I've been trying to figure out where to put the cooling fans in Lance's refrigerator where they will be the most effective. And remember, I'm not talking about inside the refrigerator box; I'm talking about the actual working parts that you access from outside the camper.
The simplest place to get to is the pilot light area of the refrigerator on Lance's outside wall, and that's also the easiest place to put some fans. The refrigerator vent on the roof is harder to deal with, but it looks like it would be the best place to put the fans for the most effective cooling.
So after thinking about this conundrum for a while, which involved a great deal of thinking and relaxing, and sometimes relaxing without thinking, I've concluded that to get the most benefit from the cooling fans, I need to take off the roof vent and the screening that keeps out the bugs, and install two computer fans in the vent.
I was trying to avoid this because removing the screen looked like it would be pretty annoying since it still had all the factory caulking on it to the point that I couldn't even see the screws holding it down. And, unfortunately, past experience has shown me that it's held down with a whole lot of screws.
But I managed to get the mess apart without falling off the roof, and tomorrow after I've recuperated from the day's work, I will scrape off the old caulking and clean the parts up so they can be re-caulked without leaking.
This job cut deeply into my relaxing time, and normally I would stick with the old adage, "A job worth doing is worth hiring somebody else to do it," but in this case, I decided to do it myself despite the fact that the day was hot, and being up on the roof was even hotter, especially when I could've stayed in my easy chair still thinking about how to avoid this job altogether.
A happy, fluffy, little squirrel, also known as a tree rat, enjoying the good life in Colorado
This is the cover over the refrigerator roof vent laying on one of the solar panels. This is what keeps the rain out of the refrigerator vent.
Here is the bug screen that's under the roof vent cover. It was held down with about 25 screws, each one entombed in 11-year-old caulking which did not give up its long-held location without a fight.
This is the roof vent itself, you can see some of the cooling fins inside the vent. These fins are where I want to put the fans to suck the hot air up and out of the roof vent.
This is the lower part of the refrigerator that's on the wall of the Lance. This would've been an easier place for me to deal with, but there's not enough room to get the fans to blow the air where I want. But if fans in the roof don't work as well as I hope, then I will put a couple of fans down here.