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Posted: 08/07/19 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going electric and removing the propane fridge leaves a big hole in the roof and the side.
Who has closed these up permanently?

I do not see any products out there so assume it is DIY from here on.

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Hopefully you kept the outside covers/vents. If so, close off the inside of the wall, make it water tight, then simply re-insert the original refrigerator vent covers on the outside. No one will notice anything different. But you will know the true story.

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AND...if ever need to work on the new fridge you will have some access to back without totally pulling fridge. Had to replace a control board on ours...hole was a big bonus!!!


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I just used foam board insulation to cover the wall holes and then used black Gorilla tape on the inside of the vent covers to cover up the vent holes so bugs couldn't get in.


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I put tape on the back side of our bottom one but left the top alone. If it rained hard from a certain direction, our back one would leak at the gap between the vent and it’s frame so I caulked it with Dap. I did have to open it once after caulking it but it was easy to do ...just used a knife to cut the caulking and then re-caulked later.


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Electric refrigerators need ventilation too, depending on condenser location.


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Some RVers will get a chest unit and not use the old frig space, maybe turn it into storage.
The chest unit would sit somewhere else…

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I have a residential refrigerator with the condenser on the back in my 5er.

I have left the vents open to allow airflow over the condenser. I have done this, with good success, in two rigs and working on my third.

If you close off the outside vents you are going to come up with some sort of ventilation for the condenser.

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PNW_Steve wrote:


If you close off the outside vents you are going to come up with some sort of ventilation for the condenser.



Why, my residential fridge at home doesn’t vent to the outside?

In my case, the condenser is in the bottom and I figured that air would go in at the bottom and out the top and sides, just like in a house.

I have been thinking about closing the top vent though to prevent moisture and outside temps from leaking in. You think that’s a bad idea?

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neschultz wrote:

PNW_Steve wrote:


If you close off the outside vents you are going to come up with some sort of ventilation for the condenser.



Why, my residential fridge at home doesn’t vent to the outside?

In my case, the condenser is in the bottom and I figured that air would go in at the bottom and out the top and sides, just like in a house.

I have been thinking about closing the top vent though to prevent moisture and outside temps from leaking in. You think that’s a bad idea?


compressor fridges don't need ventilation they need circulation. all fridges give off heat, a fridge with no ventilation will heat up your trailer, big difference between a 100 sqft trailer vs 1000 sqft house!


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