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Old 05-10-2018, 07:37 AM   #1
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Dometic Americana 2-door refrigerator

Any experience with the Dometic Americana 2-door refrigerator? This is the DM266x model that Escape has used the last few years, not the 8xxx models used previously.

1. How is the cooling in hot weather? Is an external fan needed? Does an internal fan help?

2. Any issues with the door hinge?

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Old 05-10-2018, 11:33 AM   #2
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The exterior fan seemed to cause problems while using under tow. ETI suggested it to be used unless sitting still and even then it i questionable. Otherwise I'm not having any cooling issues with the new style refer.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hello BillR.
Spent six weeks in the desert this spring temperatures in the day time was up to 88 F.
Ran the fridge on propane while driving and boondocking.Used electricity while staying in RV Parks or State Parks.Fridge ran like clockwork, no problem keeping cold, freezer solid, surprised actually that it worked so good, used mostly # 3 setting.Furnace at night for those cool night worked like a charm.Very happy with our 2017 21 footer.
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after about 22 days of camping plus a few days running at home.. mostly on propane (I'd say about 15 or so days) we are pretty happy with it. havent camped in really hot days much, highest we get was 95-ish and lowest was around 33F.. we didn't have external fan or internal fan.

The freezer temp is a little on the high side (at setting 5 it usually goes to about 8F but the fridge side will go to 32F or so) which makes the ice cream a little softer than we like, but popsicles turn out good and it's decent enough to make ice blocks.
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We have the DM2663 on a 2017 21’ TT.
We bought the Texas Fan, but stopped using it after it was suspected in the fusible link issue.

The fridge set on “3” and have not had a cooling problem.

Propane is our choice when traveling or boon-docking, and switch to AC when we have shore power.

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thanks

Thanks for the replies.

I'm trying to decide whether to include the external fan in the build.

We do spend time in Florida and other hot climates. We did have 45+ degree refrigerator temperatures in the 4.3cf RM8551 in our 19 (no fan). If the DM266x is really fine without the fan, great, but if not, now is the time to do it.

I did read all the fusible link posts (!) and do understand not to drive with the external fan on.

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Our DM2663 works great but with one caveat. Above 4500 ft it struggles on propane. For some reason the gas will not stay lit continuously and it needs to be restarted often (this disclaimer is in the manual). I believe on electric there are no issues at altitude. Other than that I have been amazed at how good it cools AND recovers after you get something out, even in hot temps. We have the fan but would probably not get it again.

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Thanks for the replies.

I'm trying to decide whether to include the external fan in the build.

We do spend time in Florida and other hot climates. We did have 45+ degree refrigerator temperatures in the 4.3cf RM8551 in our 19 (no fan). If the DM266x is really fine without the fan, great, but if not, now is the time to do it.

I did read all the fusible link posts (!) and do understand not to drive with the external fan on.

Bill R
We stayed in Las Vegas last summer when it was 117 deg outside and the fridge kept frozen things frozen and cold things cold. We did not order the fridge fan as we felt that it was not needed - it seems we were right.

The whole Dometic Americana fan scenario started because Casita decided to install the fridge in violation of the Dometic install guidelines and the fan was added to compensate for the poor installation practices. Escape installs the fridges per Dometic installation guidelines and it works fine.

Because of the problems with air flow that the fan sometimes causes and blowing the thermal fuse, the fridge fan seems to be more trouble than it's worth.

I would not order the fan.
Oh, and we are not going to stay in Las Vegas in the summer again!
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The whole Dometic Americana fan scenario started because Casita decided to install the fridge in violation of the Dometic install guidelines and the fan was added to compensate for the poor installation practices.
Considering the Dometic Americana series will not physically fit through the door or rear window of a Casita, I wonder how they did that.
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The fan has a switch, so you can turn it off if you change your mind on it's performance enhancement.
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