Originally Posted by bad1032
Ok day 3 with the new fans, its been about 100 degrees here every day, yesterday it went into defrost mode and went to 40, this morning it was back at 35, so I for 1 am glad i added the new fans on top,
thanks a bunch for helping out in this post and the results of your fixes.
After 3 weeks my fridge has been working well and holding an average of 36 degrees on both gas and or electric. We have been dry camping twice for 3 nights each with it and the modifications to the venting and the extra fan on top in the vent are working well.
Yesterday and today were the best test as we had 95 degree temps here and temps inside the RV were around 90. The temp was holding well at 36 degrees until my wife started to unload after our outting. Then my friend opened both doors and stood there in front of it deciding which beer he wanted. The temp soared to 45 degrees but within about 4 hours in dropped down to 40 and by this morning was back down to 36.
While dry camping I noted that even though the temps inside the RV were around 82 and outside temps were around 75 that the fans would come on and run quite a lot in the afternoon and evening, sometimes running for more than an hour straight. The fridge was on the opposite side of the rig from the western setting sun so not in direct sunlight on that side to heat it up.
I am very encouraged by the results so far but have just ordred a small fan unit from a seller on Ebay that attaches to the cooling fins inside the fridge and gets it's power from the internal light in the fridge. From the comments I am seeing the fan unit is making a huge difference in performance and I am looking forward to seeing what it will do.
Note to anyone having fridge problems. Be sure you don't have friends who like your beer!
I will update again once I have tested the internal fans.