What to Know About RV Refrigerator Vents


You are probably already aware that when it comes to RV appliances, they are usually very different from the kitchen appliances you’ll find in a home kitchen. For example, the RV refrigerator vent may not be an important part of the typical fridge, but in an RV, it has a very important function!

The RV refrigerator vent has two purposes. First, it keeps water and rain out of not only the refrigerator, but the RV itself. An RV refrigerator vent fan also vents hot air from the RV fridge, helping to keep your items cool. RV refrigerator vents draft and circulator the hot air that is created during the cooling process. It’s vented from behind the refrigerator, either out from one of two vent locations. You can find RV refrigerator vents in two spots on your rig, either on the roof or on the side wall.

A vent that is located on your roof may need to be replaced sooner than wall vents, because weather and UV rays can cause damage. You can also use an RV refrigerator vent cover to protect it from the elements, but age also has a factor in the lifespan of the vent. Luckily, RV roof refrigerator vents can be easily replaced.

You don’t have to find an identical replacement for your RV refrigerator vent. Luckily, there are a number of universal RV roof vents that fit a variety of motorhomes, 5th wheels, travel trailers and more. They are also available in a wide variety of styles and colors, so you can find something to fit your rig easily! You just want to make sure that the vent allows for air to pass through. 

To replace the vent, you’ll have to unscrew and remove the old refrigerator vent and replace it with the new one. The entire process typically takes about only 15 minutes and requires unscrewing and screwing four screws. Once the new RV vent is installed and the screws are attached, make sure to add sealant to the top. You’ll also want to make sure to read the new RV refrigerator directions in case there are any additional instructions.  

A side wall RV refrigerator vent can also be worn down from weather, but it’s also more common to be prone to obstructions. You should check the RV side vent occasionally for obstructions such as general debris, hornets or bee’s nests, leaves and more.

Replacing a side wall RV refrigerator vent is similar to replacing a roof one – simply remove the screws, take out the old vent and replace it with the new one! However, a side wall vent may need more effort to find a particular style, as side RV fridge vents are designed to fit specific RVs and vehicles. You’ll want to make sure you’re using the correct cut-out dimensions, or use a universal installation kit.

Keeping your RV refrigerator vents in great condition doesn’t take a lot of effort – a RV refrigerator vent cover, a few minutes of your time occasionally to check for debris and you are a step ahead of perfect RV vents!