camper van fridge

  1. nickk Forum Supporter

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    I am installing a 12v/gas fridge in my camper,& would like some advice re the gas installation, there is an outlet on the flue, rather than drill the bodywork can I dangle a flexible pipe out the window, does it need to be as high as poss above the flue? is 1 vent adequate as there is only one outlet on the fridge.do I require a gas inspection, would it be ok to rely on a carbon monoxide alarm.thanks all.
     
  2. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Don't bodge it, fit it properly, or better still, get it fitted by someone that knows how to. It should be sealed from the camper with vents to the outside to allow fumes out & also allow a flow of air over the coils. Just remember you are going to sleep in there, you might not wake up!
     
  3. waddycall

    waddycall Member

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    Do not rely on a CO alarm - ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  4. mrsbruce

    mrsbruce Forum Supporter

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    I would not trust a dangly tube out the window. Popping your clogs from carbon monoxide poisoning is way too easily done, and you don’t get to rerun that cackup.

    Get the proper flu fitted, a vent top and bottom inline with the fridge, AND the monitor. The monitor is the final defence in your armoury, not the “better see if the hose is still outside the window” warning.

    Sorry if this sounds grumpy, but just google carbon monoxide and campervan to see the scary stories.
     
  5. CompoSimmonite Member

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    Is this a new fridge - if so follow manufacturers fitting instructions. If used then see if you can download a copy of the original instrctuions. DON'T make up your own method !
     
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  6. winchman Member

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    In a word No
    Its specifically designed to be a certain way, you also have to consider other vents and windows on the vehicle as fumes can easily re enter, I have known a few people come a cropper and had to redesign a camper due to not realising this.
    Some sites no longer allow sleeping in awnings as many fridge vents discharge in to the awing!
     
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  7. nickk Forum Supporter

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    thanks, ill look for an installer.
     
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  8. reb78 Member

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    The compressor fridges are excellent these days. I faffed around with a gas/electric for a while but managed to pick up a national luna compressor fridge for about £500 secondhand. It is excellent and uses very little electric. Ive run it for four days off of a good starter battery without starting up in between and its still startedthe car. I will eventually fit a second battery for this.
     
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  9. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    I agree on the compressor fridge, I had one in my previous camper van, it was excellent. The van I've got now has a 3 way one & I've got to remember to change it over, also there are 2 darn great holes in the side of the van to let the cold in in the winter
     
  10. FergalFarty Member

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    I'm currently doing a van conversion and also agree on the use of a compressor fridge. They are ridiculously expensive, but work very well and use little power. I also wasn't keen on making holes in the van for a gas fridges' vents.

    I did also consider a thermo-electric fridge (like a coolbox) as they are a lot cheaper, but they don't work very well when the ambient temperature is high as they only cool down to 20 degrees or so below that, so at 30 degrees like it's been lately, it would be 10 degrees inside which is too warm for a fridge. They are also quite power-hungry.

    I've heard of people running a normal domestic fridge off an inverter, but I don't have one and it sounds like it's not very power-efficient.
     
  11. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    I've considered that as well, OK if you use hook up, but I understand domestic fridges require quite a "kick" to get them started. A mate had a small generator for power cuts & it would run everything in the house but struggled to start the fridge, once running it was fine, but it wouldn't happily manage the initial load.

    We used one of the electric cold boxes in a T4 before I converted it properly & it worked surprising well, maybe we had a good one, I don't know.
     
  12. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    Having had to remove my factory fitted caravan fridge (first time ever since fitting) because the burner sooted up, I was not impressed by the sealing arrangements. In no way could the sealing be compared with a domestic central heating boiler sealing, which are ‘room sealed’. The fridge sealing seemed to consist solely of thin foam strips which in no way ‘room sealed’ the fridge exhaust from the caravan interior. Indeed, it was the smell inside the caravan which alerted me to the sooting up of the burner. Knowing what I do now about the fridges fitting, there is no way I’ll be using the fridge in the future without a CO monitor inside the van.
    RonA
     
  13. Gritineye Member

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    Compressor fridge, turn it off when you go to bed cos it'll sound louder in the small hours if it comes on.
     
  14. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

    Gas powered fridges need to be level otherwise they dont work. Royal pita
     
  15. Xup Member

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    Doing the same a van conversion, gone with the compressor fridge freezer, power use is 3 amps when compressor is on, set at 2C its on for 10 min then off for 20min so over 1 hour its only using 1a draw over the hour.
    Very good bit of kit now.+ no holes
     
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