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Old 10-04-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Entertainment Cabinet Cooling

The components in the overhead entertainment cabinet in our '07 DSDP get very hot during the summer months when parked in the sun. I'd appreciate any info on how any of you nice people have added a means of cooling the cabinet. Thanks!
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We use one of those small clip on fans attached to the cabinet facing to help cool our electronics.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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In my '07 DSDP, Newmar drilled two holes from the area behind the TV into the cabinet.

Newmar installed 2 fans normally used for refrigerator venting. They were entirely too noisy. Newmar also installed a switch and I left it on 24/7. Newmar also remove the dark plexiglass door insert and replaced it with their dark aluminum mesh. That way, I could leave the door closed.

I replaced them with the quiet fans in the photo. They were quiet and worked quite well.

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I did the same thing as Route 66 had done, but I used this fan, powered from the plug strip in the back of the electronics cabinet. Did this so the thermistor in the power cord senses the temperature in the electronics cabinet, therefore it does not run all the time. Fan is really quiet and moves plenty of air to keep all the electronics (satellite DVR receiver, satellite controller, and home entertainment system) plenty cool on hot summer days.

Bad news is the particular unit I bought has been discontinued, but they sell a kit with a variable thermostat that does the same thing.

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Spikester: On a different subject (hope you don't mind). Is the "simulated marble floor" in the VTDP ceramic tiles or a vinyl type product? I'm planning to remove the carpet in our MA and like the look of the floor in the VTDP brochure.
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I use an old AT&T telephone transformer about 12 VDC and a 24Volt
computer fan. It runs nice & quiet.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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I put a computer 4"- 12 computer style volt fan in mine and run it on a 110 to 12volt transformer so it only runs when i am plugged in. works great and you do notever here it running
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The components in the overhead entertainment cabinet in our '07 DSDP get very hot during the summer months when parked in the sun. I'd appreciate any info on how any of you nice people have added a means of cooling the cabinet. Thanks!
Our DSDP came with a pancake fan and heat sensor behind a grill. Have never heard it run in the 10+ years we've owned the DSDP.
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Thanks folks, I know now how to tackle the problem....I also like the mesh idea to replace the glass on the door. Thanks again!
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #10
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I removed the glass door from my AV cabinet because my Hopper and old AppleTV were generating way too much heat.

To replace the door I put in some woods racks with metal vent panels from vent panel | Search Results | Full Compass

I put in a set of 110V and USB fans from Coolerguys.com -- Your Computer and Home Theater Cooling Source for Over 10 Years

Everything's cool now.
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