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Old 01-20-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Boondocking mod for fridge fans.

Of all people my buddy "OC" and I were chatting today and I think I've come up with a new mod for those of us with exterior fridge fans the do some or alot of boondocking.

Currently my fridge fans come on as soon as I turn the fridge on and run continually till the fridge is switched off.

Now we only camp without shore power 2-3 times a year for about four days each using propane.

Why couldn't we splice in the fan power lead into the gas valve power lead so the fans would only run when the fridge is "heating" to cool to save on battery power?

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Old 01-20-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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Sounds reasonable to me!
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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I clamped a temperature switch to the condenser side tubing and wired it in series with the fan. I also added a lighted power switch. It worked perfect on our trip to Florida. Only heard it cycle with ambient temps around 80. The fridge maintained 32 fridge and zero freezer.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:56 PM   #4
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Why not just use a solar powered fan? The only time you want the fan running is when the sun is out anyway and it wouldn't use any battery power at all...
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:31 AM   #5
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I installed a 3 speed fan with an on/off switch on the old pop up. I just monitored the internal temp. and adjusted the fan speed as required. Between that and the reflective baffling I put in to help move the heat out, the little fridge would freeze up if need be.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:00 AM   #6
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Of all people my buddy "OC" and I were chatting today and I think I've come up with a new mod for those of us with exterior fridge fans the do some or alot of boondocking.

Currently my fridge fans come on as soon as I turn the fridge on and run continually till the fridge is switched off.

Now we only camp without shore power 2-3 times a year for about four days each using propane.

Why couldn't we splice in the fan power lead into the gas valve power lead so the fans would only run when the fridge is "heating" to cool to save on battery power?

Thoughts?



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As long as the circuit board can take the extra amps from the fan without failure, then should be OK.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:18 AM   #7
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You could get one of these; Solar-powered RV Fridge Vent System - Camco 42165 - Refrigerator Accessories - Camping World
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:47 AM   #8
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Pipeman - those are for rigs with roof mounted vents for the refrig. Turbs has a slide mount unit so vents are in the side of the slide. A small solar panel on the roof and similar fan in the vented space would work quite well.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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BigTJohn,roger, my ooops. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:29 AM   #10
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I added a attic fan thermostat in the vent tunnel on mine so the fans only come on at a certain temperature. I also installed a lighted rocker switch in line as well as an "on" LED that lights when the fans are running.
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