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Old 07-08-2015, 07:52 AM   #161
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NEW QUESTION FOR ALL WHO HAVE REMOVED THEIR FRIDGE AND WHO ORDERED THE EXTRA INSULATION PACKAGE:

I did not have any insulation on the outside wall of my fridge built in 2013 w/ insulation window pkg. Myron who got his trailer a month after mine did have that wall insulated.

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Old 07-08-2015, 09:16 AM   #162
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NEW QUESTION FOR ALL WHO HAVE REMOVED THEIR FRIDGE AND WHO ORDERED THE EXTRA INSULATION PACKAGE:

I did not have any insulation on the outside wall of my fridge built in 2013 w/ insulation window pkg. Myron who got his trailer a month after mine did have that wall insulated.

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Thanks, Dave. Right now only Pat and Myron seem to have received their units with insulation in the fridge cavity. Rasies the question as to what parts of the trailer are actually insulated in the insulation & there!mal windows option?
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The insulation package is comprised of thermal windows and insulation below the bed/dinette area down to the floor and over the wheel wells. Those units without the option with stock insulation will only have insulation in those areas you can see, in other words the areas covered with the white vinyl. Behind the refer I believe was not covered in earlier models but once the issue of cooling became prevalent it was.
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Thanks, Jim; that's very helpful. I sorta figured that the cabinetry surrounding the fridge would serve as better insulation than the reflectix would. Appreciate the clarification.
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:12 PM   #165
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Ours was new in the Spring of 2014. We ordered the extra insulation. When I removed the moldy fridge baffle there wasn't any reflectix on the f.g.

I don't know what kind of temperature the space would have reached but before I installed a new baffle I put in reflectix and a couple of inches of rigid foam.

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Ours was new in the Spring of 2014. We ordered the extra insulation. When I removed the moldy fridge baffle there wasn't any reflectix on the f.g.

I don't know what kind of temperature the space would have reached but before I installed a new baffle I put in reflectix and a couple of inches of rigid foam.

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Did it help noticeably? Hope so!
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Did it help noticeably? Hope so!
Just finished my 42 day Alaska trip. Temperatures never exceeded the low 30's. My wife left home with frozen goods and returned home with frozen goods. Fridge ran all the time on propane with the setting on 3 bars. She was happy with it so I'm happy with it.

I don't know how much each item I did in my mod affected it. But between the relectix, a couple of inches of foam, the metal baffle that directs the air more efficiently past the condenser and the dedicated flue for the flame I'm pretty satisfied it was worth the effort. Maybe the moldy baffle was a blessing in disguise

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The insulation package is comprised of thermal windows and insulation below the bed/dinette area down to the floor and over the wheel wells. Those units without the option with stock insulation will only have insulation in those areas you can see, in other words the areas covered with the white vinyl. Behind the refer I believe was not covered in earlier models but once the issue of cooling became prevalent it was.
Ronandlinda 2013 Escape 19 insulation behind frig
Ron in BC 2014 Escape 19 no insulation behind frig
Seems to be random and not in response to the cooling issue.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:39 PM   #169
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Hello everyone,
This is the response from Tammy regarding replacement of RM8555. I did asked for the refrigerator door to be replaced, but it was a no go.

Hello Tonny,

Thank you for your email.

Dometic is only replacing the RML8555. They did send us some sample doors for the RM8551 which were sent out to some Escape customers as samples. However, we have not received positive feedback with the new doors installed as it does not seem to cool any differently then when the original door was installed..

If the fridge is still not performing adequately I would recommend making an appointment with your local RV Service center and have them perform a service. Escape Trailer Industries has forwarded your information to Dometic so they already have a file started for you regarding the poor performance of the RM8551. Your appointment and servicing may detect another area of concern that is not currently in que for repair.

Please feel free to forward any questions you may have.

Tammy Harmatuik, Business Manager

Escape Trailer Industries Ltd.
43851 Industrial Way, Bldg. B
Chilliwack, BC, V2R 4L2

Tel: 604 703 1650 Toll Free: 1 855 703 1650
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Tonny, I know it's of little consolation, but the 4.3 owners with cooling issues are basically stuck unless they can get Dometic to repair/replace because the fridge doesn't meet spec performance. I'd do what Tammy suggests as a first effort. If it turns out to be within the performance specs afterward, and Dometic won't help further, you could try modifying the installation with additional insulation, baffle mods, etc as others have done. As a last resort there might be another way, but it would involve shelling out $700 or so, plus installation costs -- and that's to remove the 8 series fridge entirely, and go with something like the RM2510.2r. Not as fancy as the 8 series, but it will fit through the door, and it has a MUCH better reputation for cooling in hotter weather than any of the 8 series fridges do. It would of course also involve some modifications to the cabinet enclosure.
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