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Old 06-06-2020, 12:10 PM
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this might be a funny question,,when running the refigerator on electricty,,,does the fan has to be turn on,,,or if you running gas it has to be trun on,,i been running the refigerator without turning the fan on with electricty,,,just asking
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:15 PM
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Not a funny question at all.
I run mine on hot days but usually off at night. It aids in the cooling cycle as it vents the heat made as cooling is happening.
You need to decide what is best for your frig. Experience will tell you!
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:40 PM
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In general, if you are going to run the fridge when the trailer closed, there is very poor air circulation removing heat from the fridge, so the fan is necessary in this situation. However, many of us just put some frozen ice packs in the fridge compartment when travelling during the day and don't bother with running the fridge while travelling.

All in all, I rarely use the fridge fan, but it can help with cooling the fridge.
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:42 PM
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I run my vent fan somewhere when the temps are north of 90 degrees. If I could remember to turn it off at night I would. I also, turn down the temp setting, so at night the fridge might get a chance to go into the low 30's.

Also,when temps are above 85 degreed we try to keep it full, even if its just water bottles. This keeps less air flowing in when the door is open and creates a larger cool thermal mass.

Working the fridge this way the fridge does not get north of 45 degrees untill it's in the 100 degree range.
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:50 PM
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ok thanks guys off my mind,,
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:21 PM
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The only time the vent has to be run is when you are running the fridge in any mode and the shells are down. This is normaly when traveling. The vent fan must be on.
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Old 06-06-2020, 10:40 PM
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Has anybody had an issue with the fridge staying cold while traveling with it set to battery fridge vent fan on?
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Old 06-07-2020, 07:37 AM
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As has been said, whenever the refrigerator is ON, you should always have the refrigerator vent fan turned ON when the TM is closed, regardless of the mode operation. The fan draws next to no power, so it has no effect on electrical stuff.

If you set the refrigerator to operate on DC while you travel, the refrig will take most of its operating power from the TM battery, and only a little from the tow vehicle. As a result, you will probably arrive at your destination with cold food and a dead or nearly dead TM battery. The way to prevent this is to turn off your TM battery as you travel - however, this disables the TM breakaway switch, which is a very bad idea. There is a separate thread going on right now about how to prevent this. Basically, you add a separate wire directly from the TM battery to the breakaway switch, so when you turn off the battery, the breakaway is still connected.

Take a look at post #16 here.
https://www.trailmanorowners.com/for...ad.php?t=20092

As has also been pointed out, the TM refrig is a pretty good passive cooler. If you get it nice and cold during the night, then turn it off as you leave your campsite, the food will still be cold when you arrive.

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Has anybody had an issue with the fridge staying cold while traveling with it set to battery fridge vent fan on?
Yes, because the trailer battery drained.

But after that, No. After that experience, I've simply put ice packs into the fridge and it says nice and cold without using power. This solution has been so good I've had not desire to do any fancy wiring, adding second batteries, etc etc. Ice packs = simple + practical solution.
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Old 06-07-2020, 04:36 PM
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Yes, because the trailer battery drained.

But after that, No. After that experience, I've simply put ice packs into the fridge and it says nice and cold without using power. This solution has been so good I've had not desire to do any fancy wiring, adding second batteries, etc etc. Ice packs = simple + practical solution.
I don't have an issue with it running the battery dead I have a 310 Ah battery Bank 2 GC12 12v Deep cycle golf cart batteries and I do get some solar charging as I travel but I also live in AZ where the temps get over a 100 it seems to help if I pre-cool the fridge the night before on 110v. I'm thinking about hooking the fridge up to my inverter and running it on 110 as I travel. The ice packs seems like a good idea I also use an iceless electric 12v cooler that I keep in the bathtub as I'm traveling

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