Fridge Vent Covers - An Idea.

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by PhilandMena, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    Came up with this Idea after finding my fridge vent covers had deformed and thought I would share with you as it's simple to do and as cheap as chips.

    Ease of vent covers, turn over and cut two small holes in mesh for bungee cord to pass through. Cut of one end of bungee cord, feed through hole and back through vent before putting hook back on and tying knot. see first photograph.

    Refit vent covers and just about done. This is now a permanent set up as in the second photograph.

    Finally get some thin plastic sheet cut to size and slide underneath Bungee cords. Job done. I will be getting some 2 mm polypropylene sheet tomorrow , or similar which will cost about £3.00. The whole job costs under a £5.00. I bet you could also use cardboard if you were static.
     

    Attached Files:

    • Like Like x 3
  2. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    That would work, however be careful about covering the top vent as on a lot of fridges this is also the flue outlet for when running on gas.
    I only ever put a cover on the lower vent.

    My van came with two covers but I use the second one only on the oven vent, which otherwise lets in quite a draft if the winds in that direction.

    A cover on the top vent could get quite warm, and possibly might be why yours have deformed.
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2013
    • Like Like x 2
  3. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,261
    Likes Received:
    7,882
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    I keep reading about DIY winter covers for fidge vents.

    You all do understand the vents should still pass some air and are only partially covered, don't you?:Eeek:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    9,021
    Likes Received:
    30,969
    Location:
    Lancaster
    Errrrr, No. Thought that only mattered if the fridge was in service??
     
  5. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,261
    Likes Received:
    7,882
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    The manufacturer's winter covers are used when the fridge is in operation at ambient temperatures below about 8 degrees C. It allows proper refrigerant circulation and keeps the heating element warmer.
    Keeping out the rain is a bonus feature!:BigGrin:
     
  6. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,583
    Likes Received:
    11,572
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    As your vents are on the side of the vehicle I'm not sure they will stay in place at speed if they are only 2mm thick. You may have to take them off when you move the vehicle any distance. But only one wa to find out! :Smile:
     
  7. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    Understood! both my vent covers have cut-aways to let air in at the bottom and out at the top. As will the plastic sheet's when fitted.
    The reason mine deformed is because I stored them in a bottom cupbord but they were resting on a heating duct. Thing is, this is where I've always stored them without mishap. I guess at some stage this year I must have turned the heating up a tad. I tried to straighten them by applying some controlled heat and made an arse of it.
     
  8. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    I've thought about this too! my thinking is they will be fine as any split stream will be deflected over the plastic sheet by the vent frame edge which is slightly proud of the sheet.

    However, will check it out via the wing mirror first time we set off with them fitted.

    Will get the sheet tomorrow .
     
  9. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,261
    Likes Received:
    7,882
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    You could put them behind the existing vents.

    That's how the Thetford ones fit.:thumb:
     
  10. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    1,610
    Likes Received:
    2,177
    Location:
    Rutland
    For the sake of the few quid it'll cost I think I'd buy some more.It won't be long before the slats at each end of the bungee give way,also being right next to the door ,every time someone comes to the van they'll see them and think your skint! :Rofl1::Rofl1:





    Vlaf
     
  11. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    Thank you for your generous offer but I'll stick with my plan at the moment. If It doesn't pan out I'll let you know.

    Not really bothered if people think I'm skint! You know what they say! Men with daughters will always be poor. 2 daughters, 3 granddaughters and of course the boss.

    Merry Christmas.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  12. Tootles

    Tootles Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    9,021
    Likes Received:
    30,969
    Location:
    Lancaster
    It's not just that either. Those STUPID plastic screws that are supposed to locate by half turning, get brittle and break after just one winter. Really bad idea.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. mikebeaches

    mikebeaches Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Messages:
    960
    Likes Received:
    629
    Location:
    Bristol
    • Like Like x 1
  14. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
  15. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,633
    Likes Received:
    3,648
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    The finished article.
    I purchased some corrugated plastic sheeting, light, strong, waterproof, easy to cut, sits flush with vent and above all else cheap.

    3 panels cut to size cost me £5.00 would have been cheaper if i cut it myself.

    So Total cost £7.99 and I have 6 Bungee cords and two spare vent covers.

    The E -bay one for my motorhome would have cost £30.00 each.

    I'm chuffed !
     

    Attached Files:

  16. daisy mae

    daisy mae Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2013
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    596
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    I leave the covers on mine through the winter, it is used nearly every day, and when washing the van as per instructions, , the whole of the vent is not covered, these covers came with the van, the same as on my first van, cannot see the point of taking them off when going on a journey, it would be like, on/off/on/off. blow that for a lark. didn`t have any problems with my last MH.

    Margaret
     
Loading...

Share This Page