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Winter Vent covers How to Make Your Own Guide (Thetford Fridge)

Just a reminder folks it's time to put your winter vents on with a guide on how to make your own below

Anybody thinking of buying winter covers for the new Thetford fridge vents save yourself a bit of money and do it yourself.

This is for the new type removable vents:

First get hold of some plastic sheet, what I used was an old plastic container we used to keep the kids toys in. Cut both sides of the container off so that you have two flat pieces of plastic (make sure they are big enough to cover the vent)

Remove the outer vent by un-clipping the two clips. Take out the inner mesh screen. Place the plastic sheet on a flat surface then place the mesh screen on top, mark around with a pencil then cut out. Have a look at a Thetford winter vent and cut out two slots to match the Thetford one, (you dont have to be exact with this) You will need two of these so place the one you have just cut out on top of the other plastic sheet mark around with a pencil again and cut out. Once you have done this replace the mesh screen them place the plastic cut out in front of the mesh screen then replace the front vent cover. By doing this you will save yourselfs around £35.

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What a great Idea Graham
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What a great Idea Graham
Thats all it is Phill, a piece of plastic that fits inside the front cover and Thetford want £17 + each and you will need two. Save your money mate two pieces of plastic cut to size.
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Okay everybody fortunately today my son who is a UPVC fitter came home with a piece of plastic as he knew I was looking for some for my brother-in-laws vents. The plastic he brought home was a piece from a upvc door panel that he had in the workshop, just what I needed. So below is a detail with pictures of how I made the winter vent covers.
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Picture 1, The vent in place before the start.

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Picture 2, The two black clips to release the front vent


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Picture 3, The front vent removed showing the fly screen


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Picture 4, The fly screen removed showing the back of fridge


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Picture 5, The plastic sheet my son brought home


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Picture 6, The fly screen placed on top to use as template


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Picture 7, The sheet marked out ready for cutting


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Picture 8, The cut piece of plastic marked ready to cut the two slots


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Picture 9, The piece of plastic with the slots cut out


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Picture 10, The fly screen replaced


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Picture 11, The cut piece of plastic in place


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Picture 12, The front vent cover replaced


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Picture 13, Looking up towards the vent showing the cover in place with the air vent showing.


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All the plastic was cut using a stanley knife, be carefull.
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Hope this helps you all to save a bit of money by doing it yourselves.
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Just an update.My home made Thetford winter cover goes right the way across as I don't use the caravan during the winter. But if you are using the caravan during the winter measure the cover to fit in between the two points arrowed.

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hi graham what a great job anything to save money will help all thanks for that cheers .tom
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Pics are great thanks - will have look at doing this as don't have these
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The cut out mentioned is VERY important as the flue for the gas burner is behind that vent, Many people think these vents let cold into the van, On a properly fitted fridge the rear is sealed off and can only vent through these openings, However when winter caravaning without winter covers cold air in and out of these vents can cause the fridge to over cool and freeze solid, Hence the winter covers, But brilliant cheap alternative there as long as you leave some vent open ,
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Just an update. I don't think the thetford winter cover goes right the way across so if you are using the caravan during the winter measure the cover to fit in between the two points arrowed.


You need to be certain as messing with gas installations can be very dangerous.
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You need to be certain as messing with gas installations can be very dangerous.
The gas exhaust comes from the end section of the vent hence only covering the main part of the vent exactly the same as the Thetford winter cover except a lot cheaper.
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