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Solar-powered RV Fridge Vent System

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CAMCO MFG INC 687
Add solar-powered ventilation to your RV refrigerator without drilling into your roof!
Solar Powered Refrigerator Roof Vent uses the power of the sun to ventilate the rear of your refrigerator. Additional ventilation allows your RV refrigerator to reach cooling temperature faster and operate cooler. The DC fan connects directly to the solar panel and mounts anywhere in the compartment behind the refrigerator to direct airflow upward to cool the condenser and absorber coils, increasing the efficiency of the refrigerator by up to 40%.

The fan will operate on solar power during the heat of the day, eliminating the need for complicated wiring with thermostat and switches. The vent cap is made from UV stabilized, durable polypropylene plastic and includes a fan and built-in solar panel to power it. This vent cap fits all Dometic and most Norcold vent bases with included hardware.

The fan can be mounted on the back of the refrigerator, being careful not to penetrate any vital parts. Mounting of the fan can be high in the compartment through the roof vent, or low through the outside access panel. Airflow should be directed upward, in either case. The fan is wired to the solar panel by a simple plug-in. For large refrigerators, and additional solar panel and fan can be added to the available space on the vent cover. Order the Kit below.




Technical Specs


Tech Specs

Weight: 4 lbs.

Manufacturer: Camco Mfg Inc

Mfg Part #: 42165

Tech Notes:

  • Solar panel is pre-mounted into vent cover. Functions even in cloudy conditions.
  • Maximize your ventilation by installing a second solar panel and fan system.



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    Solar-powered RV Fridge Vent System: Customer Reviews

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    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    It's OKAY but NOT Great


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 04, 2012
    The concept behind this is great, does help bring the fridge temps down, and keeps them down in hot weather. Getting the hot air to rise DOES make the refrigeration process more efficient and effective. The optimum placement of the fan supporting this is above the coils to draw air up and through. A good idea, but no matter where it was attached to the wall (thin wallboard, thick support timbers) that forms the air flue, it vibrates - a constant buzz inside the trailer. I added both rubber then felt padding of various thicknesses to insulate between the wall and the fan, and it still vibrates noisily, albeit a tad muffled. On cloudy days it is quieter, while on very sunny days, it gets all a-buzz with solar excitement. Thank goodness at nighttime it stops so we can sleep. If you do not mind the buzzing, go for it. If vibrating noises are not your thing, stick with the basic design of the fridge until they find a quieter fan or installation approach.
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    Solar-powed Fridge Vent System


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 01, 2012
    This unit was installed in about 45 minutes mostly by myself. I can see a noticable difference in the refrig temp - especially on the days when the heat outside is above 95 degrees. Definitely recommend for anyone in a hot, sunny area to help keep your food cold (and frozen)
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    Sun power.


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 21, 2012
    I hooked this up on a cloudy day and it worked. I wish there was a switch to install inside since the fan is a little loud. i havent had a chance to use it in the summer yet.
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    Working good so far


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 08, 2011
    The install wasn't as quick one as I had hoped but that was because of the travel trailer configuration not the reefer vent cover. It started working as soon as the wires were connected and has been going strong. It's only been a couple of days so I'll have to revisit this review at a later date. We'll see how it stands up to the desert heat and sun.
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    Big improvement


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 07, 2011
    After years of struggling with unacceptable interior fridge temps each summer in our old '84 Pace Arrow, one day I bought a solar vent fan like this one and installed it. The installation was pretty easy and it helped keep the food at a reasonable temp. no matter how hot it got outside. The fan was mounted at the bottom so fresh air from the access door blew up over the coils, and an inside switch at the base of the fridge allowed me to turn it to battery-run in the evening or if camped under a tree where sun couldn't get to the solar panel. I often thought of adding a second fan at the top to super cool the unit, but the one I did install really helped a lot. Mine didn't have the included vent cover like this new one; the solar panel merely screwed to the top of the original vent cover. But hey, whatever works, and I can attest that a solar powered fan helps. And in 20 years of storage and use, the solar panel did not deteriorate.
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    Big improvement


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 07, 2011
    After years of struggling with unacceptable interior fridge temps each summer in our old '84 Pace Arrow, one day I bought a solar vent fan like this one and installed it. The installation was pretty easy and it helped keep the food at a reasonable temp. no matter how hot it got outside. The fan was mounted at the bottom so fresh air from the access door blew up over the coils, and an inside switch at the base of the fridge allowed me to turn it to battery-run in the evening or if camped under a tree where sun couldn't get to the solar panel. I often thought of adding a second fan at the top to super cool the unit, but the one I did install really helped a lot. Mine didn't have the included vent cover like this new one; the solar panel merely screwed to the top of the original vent cover. But hey, whatever works, and I can attest that a solar powered fan helps.
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    Solar Powered vent fan


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 30, 2010
    I was the one who started out with: Save your money... I have since contacted Camco and they sent me a new solar panel, much more substantial than the other one. It now works just fine, it really helps the fridge during hot weather.
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    Camco Refig Aux. Fan


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 30, 2010
    Installed one of the Camco solar power vent with fan. The Solar Panel cracked within a few months. Notified Camco and they sent a replacement panel with alum. trim to hopefully correct the cracking problem. Have not installed the new panel as of yet. I added a off/on switch down at the refig. vent so that I could turn the fan off when refig. not is service. If you are considering purchasing one of these units, make sure the solar panel in the upgraded model with the alum. trim for mounting the panel. The original model solar panel had the mounting screw holes in the plastic panel. The screws and screw holes restricted the thermal growth of the plastic which caused the cracks, just one theory.
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    Great for short period


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 23, 2010
    I installed five of these on various customers coaches over a period of a month. I also installed one on my personal coach. None of them have made it a year.. solar panel is garbage, cracks and splits in the sun. No replacement is available and no warrenty is covered. Difinitely not worth the money. Cut a hole in your roof vent and put in a solar powered boat vent. will be better in long run.
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    works great


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 08, 2009
    I thought the install was reasonable, about an hour with no special tools. Works great because the fan is fed by the solar panel and runs the most when it is the warmest. Great solution.
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    Solar Powered Vent Fan


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 27, 2009
    I installed one of these in my rv refrigerator condenser compartment and was surprised how little light it took for it to work. The refrigerator is in one of the slides on the trailer so I installed the collector on one of the awning brackets and it worked out very good. So far it looks very good.
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