advice on thetford fridge winter vents please

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  1. Phill D

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    I'm confused......:Doh: not difficult these days...
    I have a thetford 150 ltr fridge freezer with two large external vents. I have been given conflicting advice on winter covers. I have been told that i need a vent cover for both top and bottom vents by one accessory dealer and that only 1 cover is needed by another dealer. But neither are adament whats needed. Its not clear on the theford web site either.

    Anyone with a 145 ltr or 150 ltr fridge freezer know whats needed?

    Your help wil be appreciated.
     
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    Do I need winter covers?
    We recommend the use of winter covers when the fridge is being used in cool temperatures <8C, when the van is in storage or when being cleaned.

    Should I take special precautions using my refrigerator during winter?
    We advise using Thetford winter covers on the ventilation grills from 8 degrees Celsius and below to ensure optimum performance. Winter covers can be obtained as an accessory from your Thetford point of sale.

    from here
    http://www.thetford-europe.com/en/faqs.aspx
     
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    Have to be honest after having a thetford fridge in the caravan before we got rid ,I never knew they done winter covers for them, mind you it was a bonus if the thing worked most of the time anyway. I know with the Dometic they have top and bottom covers and I think I'am right in saying that they should be used when temperatures drop below 10 degrees.
     
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    You need both for operating below 8 degrees C.

    Also use them when storing and cleaning the van.

    Last time I bought some (when I lost one in transit :Doh:), you could only buy them as a pair. :Smile:
     
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    Thanks i have seen that but despite the fact it says "covers" it is not clear that you need 2. With their smaller fridge sets the 2 covers needed come in 1 bag. These are sold singularly.
     
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    If you leave fridge vents covers on when the weather is at present would the fridge still perform as normal? Ie why use only below 10 degrees
     
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    I have always fitted winter covers to my vans. They are a must when washing to keep out the excess water and in winter to let the fridge work at it's most efficient. About 8-10 degrees is when you would need to fit them in winter.
    If you decide to purchase a pair of covers I have a brand new pair which
    have never been fitted. Just PM me if you are interested.
     
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    I have already purchased 2 covers, it was after purchasing them i was told by a second dealer only 1 was necessary. That is what i am trying to clarify. It does seem 2 are needed.
     
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    Thanks thats what i have. So job done... many thanks all:thumb:
     
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    winter

    Do you need to put the covers on even if you don't use the fridge in the winter months?
     
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    MMMMM, dunno! Putting them on can help to keep rain out!

    We use our fridge all year round, I was under the impression the vents were to prevent over-cooling of the fridge at low ambient temperatures. I would guess a fridge not being used shouldn't over-cool!
    If permanent damage was caused due to low ambient temperatures around a switched-off fridge, I guess there would be a lot of unhappy caravanners out there come the Easter Bank Holiday when they get their vans out of storage!:Smile:

    Our 'weather station' in our MH has it's outside sensor mounted just inside our lower fridge vent, allowing it a flow of ambient air. Now, bearing in mind, when skiing, we have seen temperatures of - 20 and below, I would say don't worry about your fridge!:thumb:
     
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    We have a largish Dometic fridge/freezer in the van.
    Never have used covers on it nor on any of our previous vans.. In fact did not even know they existed for the first 2 or 3 years of motorhoming !!

    As we have used the van(s) all year round without issue I shall not be fitting any now :Smile:
     
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    I have not had covers on either of the vans we have had and we have used all year no problem.I suppose there may be an argument on efficiency grounds?:RollEyes:
     
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    In my Eura I never once used covers and I fulltimed in it down to -22C. Never put them on for washing either just avoided direct jets of water...

    Never a problem.
     
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