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RE: Anyone heard of a Combo AC/DC Air conditioner?

We have had no problem leaving the cat in the TC on hot days with the two Fantastic Fans blowing one in one out and the TC cab over windows open also the smaller kitchen window. He actually seems to like it laying on the bed with his head in the breeze to sniff. 264 watts of solar panels easily manages the power requirement. If the cat wants AC, he can pay for it!
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/24/21 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

Funny to compare that my Ford Model T has no water pump. Thermal action is all needed to keep the engine from overheating. I agree that having hot outside air circulating sides of the fridge makes no technical sense, but than building a seal on the back of the fridge would be big technical challenge. If you made you side walls insulation snug with fridge side insulation, good for you, but what about bottom and the top? Bottom and top have about 1/4" space. Bottom sits on the support shelf and would actually be easy to place a strip of weather foam strip there to seal it. The top has an 1" of foam leaving a 1/4" gap so not a lot of air exchange going on up there either. Freezer is at 3 degrees today which is good and fridge at 25 so the fridge is a bit on the cold side. We'll see what happens as we head into summer. I do like the idea of no soft ice cream out in the woods but the milk should pour and that needs to be tested. I just got my new license tabs for the TC so we are ready to go.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/23/21 06:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

My theory is a little different. The insulation is snug to the sides prohibiting much air exchange. I see the wall insulation functioning as adding 3/4" insulation to the fridge side walls making them more efficient holding cold in the fridge. The fridge is in now and working nicely. The next thing to see how well it works is the Insulation on the outside wall and how well it keeps sun shine generated heat from entering the fridge compartment. Today was that test and the fridge maintained a steady temp with no elevation throughout the day. Well see what happens with more time and observation. Maybe in your camper the wall insulation and fridge insulation snug together, but on mine it does allow for some air circulation. Still it it the part with coils that is crucial. With no insulation AC helps in cooling the compartment, so refrigerator is more efficient, while insulation makes it working with hotter air. I parted 1 of my campers and refrigerator is now in Sprinter conversion working on electric only. No vents, so it is using interior air, just like household units do. Th fridge is over 20 years old and it really works nicely, even 100F for me is spring temperature. I think lot of owners have issue with them due to poor adjustment, or overloading the fridge, so there is on air circulation between fins and the food. I think of the installation like this. The fridge compartment used to have room for air all around the fridge and over the top. It was like a big room for vent air to come in and circulate around the fridge, eventually working it's way up to the top and out. Not very efficient ventilation. Now with everything fitting tight, with no room to the sides and top for vent air to stay a while, the vent air circulation is more like it comes in the side vent, up a narrow hall through the coils, and then straight out the top with no way to build up in the compartment. I may not even need additional fans because the ventilation is so direct.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/23/21 02:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

I think there is misunderstanding about the concept. Insulating the compartment for hot weather usage prevents the cold from the camper to escape via compartment open to exterior air. This way the compartment stays hot -eventually making fridge working harder and warmer. My Fleetwood had Styrofoam insulation on those walls from the factory. Couple years ago I did tests on my fridge and it was giving -6 in freezer and +1F refrigerator on 103F afternoon, when empty camper interior was at 99F and fridge wall was facing south. Not bad for 18 yo fridge. I simply keep the fins clean and check top vent screen. My theory is a little different. The insulation is snug to the sides prohibiting much air exchange. I see the wall insulation functioning as adding 3/4" insulation to the fridge side walls making them more efficient holding cold in the fridge. The fridge is in now and working nicely. The next thing to see how well it works is the Insulation on the outside wall and how well it keeps sun shine generated heat from entering the fridge compartment. Today was that test and the fridge maintained a steady temp with no elevation throughout the day. Well see what happens with more time and observation.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/23/21 01:46am Truck Campers
RE: Fire Testing For Safest Foam Board Insulation

if I was planning on sealing gaps in areas where I was worried about fire I would use a fire resistant expanding foam that is certified for just that purpose. There are many of them commercially available with ASTM certification I've used the Great Stuff Orange fire seal foam for a lot of penetrations for plumbing and electrical, also for framing fire blocking. Beware though, the fire block foam expands a lot and can have expansive force behind it that could be tricky to control in the thin wall space of truck camper walls.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/22/21 10:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Fire Testing For Safest Foam Board Insulation

