Originally Posted by Bobbito
...Are there Escapers with this fridge who use in the 80 - 90 deg F temperatures and can demonstrate it at least comes close to the expected performance? If there ever was a forum capable of compiling such valuable information this one is it.
We live in northern Alberta where hot temperatures are definitely not the norm. However, we did spend 3 weeks during summer (July) 2014 in SW USA (mostly WY, UT, AZ, CO) with daytime highs varying in range of 33°C to 43°C (91°F to 109°F).
Our fridge operated on propane most of that time, with about 1/3 days at sites with electricity. We had no issues with our 2013 6.7cu ft fridge not keeping up with the cooling. Although we honestly were not monitoring the fridge performance for issues, we never noticed any problems, food stayed cold in fridge, food froze and stayed frozen in freezer (my wife passed out freezies to heat suffering neighbor kids in Devil's Garden CG in Moab). Steaks taken from the freezer and placed in the fridge to thaw would do so only after a very long time. So for us, I would have to say that up until now, we have had no negative performance issues with ours.
That being said, we do plan on continuing to travel to hotter climates in the future and all of the negative things I have been hearing about the fridge have me a bit concerned that my fridge performance could degrade in the future. Should I risk things and keep my fridge, or should I take up Dometic's offer and go with the new 2 door fridge? That is the question for me. (And are we sure that this new fridge has resolved the issues others are having? Maybe I will be exchanging a relatively problem free situation for something much worse?)