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When It Rains Real Hard Water Gets Into The Outside Refrigerator Side Vent On Our RV

by Rhonda

My 2007 5th wheel wyoming has side vents and when it rains real hard or blows it leaks in these vents how can i stop this.

ANSWER: Greetings Rhonda thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

What you are experiencing in your RV is common and normal. During heavy rain or driving down roads in the rain getting some moisture in the outside refrigerator or heater compartments is normal. If you look around at other RVs, you will see that the vent covers that cover the outside fridge and heater compartments are pretty standard. These exterior fridge and heater compartments are designed to be exposed to some moisture and still operate properly.

Trying to seal or block off these vents will cause problems for the safe operation of fridges and heaters using propane. You should only be worried if you have excessive water entering these areas or if you have water entering the RV from these areas. If that is the case you need to take the RV in and have it looked at to see if there is a problem with the proper fitting of these vents or possibly a wrong vent cover was used.

Another suggestion I have for you is to make sure that you are cleaning out these compartments about every 3 months or so. You need to get some compressed air in a can or if you have a compressor you need to go into these compartments with the appliances off and use the compressed air to get rid of any dust or debris that has made it into those exterior compartments.

I hope that this has eased your mind a little that what you have described is normal.

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Happy RVing

RVing Al

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by: Jeff

Problem. Rains exceptionally hard, water comes in side refridgerator vents and soaks the carpet under the fridge, this has happened twice, the rain is coming virtually at a straight line into the vents. Is there anyone that makes a rain cover for the vent covers. I have tried a couple of different designs but when the wind is that strong it just blows them off. Any help will be appreciated

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