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Old 11-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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Refrigerator outside Air vent

Hello everyone getting ready for my first winter full timing in the north east. My refrigerator is off and has been for a while. I do have bottled water in freezer that's been staying cold due to the weather. I did a little investigation on where that cold air is coming from. And I noticed when I took off the refrigerator air vent on the outside. That there is a space that runs all the way up behind the refrigerator past the refrigerator to the roof. My question is being that I am not using it. Can I close off that area either by putting tape on the inside of the vent to stop the cold air from getting in behind the wall. Thanks
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:46 PM   #2
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Hello everyone getting ready for my first winter full timing in the north east. My refrigerator is off and has been for a while. I do have bottled water in freezer that's been staying cold due to the weather. I did a little investigation on where that cold air is coming from. And I noticed when I took off the refrigerator air vent on the outside. That there is a space that runs all the way up behind the refrigerator past the refrigerator to the roof. My question is being that I am not using it. Can I close off that area either by putting tape on the inside of the vent to stop the cold air from getting in behind the wall. Thanks
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If you are not going to run the fridge on either LP or electric there is no reason you can't "close off" BOTH of refrigerator vents.
However I would pull the 12V refrigerator fuse so it can't be turned on accidentally.

BTW I recently saw a video about "particularly/nearly covering the vents with cardboard" for more efficient fridge use in COLD weather.... but I can't find it.

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Thanks Mel when you save both vents I'm I missing one beside the one on the outside?
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There is one right behind the unit and the vent on the roof.
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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Yes okay the one on the roof totally forgot about that one I guess that one would need to be covered from the outside
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:29 AM   #6
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The "backside" of a frig. and the living quarters should be TOTALLY sealed from each other. A "normal" RV frig has a flame back there producing carbon monoxide.
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The back may be sealed off, but that doesn't mean the fridge box isn't surrounded by frigid outside air (or super hot outside air in the summer). I would suggest blocking off those spaces as much as possible, for better summer performance as well as winter.
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The back may be sealed off, but that doesn't mean the fridge box isn't surrounded by frigid outside air (or super hot outside air in the summer). I would suggest blocking off those spaces as much as possible, for better summer performance as well as winter.
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That is just plain WRONG!
The "RV refrigerator side vent", the "RV refrigerator roof vent" and/or the "space behind the refrigeration" should NEVER be "blocked off" if you are going be using/operating the RV refrigerator on either propane or electricity.
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DO NOT DO IT!

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