Considering there are lots of items in an RV that burn much easier would it even matter if the foam was more fire resistant or not? In this case, the insulation is next to a source of combustion. The fridge chimney is rated as needing 0 clearance. The chimney gets much hotter than touch. The old insulation paper was well browned. It is evident wherever a point of combustion occurs, the RMAX may self extinguish which is very advantageous.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/22/21 11:53am Truck Campers
Fire Testing For Safest Foam Board Insulation

https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQFByh7trPPH8J0V&w=500&h=261&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FLbzMH-kEu9g%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&ext=jpg&ccb=3-5&_nc_hash=AQERZ5ItltgfzPp1 Fire Testing For Safest Foam Board Insulation This is a continuation of my Dometic Fridge, Amish Built, Cooling Unit Replacement Topic. That project is finished and working awesome but! The question of Flammability of Foam Board Insulation Came Up. I decided to put my new RMAX by SIKA to the test against Pink, Blue, and the foam panel S&S included in the original build. I think this video will settle any argument as to which is the safest type foam board to use in a RV, TC, or Your Home. Enjoy!
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/21/21 09:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

When going camping, I am taking batteries from my sedans and boat. No cost to me. AGM batteries were design for upside down applications and are excelent for what they are design. For camper use- it is just led-acid battery. In defense of AGM, I switched to AGM in the belief that as they got older, there would be no crud build up between cells that could vibrate lose while driving along rough forest and backroads causing cells to short out. That has happened to me twice with the truck battery and twice with the TC batteries while using FLA batteries. I now have AGM all around, matching electrical characteristics, and never had another cell short out from vibration like driving lots of washboard gravel road. Just my 2 cents.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/21/21 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

I super insulated my refrigerator compartment but found it did little good. What did work was good ventilation and a couple of computer fans to move the air. If I get a chance, next step will be to position the fans to then blow directly on the refrigerator coil. I think the one condition it will work well for is when the sun is heating the exterior wall. We have experienced thawing food when that wall gets hot and we have to move to shade it. This RMAX insulation is about as high an R Value for 3/4" as you can get. I'm planning to mount a couple quiet computer fans on top of the roof cap vent screen, just under the fridge roof cap. The previous fan was loud enough to be annoying, plus it's an easy access location. Jeff I was going to say the same thing about heating up the wall. Mine did the same thing. I did insulate the intake and exhaust covers on the outside of the camper as well as installed a small computer fan on the top one. It works great. I live in Florida and no problems with warm food. Fitting the heat shield now and need to get fire resistant or proof matting separator. Reinstall the control board and install this thing. Get the TC back to functioning status. Looking forward to having some of that fun I've been missing.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/20/21 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

I super insulated my refrigerator compartment but found it did little good. What did work was good ventilation and a couple of computer fans to move the air. If I get a chance, next step will be to position the fans to then blow directly on the refrigerator coil. I think the one condition it will work well for is when the sun is heating the exterior wall. We have experienced thawing food when that wall gets hot and we have to move to shade it. This RMAX insulation is about as high an R Value for 3/4" as you can get. I'm planning to mount a couple quiet computer fans on top of the roof cap vent screen, just under the fridge roof cap. The previous fan was loud enough to be annoying, plus it's an easy access location.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/20/21 10:57am Truck Campers
Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Update Good

Operational Update Success! The new cooling unit is installed and the fridge is back in is place. Results are Excellent! Previously: Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment Hoping For Greater Cooling Efficiency! VIDEO >>> Insulating The Truck Camper Fridge Compartment <<< VIDEO https://external-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQFn_kkhigmX8_bl&w=500&h=261&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FjCo1Pvba1Wk%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&ext=jpg&ccb=3-5&_nc_hash=AQG5kFq71FeSkOCU
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/20/21 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

