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Old 11-04-2020, 05:03 PM   #1
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Running wire on top of fridge

I sure hope I will be able to repay all of your help in the future by answering questions and helping folks as much as I can. For now, I have another problem and need some ideas:

I want to mount a Renogy Battery Monitor into the panel on top of my fridge in a 2008 Winnebago Outlook (red). There seems to be plenty of space, but I cant' figure out how to get a cable there without a) removing the fridge or b) going over the roof.

I don't really want to remove the fridge and I don't really want to drill a hole into the roof. So I am running out of ideas.

Now .. I am open to different locations to mount the display. However .. I can't find no place that would allow me to mount it so that it can be conveniently read and which allows me to run the wires without ripping walls apart.

Who has ideas?
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What model Outlook?
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Old 11-04-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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Is there any way you can take a look from above the fridge through the roof vent? If you can get at the back of the fridge and run the wire down to the lower access panel, you should be on your way to getting it done.

I use some stiff wire to fish wires into difficult areas. Just run the fish wire up, and then tape your meter wires to it. Then pull them back down.

Once you are behind the fridge, you probably can get the rest done easily.
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Old 11-04-2020, 10:37 PM   #4
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Hi mischmerz,

Have you researched running your wires from the back side of the fridge? RV fridges that operate off propane have vented service panels outside. Remove yours and see what working space is available to fish wires. Maybe you can run them across the top as you desire. Just do so working from the outside.

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Old 11-05-2020, 09:26 AM   #5
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Yes. I will use the fridge vent for a down conduit. Problem seems to be that there are two horizontal stabilizer boards on top of the fridge. I was planning to put my borescope in (from the roof/vent) to see what's going on, but that cheap chinese cr*p thing died on me. So I ordered another cheap chinese cr*p thing - it is supposed to come tomorrow - and I hope it lasts long enough to see how I might be able to fish a wire from the vent to the panel.

I'll keep you posted.
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Old 11-05-2020, 09:28 AM   #6
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what model outlook?

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Old 11-17-2020, 08:24 AM   #7
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I made it. It was indeed possible to get a wire from the front of the fridge to the fridge vent. And it was easier than I thought. I had to remove the vent cap and cut the wire mesh. There was a wooden frame towards the fridge front that could be removed (four screws) and behind that was a very thin piece of wood covering that allowed me to slither the wire through. I cut my hands and arms on those remaining pieces of wire mesh but it was well worth it.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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