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Old 08-10-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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Fridge concern

We have a new Cherokee tt and I do not see the drain tube coming out of the outside vent. It looks like there is a tube that is draining into a small tray inside the vent cover. Is this correct?
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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There should be a drain tube behind the fridge outside vent cover. When I bought my TT I had to route it out thru one of the holes in the vent cover. Most of the time they are just stuffed up behind the vent cover.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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The tray MIGHT be OK. My home fridge drains to a tray underneath. The air coming across it to cool the coils also evaporates the water.

I'd just keep an eye on it. You can always route it outside if it starts giving you trouble.
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We have a new Cherokee tt and I do not see the drain tube coming out of the outside vent. It looks like there is a tube that is draining into a small tray inside the vent cover. Is this correct?
You are correct.
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Not sure of the brand fridge you have, but all the Norcolds I've seen have the tube going into a small pan between the back of the fridge and outer vent / panel near the burner tube. All the Dometics have the tube run through the vent panel to the outside. Not sure if the norcold works off evaporation from the small pan or what, but I have 2 units within 100 feet of me that are both like that. Even on the norcold, I'd reroute to the outside. No reason not to that I can think of.


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Even on the norcold, I'd reroute to the outside. No reason not to that I can think of.
I think because it leaves streaks on the camper wall.
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There is a small black stopper in the end of the hose also. Not sure what purpose a blocked tube serves....
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Mines never left streaks. Doesn't drip down the side. It's in the shop now or I'd take a picture.


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You sure it's a stopper and not a bug blocker?
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I have the black tube coming outside, but it has NEVER dropped one drop of condensation, ever.

Baffles me.
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Ever pulled the little clear piece out of the end of the tube or checked the whole tube for routing, kinks, or the connection to the drain behind the fridge. There are times the fridge just doesn't condensate much. If you're a weekend warrior and only run it for a few days at a time, very possible you won't see much. Take a little water in a cup or bottle and pour it in the catch pan under the fins in the fridge and check the tube for drainage.


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There is a small black stopper in the end of the hose also. Not sure what purpose a blocked tube serves....
Mine has a black vented plug to keep bugs out.
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We have a Cherokee 27rr and after spending 7 days in it the little pan you are talking about was half full of water. I wondered what would happen after 2 weeks. I have never seen anywhere that you have to empty it but it would surely overflow.
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It is not a blocker, It stops the bugs from getting in and blocking it. Look at the end closely. I'm sure that it has small holes for the water to drain out. Most of the tubes are some very thin walled plastic tubing. This tubing generally gets brittle and cracks. It should come down and bend back up like a sink drain. So that you will have water in the bend most all of the time. Otherwise you will get same outside air temp inside your refrigerator. Causing the inside temp to rise. I replaced mine with vinyl tubing when I pulled the refrigerator to put fans in the vent shaft.
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