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Old 10-16-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with this product?



http://shop.smartrvproducts.com/main.sc



It touts the ability to help your fridge cool more efficiently. We have had issues with cooling so we're looking for feedback on the products value.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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Looks interesting - nothing available for ours yet it looks like.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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That has always been a problem with RV fridges. They do not circulate the air like a residential fridge does. You can buy the cheap battery operated ones that don't look like they would circulate enough air. Could be very interesting.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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I ordered a res fridge in our 38gk because of all the issues with the absorption fridges (and I've had all kinds ) Notsocolds, Domestic terrors, etc...

but with my sob I installed a four computer fan housing in the outside slide vent to pulll the heat out of the top --- got it from here http://www.allelectronics.com for $19.95 iirc

and this inside wired to the fridges lite http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dometic-Refrigerator-Fan-w-ON-OFF-switch-to-INCREASE-cooling-standard-model-/180999049305?pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Acc essories&hash=item2a24625059&vxp=mtr

helped some, but it is what it is...

If you are in the neighborhood - pulled them both out and have them stored in my garage !!!


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Old 10-16-2013, 10:06 PM   #5
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One of the major problems with the absorbtion refrigerator is getting the heat out of the back of the refrigerator, not the inside. Since it has no compressor or moving parts it depends on heat and gravity to move the ammonia mixture through the cooling coils to remove the heat from the refrigerator. This heat from the propane burner or electric element, and the heat from the cooling coils has to be circulated from the back of the refrigerator. That is why fans are mounted behind it. The fans from Smart RV products mount inside the refrigerator. They may help a little by circulating the air inside, but your first concern should be to make sure that the heat build up on the back side of the frig is getting moved out.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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Looks interesting - nothing available for ours yet it looks like.
Isn't the link below for our Fridges?

http://shop.smartrvproducts.com/Norc...10007Nor12.htm

I think this might be a handy option and worth adding. Would love to see one in person but I imagine it could help tremendously. Since I fulltime in mine there's nothing worse than having to defrost the fridge. Already had to take a hair dryer to the ice maker as some water froze up the mechanism. Can't seem to keep the freezer cold enough without causing the fridge to freeze...
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Looks interesting - nothing available for ours yet it looks like.
Isn't the link below for our Fridges?

http://shop.smartrvproducts.com/Norc...10007Nor12.htm

I think this might be a handy option and worth adding. Would love to see one in person but I imagine it could help tremendously. Since I fulltime in mine there's nothing worse than having to defrost the fridge. Already had to take a hair dryer to the ice maker as some water froze up the mechanism. Can't seem to keep the freezer cold enough without causing the fridge to freeze...
Ah maybe so - I just the "Coming Soon" and figured it wasn't ready, but maybe that just means the picture is coming soon.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #8
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I just received my Norcold 1200 unit from Smart RV Products on Friday. I plan to install it over the Thanksgiving holidays and should be able to post a review next week. Happy Turkey Day Redwooders!
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #9
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Got mine as well. Probably be about 2 weeks before I install it. Let me know how it goes!
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #10
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During the Thanksgiving weekend, I found a little extra time to install the Norcold 1200 series 'fridge fix' from Smart RV Products. http://shop.smartrvproducts.com/main.sc
It took about 90 minutes for the installation but well worth the time and effort. The instructions were specific to the Norcold model and walked me through the easy installation without question. The unit adds three small 12v fans to the top of the fridge which vigerously circulate the air over the cooling fins in the back top of the unit. The 'fridge fix' has an independent switch that can be turned on while using the fridge and off when it's in storage or not being used. The only challenge was getting to the 12v connection on the back of the fridge. You have to push a wire through the drip hose in the inside back of the fridge until it appears at the other end of the hose and then it's connected to the 12v power source. I found that adding a little WD40 to the wire made the job move along much easier.
We are very happy with the results. The air movement gives you a more even cooling in the fridge as well as dryer air which reduces any need to defrost in the non freezer area of the fridge. A nifty idea!
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