Originally Posted by Tony w
Thanks very much for the comments and links. I ordered a small battery powered fan from Camping world for the inside of the fridge. this one had better reviews.
I like the fin mounted unit better, but am a little nervous about running the wire to the outside of the fridge and finding a spot to wire it in. I saw a solution of the E-bay website where these are sold. has anyone actually done that on their A frame camper? There is no interior light in my fridge, which makes it a little harder.
I also like the idea of a fan on the outside to help move the hot air through the vented areas. From people's comments, it sounds like this might help more than any other mod you can add. Would this require wires from a power source to the fan mounted on the vent door that would make it harder to open the compartments without pulling a wire off the vent. Or....are they mounted right inside the compartment, allowing you to remove the vented doors as I can do now?
Assuming I add the fan inside the outside compartments, I would have to remember to shut it off when not using the unit? I would assume that it would continue to run if not shut off. I saw a solar powered unit on E-bay. Anyone installed that?
Hi tony - the first link Deb posted above is the double heat sink mod i did from the ebay seller. obtaining power was not a big deal at all and i didnt even have to drill a hole (there was already one there for the temperature probe) - feed your fan wire through and tap into one of the 12V wires on the other side. i posted more detail in the post and can post a pic of the wiring setup next time i have the camper out and will update the original post.
my first solution was the blue battery powered unit that you're probably speaking of - it worked alright but was cheaply made and only lasted a season.
outside fan is also an option, although you can probably just do the first step of baffling that area a bit (following one of the other guides) and that alone should give an improvement. power for the outside fan would be done same as for the inside, leveraging an existing 12v source. you could add an inline switch if you wanted but probably not necessary, these little fans dont draw too much juice and if you are disconnecting the battery when not camping, its a non-issue in my opinion. not a reason alone to get solar IMHO.
as to disconnecting, my unit has a master inline blade fuse close to the battery on the main positive line - i just pull that out when not in use and everything is powered down - i have heard later models dont have that fuse so you could look at various battery disconnect options. marine battery disconnects are a good place to start if you want to go that route.