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Fridge Not Cooling in warm weather - Seal around it?
Last year, our old Swift Royale ('96 Ducato based) gave us some real refrigeration issues whilst wild camping in the Pyrenees.
It was getting up to 24 degrees in the fridge (On gas - our only source of fuel)
I read somewhere, years ago, that one should "Seal" around the rear edge of the fridge (Between it's sides and the cupboards and between it's top and the sink), with upholstery foam. I'm sure I read that this would stop draughts in cold weather and would help the fridge keep cool in hot weather. I had very tightly packed foam jammed in, as close to the rear edge of the fridge as possible, whilst still sealing the gaps.
Is the latter true? Doesn't seem to work for me. I've had this fridge out half a dozen times, cleaned out burners and done everything I can think of but yet it still gave us as good as "Nothing cold" last year.
I'm just preparing for this year's trip and I've got the fridge down to 4 degrees on Electric Hook-Up (Inside the van was 18 degrees) and on Gas, it would only drop to 8 degrees.
I've seen various "Youtube" fixes, that include placing a USB powered fan inside the fridge, pointing at the fins. Also, fitting a fan behind the fridge, pointing at the fins at the top / back (To increase the air flow from the bottom vent and out of the top one) - I've not tried either fan-trick yet.
Can anyone please suggest where I might have problems or verify that they've done any of the above "Fixes" that worked or basically, set me of on the right track please?
1996 Swift Royale 590
(Fiat Ducato 14 Based - with 2.5L TD motor)