More mods - fridge fan and battery
Super disappointed in the cheap Camco or whatever brand "portable fridge fan" that I had to rewire it.
First off it runs on 2 "D" cell batteries (for 3 months supposedly) but there was no on/off switch. Also, the thing slid around in there easily.
I opened the back and soldered new wires to the contacts for the batteries. Could still use batteries if necessary with how I connected them. I then used and alligator clip for ground to clip on the fridge fins (surprisingly the fridge +DC feed is live all the time so any permanent ground would result in the fan running all the time). The alligator clip allows me to turn it off and remove it (the shelf etc) for cleaning or changing the little charcoal pack if I want to. For the hot I used a bullet connector also for removal options. I also drilled a couple holes in the bottom and used a zip-tie to secure it to the shelf.
Despite looking like bare copper, the wire I ran down the drain tube is actually clear (very well I might add) insulated 22 gauge copper. I ran this to the +12VDC connector to the fridge on the outside. I don't like to add additional connections if possible (introduces additional corrosion points) so I stripped it back, widened the connector a touch, and feed the wire in with the existing plug.
I think the pictures should explain the rest. I can turn the fan off, remove it and the shelf if necessary, now it doesn't use batteries that have to be hauled to recycler, and it doesn't slide around. I can even throw a new charcoal pack in once in awhile if I feel like it.
On another note, I posted some pics of the waterproof splice (Mills Fleet Farm) I replaced the truly nasty huge wire nut the dealer installed the battery with. In fact, I believe that wire nut (super corroded already and one black wire pulled out easily) was the source of my audio system losing its mind (presets/time) constantly. It is wired correctly behind the cabinet (I checked) and now works great.
I have a master battery cutoff installed, but have my Trimetric able to read even when the master is off so probably a 100mAh phantom drain just from that when fully disconnected.
As always - open for questions...love this forum!
Single father of 2 kids, 12 and 7 years old
2011 Jayfeather X19H
2008 Jeep Commander 4.7l
Equalizer E2 6000