Vents or something for a Trakshak

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 21:33
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Hi all,

I leave for my trip around oz in a few days, and i've noticed that my fridge (80L waeco) is quite warm running in the camper trailer compared to sitting out of it. Would it be ok in there since it is air tight or should i make a vent for it. not sure can you let me know.

Thanks Mike
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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 21:49

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 21:49
Hi,

I'm no expert, but from our experience with fridges in the car and van, they need to breathe. The camper trailers we've seen that have fridges have had vents. To be honest, I'd be very surprised if your fridge would work well at all unless there was a vent. Let's see what others suggest.
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 23:04

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 23:04
Hi Wh33ls

I agree with chocoholic - vents would help it.

If you vent it to the outside you will create dust and water entry points that you will have to deal with.

If there's some empty space inside, you may be able to improve things by ensuring circulation of inside air is available to the fridge.

To address this problem in my camper I have installed water cooling to the condenser of my 130 litre front opening compressor fridge. It works a treat, reduces fridge power consumption by 30%-50% and the fridge no longer struggles in high temps. Same compressor as yours - Danfoss BD35.

Cheers

Frank
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Follow Up By: Wh33ls - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 00:32

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 00:32
Hi Frank,

It sounds like a good option but can i have some more info. Is this something extra i put on the fridge or need to replace a part in the fridge. Where to get it from and roughly how much.

Thanks in advance Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 11:49

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 11:49
Hi Frank I'm interested also, any pics?
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:20

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:20
G'day Mike and Ian and Nola,

You'll find the info here.

It was originally written as an artricle for my club, but has been modified for this follow-up on EO.

My camper has a built-in fridge with a remote compressor, so I had some room to work in. You may not be so lucky, but it may give you some ideas.

It's not for the faint-hearted, but if you can do it is well worth the effort.

Cheers

Frank

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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:21

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:21
Thanks Frank I will check it out
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:22

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:22
PS. It's a Microsoft Word 2003 document. If you can't see it and are really interested, I'll try to convert it to HTML for your browser.

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:36

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:36
Better still, here it is in pdf.

Gee, I wish you could edit posts.

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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:37

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:37
Thanks Frank, I know what you mean
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Reply By: Wayne David - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 09:46

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 09:46
The question that I'd be asking is 'do I really need the fridge to be in my camper trailer'?

Our CT has no provision for a fridge and we happily travel with it in the rear of the 4x4. It's dead easy to access when we stop for a cuppa and with the Pajero rear door open it's all of two steps from the camper kitchen to the boot.

Disadvantage of in the car is that you may feel the need to move the fridge closer during stays of 3 or more and full of tucker they can be heavy.

Advantages of in the car are you constantly checking the fridge to ensure it's functioning and you know that it's safe in the boot.

Prior to our trip I had the local auto electrician install a second battery & now with the fridge happily doing it's job in the car we no longer hear it while we are trying to get to sleep.

Just a thought - Wayne
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Follow Up By: jothefw - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:08

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 12:08
I am guessing but if they're using a Trak Shak I suspect they may have children travelling - in which case the boot may be full!
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Follow Up By: Wayne David - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 13:20

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 13:20
So where do most Trak Shak-ers put their fridge then?

It seems a simple case of moving something from the boot to make room for the fridge and what ever that something is can go in the unventilated box. No?

Cheers - Wayne
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Reply By: Ruffstuff - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 18:43

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 18:43
Hi
I have a 2005 Trak shak with 2 x 35ltr Waecos on the rack that sit on the front tailgate. in all of the years i have had it i have never had a fridge problem related to temperature and have travelled extensively spending most of my time in northern WA . There is sufficient airflow in the storage area for the fridges. I have however had issues related to low voltage due to the standard wiring to the fridge sockets, This was resolved after rewiring with 6mm auto twin core.
Hope this helps,
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