Post by rollertoaster on Jul 4, 2012 18:52:32 GMT -5
Like many Airflytes, my '64 came with an icebox instead of a refrigerator. And like many members of this forum, I plan to replace it with a dorm fridge. My question is: Is it necessary for me to cut holes in the side of my camper to vent the fridge? Or is the air inside sufficient for cooling?
I always add two 4 1/2" x 9" Stainless Steel vents for the dorm size refrigerators, one at the top and one at the bottom. This will allow the natural flow of air. Cooler air from the outside will be drawn in through the bottom vent, will be drawn up and pushed out through the top vent. I also leave at least 2", if not more, between the back of the refrig and the back wall of the camper.
You can see the two SS vents on the side of the Scotty.
Last Edit: Jul 4, 2012 20:18:32 GMT -5 by dawgpound
I installed a small electric fridge where my stove was in my compact and first time out noticed heat in the cabinet area so I cut a 6" hole in the floor under the fridge and covered with a screened vent underneath. I bought a 6" fan and laid in the hole to pull the warm air out. Made a big difference.
For an all electric fridge, venting will make it run more efficiently, especially during colder weather (as well as not adding to the heat in the cabin), but it wouldn't be necessary for air safety reasons like with a propane fridge...