************************* The new 120 volt 325 watt heating element arrived. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/167387921_10220937908657644_8595192031304680576_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=KB67-tcsWLMAX8DFqED&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=b97fe5782e280531fb4c9f6533d82137&oe=608D6042 width=500 ************************* https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/167387921_10220937908657644_8595192031304680576_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=KB67-tcsWLMAX8DFqED&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=b97fe5782e280531fb4c9f6533d82137&oe=608D6042
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 04/01/21 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

New unit arrived and will install this weekend
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/19/21 10:35am Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

I plan to replace the old screws with stainless if I can find them. I see some people were told by the service department to drill new holes because the lineup wasn't good, couldn't be found. Hopefully, this will be the last time I ever have to mess with it. I had to do it twice, in a truck camper is about as tight as it gets. First compressor unit failed on startup. Using dowels allowed it to line right up. Good luck! Compressor failed on startup? That's not very reassuring. Did you let the fridge sit a few hours to let the lubricant and coolant settle down after all the handling during Installation or did instructions mention anything about it. I will check instructions but currently plan to let the system settle 24 hours.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/13/21 03:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

Got the notice my new Amish Built cooling unit has been shipped.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/12/21 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

This is great Mitch! Now I know someone local that can help me do mine when I convert to a compressor cooling unit!! ;) Check through Mortons On The Move on YouTube. They have a good video on swapping an absorption unit for an Amish Built Compressor unit.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/12/21 01:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

Any clue what cost the old unit to fail? I have 20 yo fridge, used by me in last 8 years quite a bit and still working perfectly even at 120F. It was in the heat riser. Haven't inspected it but all the coolant residue is on and under the burner.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/12/21 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

When you put the new one in use long set screws or cut the heads off some 10-32s (can’t recall the screw size). Put a couple in the freezer cold plate then drop it in, it’ll align easily. That’s the hardest part of the job. I plan to replace the old screws with stainless if I can find them. I see some people were told by the service department to drill new holes because the lineup wasn't good, couldn't be found. Hopefully, this will be the last time I ever have to mess with it.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/12/21 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

Looking forward to the U-tube vid when you do it! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 Let me tell you, I have to cut back some of the more descriptive technical terms used during the removal process while recording. Hopefully the install process will go smoother. We're excited to get things working again. Planning to make my first trip to the Long Beach Peninsula.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/11/21 11:02pm Truck Campers
Dometic RM2652 version 605A Fridge Rebuild

Ordered a new Amish Built cooling unit for our Dometic fridge today. Should be delivered in a couple days. $748.00 with UPS. I decided on new rather than rebuilt. Looking forward to getting back out and going places again. Got to say, I was surprised at how cheap the fridge is built. A 2" styrofoam box box held together by aluminium backed rubber adhesive. It works just pricey for what it is. I'll let y'all know how it fits back in and performs when done. ************************* The new 120 volt heating element arrived. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/167387921_10220937908657644_8595192031304680576_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=KB67-tcsWLMAX8DFqED&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=b97fe5782e280531fb4c9f6533d82137&oe=608D6042 width=500 ************************* https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/151815758_10220628113592961_7666964712005815610_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Qa7Y-Ev7TcIAX-g6Ovv&_nc_oc=AQlL4h8OBR3ew67kgtBRD9slhWuPy3O5JddgOF7Kn9NCl16If4oH2-uc6Besl9CpEmM&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=cca7c68a6d61b0fa8d53041b82b882ac&oe=60710512 width=500 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/151829236_10220628110632887_4742340069221112809_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=16MOFx3OoJsAX_qtnyB&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=55837ebde38dce487793a94ec2c9b8fb&oe=606F3F11 width=500 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/159690683_10220793848776237_4069057325831189908_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=Zld_D7J5lFEAX_2s_Yh&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=ee7856bf8131125da4f4dde881744d57&oe=6071A039 width=500 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/159744731_10220793848736236_2343245529901881993_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=vMXUEQoU_oIAX_hpiap&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=37de7bcd655ff2fca23721c26a74538e&oe=60712F4B width=500 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/160007761_10220793849136246_7144091774976762828_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=yUkLgrRN-YwAX-EFw7T&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=0078f0a6cb6d5256d54b08cd44e9e3f5&oe=6070FA72 width=500
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 03/11/21 09:18pm Truck Campers
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