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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 20-02-2021, 18:03 Thread Starter
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Fridge Vent Covers

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Fridge vent covers, the type that you remove the fridge vents, insert the covers then replace the vents.

Are these supposed to be for when your van is in storage in the winter to keep out creepy crawlies only OR as I have been using then, in winter but whilst we are in the van to reduce any draughts that may come through the aperture around the fridge.

As it has now started to warm up, our Truma combi, has on two occasions, stopped running, where normally it will just run and run till the cows come home.

Some time ago I had Swift relocate the thermostat for the boiler because it was almost on the floor next to the entrance door. Truma stated they instruct Swift to fit all their thermostats at at least head height, so Swift moved it for me (after some argy bargy).

With the vent covers in place, I found that inside where the fridge rear fins are, had got reasonably hot, so I removed both of them, as the chipboard panel where the thermostat reader is, was quite warm. Turned off the boiler for approx. 15 mins, turned it back on and hey presto the boiler started up.

Lol so back to my original question - Fridge vent covers, are they just to be used in storage ?

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AFAIK they are for both, winter storage and when temperature is below 7C

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I have also read that they should fitted when washing the van to prevent water pouring into the rear of the fridge, saying that we haven't got any for the Knaus here in Spain but I'm very careful around the fridge vent area when washing van.

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You just reminded me, Hans would put them on in the winter and 2 winters I havent :frown2.

They fit over the top, 2 for the fringe I think and 1 the boiler, The boiler wont work if the cover is left on, I thought they all had to be removed for the fridge and boiler to work for them to breath.
Just found this. He explains it all, scrolle down and there is a little video explaining how to put them on, when, and why, so today I must find the covers check inside and hope no creepy crawlies have got in.

https://www.hortoncommon.co.uk/caravan-fridge-vents/
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Never heard of covers that fit inside the housing, which unless I have misread your original question is what you are suggesting.

As per the previous answers the "normal" vent covers are the ones that go over the vent openings outside, to be used when the temperature falls to a few degrees, in order to maintain the fridge systems ability to make enough temperature for it to work and cool the interior of the fridge.

The draughts you mention inside the van are caused by one of two things, the fridge has not been installed properly, or the seal between the housing and appliance has failed.


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Never heard of covers that fit inside the housing, which unless I have misread your original question is what you are suggesting.

As per the previous answers the "normal" vent covers are the ones that go over the vent openings outside, to be used when the temperature falls to a few degrees, in order to maintain the fridge systems ability to make enough temperature for it to work and cool the interior of the fridge.

The draughts you mention inside the van are caused by one of two things, the fridge has not been installed properly, or the seal between the housing and appliance has failed.


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The last set we had for the Rapido you had to take off the vent grills, simple operation, then fit the winter covers inside them then refit the vent grills.

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Well who would have guessed it There are 2 spare fridge vents still in their boxes so I had a look to see how they operate because I cant undo the one on the van, it does have mesh behind it so assuming no earwigs or moths are in there.

I dont want anything to snap, but this button is very stiff, how do I get the catch one the top?.

I cant find the covers, only one for the boiler, are they important?
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Nothing like mine sorry, mine are simply flat plastic, your remove the vent, place the cover in then replace the vent

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There should be a clip similar to that show at each side of the vent. Simply slide the clip vertically, it will be stiff to move but should move about 10mm. Use something like a wide flat flat screwdriver, hold it horizontally pushed in against the vent cover clip, then put your thumb on the flat of the screwdriver and push it down.

When both clips are released the vent cover should release from the top, there are a couple of slots which hold the bottom.

If you dont use the fridge in cold weather, say below 5C during the day then it is unlikely to be a problem if you dont have one

The cover shown in the video (posted above) is a different type

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There should be a clip similar to that show at each side of the vent.
I assume you are talking about my vent, no there is only the one clip. I squirted a bit of WD40 on there and gave it a good push up and it came undone, then I thought Why do I want to undo it and with all my strength pushed it down again, because Im not undoing all those screws for nothing.
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