to make the fridge cool better, people often say you should try to keep the fridge side of the trailer in the shade. Following on that vein, I'm thinking about creating a 'shade-making' device when natural shade is not available and wanted input on what areas would be most important to shade.

I know the awning would shade the whole side of the trailer but here in NM (and other places) wind is unpredictable and we hate to leave the trailer for long periods of time with the shade extended.

So, if one were to fashion something to shade just the fridge area, would you need to shade from the very top of the upper vent and on down to below the lower vent? Or do you want to leave the upper vent exposed and shade from there down or visa versa? Any ideas on where it is most important for the shade to be or NOT be? Clearly the shade would have to be far enough out from the wall of the trailer so it does not impeded air flow but I'm just in the wondering about it stage right now.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:59 PM   #2
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Somewhere on the forum is a photo of an awning that someone rigged up to cover their refrigerator. I've looked but can't find it. Maybe someone else can help ...
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Here is a photo of a shade we used last summer in Tumalo, OR.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_vansnell/9367758608

We propped the bottom cover open and rigged a small fan to blow air into the bottom of the fridge.

Tumalo is in the Oregon high desert, hot in the day and cool at night which gave the fridge a chance to recover. We used ice in a cooler for drinks so that we did not need to open the fridge very much. The fridge was running on propane and we had a solar panel to provide power for fans and lights.
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Brian, which picture shows the shade you were talking about? I looked at numerous pictures of yours and didn't find it.
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The first one,with the white tent shows his vent is open on the side...
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Just a thought...
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OK. I see the vent opening shaded.
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Here is a photo of a shade we used last summer in Tumalo, OR.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_vansnell/9367758608

We propped the bottom cover open and rigged a small fan to blow air into the bottom of the fridge.

Tumalo is in the Oregon high desert, hot in the day and cool at night which gave the fridge a chance to recover. We used ice in a cooler for drinks so that we did not need to open the fridge very much. The fridge was running on propane and we had a solar panel to provide power for fans and lights.
So you think only the lower part needs to be shaded? Or would it help to shade the part above, up to the exhaust vent?
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:56 PM   #10
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Ah Ha! I found the post that had photos of outside awnings. Can't see that any of these are shading the fridge, but the concept was really innovative. Maybe it could be adapted? https://sites.google.com/site/ourescape15trailer/home

(Scroll down to the "modifications" section, outside awnings.)
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