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Old 08-15-2014, 01:19 PM   #281
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I know this is only hearsay, but he insists that the 8 series fridges are made with different cooling units depending on the climate class required and the market they are sold in.

So a "tropical" rated RM8551 and RM8555 series should be available. The fact that the Dometic reps don't know this is saddening.
Good to know. This may mean that an RM8551 (for instance) for North America is different from one for another area; to me it doesn't necessarily mean that more than one cooling unit is available in North America. I wouldn't be surprised if local reps only know about what is available in their own market.

The Dometic web listing of refrigerators for the USA, UK, and South Africa (my quick sampling of English-speaking markets in which I could find an 8xxx series) all list only one version of an RM8555, and all have the same specs for power/gas consumption. Perhaps they have different cooling units with the same heaters and burners (although that seems unlikely to me), but at the very least this suggests that in each of these markets there is no cooling choice for a Dometic rep to offer.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:42 PM   #282
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Good to know. This may mean that an RM8551 (for instance) for North America is different from one for another area; to me it doesn't necessarily mean that more than one cooling unit is available in North America. I wouldn't be surprised if local reps only know about what is available in their own market.

The Dometic web listing of refrigerators for the USA, UK, and South Africa (my quick sampling of English-speaking markets in which I could find an 8xxx series) all list only one version of an RM8555, and all have the same specs for power/gas consumption. Perhaps they have different cooling units with the same heaters and burners (although that seems unlikely to me), but at the very least this suggests that in each of these markets there is no cooling choice for a Dometic rep to offer.
That could be it as well. Just because they make it, doesn't mean they offer it.
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More evidence that Dometic does indeed make 8 series fridges that are T rated:

The ruggedized Lotus trailers made in Australia have the Dometic RMD855x fridges. They only put tropical rated fridges in all their caravans, as evidenced by several owners on Aussie forums who have enquired. Doesn't mean you can get them here though. Maybe its a case of 'ask and ye shall receive'. At this point I'd be more than asking.

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And, proof positive:

Here is the manufacturers plate for a Dometic RMD 8551 sold in Australia, made in Germany. My friend was right.

TROPICAL Climate Class rated.
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And, proof positive:

Here is the manufacturers plate for a Dometic RMD 8551 sold in Australia, made in Germany. My friend was right.

TROPICAL Climate Class rated.
And 240V! Darn, that would have been nice.....

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:17 PM   #286
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Ron, I assume you mean Dometic when you refer to "factory"?
Yes, absolutely, they have a responsibility to provide a product suitable to the area that it's being used in. They should know that the Southern US and other places are very hot. I had a Sprinter camper van in the tropical part of New Zealand last fall. I wish I'd known what I know now. I'd have been looking very closely at the information plate to see what model it was. It preformed really well.

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Yes, absolutely, they have a responsibility to provide a product suitable to the area that it's being used in. They should know that the Southern US and other places are very hot. I had a Sprinter camper van in the tropical part of New Zealand last fall. I wish I'd known what I know now. I'd have been looking very closely at the information plate to see what model it was. It preformed really well.

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I agree with this 100%. Dometic should offer a tropical rated fridge in all hot climates, regardless of country. Its not only good business practice-- its common sense.
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Yes, absolutely, they have a responsibility to provide a product suitable to the area that it's being used in. They should know that the Southern US and other places are very hot.

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But how would Dometic know, when you're buying a trailer in Canada, that you residing in the Southern US or other places that are very hot?
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But how would Dometic know, when you're buying a trailer in Canada, that you residing in the Southern US or other places that are very hot?
I don't think they have to know. They should offer varying climate rated models. They're probably not going that far. ETI is in Canada, so perhaps the suppliers are simply thinking a sub-normal climate model will do, not realizing that ETI sells alot of trailers to customers in the southern US and other hot climates. Besides, even Canada can get pretty hot in the summertime, when the vast majority of trailer owners will be camping anyway. It's short sighted.
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Maybe all refrigerators sold by Dometic should be 'tropical climate class'.
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