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Old 02-09-2016, 08:42 PM   #1
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Is it ok to have the refrigerator in the slide?

Hi! My husband & I preparing for our new life on the road. We have narrowed down our choice of trailers to Forest River brand. We're looking at a new Flagstaff Super Lite 29KSWS but are concerned about the durability of the slide with the refrigerator. We had read on someone's blog that this was a bad engineering idea in their trailer. On one of the threads in this forum, someone mentioned slides had greatly improved over the years. Are we okay with getting a slide with the refrig or should we select another model?

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Old 02-09-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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It's in our slide. The only issue we have is it seems harder to to stay cold in hot weather, many believe due to the vent being in the wall and not on top the rv. No issue other than that.
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:57 PM   #3
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There's nothing wrong with a camper having a refrigerator in a slide. We have a residential refrigerator in a slide and no problems. Some people find that an RV type refrigerator does not work as well in a slide. Maybe that is what you have heard. RV reefers need good air flow kinda like draft through a chimney. If the opening to the top of the chimney is on the roof, the air flow (draft) is better. A reefer in a slide has the top of the chimney in the side of the slide and doesn't draft as well. That said, some folks put fans behind their reefers to improve the air flow and all is well.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:26 PM   #4
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The two prior posts tell it the same way I've heard it.
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It's in our slide. The only issue we have is it seems harder to to stay cold in hot weather, many believe due to the vent being in the wall and not on top the rv. No issue other than that.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:47 PM   #6
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Install fans in the outside compartment if you find poor performance in hotter weather.
I'm installed 2 120mm computer fans in mine as soon as it warms up.


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I like the idea of installing a fan for our refrigerator that is in our slide. Is that easy to do and do you have to take the refrigerator out? We can handle real basic maintenance but aren't the best at most mechanical things....


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Easy to do.
Mount fans to draw air in from bottom fridge grill to force air up and out the top grill.

No need to remove fridge whatsoever.

I'm mounting two onto the lower fridge grill to pull air in and one on the top grill to draw air out.

There's a black junction box in lower grill area to draw 12v power from, it's also switched 12v power only when fridge is turned on.




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Sounds good. I will check this out when we open up the unit again. Hurry spring! Only 15 degrees in Ohio today.
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Computer cooling fans are 12v dc and there is normally a 12v dc terminal
strip in the rear of the RV fridge. I added twin fans and a switch so I can
shut them off in cooler weather.
2 fans ordered online should cost under $20. Ebay is your friend!

There has been much discussion and even photos of that being done here.
I don't have a link right off but a search (or a helpful reader) will likely
provide the link.

Also some units are now delivered with a fan in the back from the factory.
Some here have found the Dometic factory fan to be noisy and some say it's
ok. You can ask your dealer or check for yourself after the spring thaw!

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