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Old 12-14-2010, 07:22 AM   #15
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Charcoal is charcoal - any will work. If you have briquettes then break a few up with a hammer before use. My refrigerator doors have a catch that can be used to hold the doors open about 1/4" for storage, which is convenient.

I suppose if your owner's manual states differently, then follow your owner's manual. The refeers that I've owned, including my current one, came with clips that afix to the latches and "lock" the doors open 1/4 - 1/2" obviating the need to put anything inside the compartment. If your owner's manual states differently, by all means, follow the manufacturer's recommendation...


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Old 12-14-2010, 10:13 AM   #16
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I do not favor covers on a motor home.. (Or Trailer) less you have a leakage issue you have not yet fixed...

Here is why: IF you get a grain or two of sand below the cover and the wind blows.. Well. that cover is now SANDPAPER and it will damage your rig.

I never covered mine. NOTE: The fridge may not work properly if it is too cold out but it won't work at all if covered so..... It will work when it warms back up outside.

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Old 12-16-2010, 06:43 PM   #17
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you should not have to cover the fridge vents, the top one has a screen to protect from mice and it has about a 4 inch lip so unless you get a whole lot of melted snow on top your not going to get water inside.
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I have decided not to cover it. I will just clean of excessive snow off roof.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:40 AM   #19
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I've never heard of snow blowing under a RV refrigerator vent cap. It would have to blow very hard to move under the outer cap lip, then up and over the inside roof sleeve.
When I used to store our 5er outside, I covered it with a cheap farm poly tarp and used extra elastic cords to hold it taut. This worked well for both me and our RV's for many years until I built my RV garage.
As for keeping mice out; I use the brick-type mouse/rat bait blocks and toss them back into hidden spots behind cabinets etc. Never have discovered mouse damage or droppings inside.

Lori, our Norcold 2door N841 has door stops to hold them open about 1/4", like Unit stated. Since the doors always bear weight(and torque) on the hinges (magnetic strip for holding shut, no striker plate to bear weight) I can't see any difference between shut or open for a weight issue.
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I've also got the little plastic bars to jam the door open as well but like the dealer warned me already it a nice feature but might just let it rest against the latch instead... So you don't break them off...
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The manual for our Norcold states differently. The doors are to be kept shut because leaving them open, even if empty, puts strain on the hinges & can cause the doors to sag over time leading to improper closure.

IMO, you are better off crumpling up newspapers or putting a couple Tupperware containers of activated charcoal inside to absorb any moisture/odors & close the doors. Be sure the inside is dry to begin with, of course.

Thanks, Lori

We have been leaving ours open. Guess I'd better read the manual.

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I've also got the little plastic bars to jam the door open as well but like the dealer warned me already it a nice feature but might just let it rest against the latch instead... So you don't break them off...
Great idea, might as well not tow the camper anywhere either, you might wear the tires out. Also don't use the fridge, bath or beds. Brilliant people - some of these dealers.

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