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Old 07-05-2010, 06:10 AM   #1
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External Vent fan for Dometic Sidewise

Has anyone installed the Dometic External Ventilation Kit (P/N 3108705.744) on their sidewise? The instructions imply the installation needs to occur when the reefer is installed, since I'm past that point I was wondering how hard the modification would be with the reefer in place.

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Where did you find out about the kit? -- I have the same frig( in the slide-out) as you & it has never worked very well in 3 years --Bill Willard
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i found a reference to the kit in the refrigerator manual. I googled the P/N and it comes up in a few places ~$70--it comes ready to wire in and has a thermistor that attaches to the cooling fins. The vent kit install instructions is attached--I think

powervent.pdf
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You may already have the kit installed, & may not be able to see it -- I have a 07 Camelot,with side vents, & mine is easy to reach -- It had 2 fans, & a place for a third -- I changed the OEM fans & added the third, with higher cfm fans -- I don`t know if I did any good, because we haven`t traveled since, & the temps here in AZ has been in the 3 digits -- Your install may have a plywood duct, that mine don`t have -- If you do, reaching the fans would be tuff -- I`m sending you an email address, of a RV`er that has a possible solution for a install with the duct -- He`ll send you pictures, & how to -- His name is Gene Simmons -- His email -- ebsimmons@mindspring.com -- Let me know how it comes out --- Bill Willard
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CaptPat. I'm betting you have the same setup as I do. If you pull the exterior top fridge vent off the side of your coach and look down behind the baffle you'll see 2 fans mounted. You should also see a thermal switch attached to one of the fins which I believe is set to go off at around 180 degrees. The problem I see is your fridge would have to be extremely hot to set the fans off. I'm looking and moving the thermal switch and attaching it to the tube as it first enters the fins. That tube on my coach it to hot to touch. You might also check the following thread concerning fridge venting.

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You can easily use a couple of computer fans or muffing fans, some wire and a manual on-off switch. I just turn it on in hot weather and off in cooler weather. I tried on of the kits with the switch and it never worked when I want it to work.

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Got to have cold ice cream, i am adding a fan or two, G
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You may already have the kit installed, & may not be able to see it -- I have a 07 Camelot,with side vents, & mine is easy to reach -- It had 2 fans, & a place for a third -- I changed the OEM fans & added the third, with higher cfm fans -- I don`t know if I did any good, because we haven`t traveled since, & the temps here in AZ has been in the 3 digits -- Your install may have a plywood duct, that mine don`t have -- If you do, reaching the fans would be tuff -- I`m sending you an email address, of a RV`er that has a possible solution for a install with the duct -- He`ll send you pictures, & how to -- His name is Gene Simmons -- His email -- ebsimmons@mindspring.com -- Let me know how it comes out --- Bill Willard
Bill--Thanks I'll send him an email, I do have the plywood duct which is part of the motivation for my question.

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Ken, I'll have to check it out, today and for the remainder of the week it's projected to be 100 degrees here, so further exploration will have to wait until it's a little cooler.

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