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Old 03-30-2015, 05:14 PM   #21
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Yeah, you wanna know the cool part Brian? When someone asks a question now I actually have a trailer I can take a picture of! No more theory.
This and no more searching the internet for answers. Looking forward to you providing more information based on experience.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:30 PM   #22
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Facts to chew:

In its products listing the current Dometic website makes no mention of the RM5551 single door 3-way refrigerator, the one I got.

The following single door units are listed:

1. The 2454 (capacity 4.28cf) is 5 inches taller, and 4 inches wider than the 5551. 3 way power for this one is called an extra (?$?) option only.
2. The 2554 (5.3cf) is 10 inches taller, and 4˝ inches wider than the 5551.

Question: Within the space allotted for the "discontinued" 4.3, are either of these two units a replacement fit? I did a few measurements in my trailer. There just might be available an extra 4 inches of width but it’s looking like a real pinch. Cannot confirm without pulling the 4.3 unit. Not ready to do that yet. For height, no way, without cutting into my microwave space. With the 2554 installed the microwave is history.

What to do? My 5551 has performed swell, but remains untested in temps above 75°f. Translation: not a certified lemon but also not ready to be called a peach.

A replacement fridge, should it ever come to that, could mean aggressive cabinet work.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:37 PM   #23
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As a prospective new owner (17B delivery date 8/01), I'm wondering how many Escape owner's are experiencing the inadequate cooling problems being discussed? One of the major reasons that we decided to upgrade from our Tab (which only has an icebox), is that we were tired of hunting ice every 3-4 days in hot weather. Hopefully, the refrigerators currently being installed by ETI are working reliably in summer temperatures?
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:51 PM   #24
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Facts to chew:

In its products listing the current Dometic website makes no mention of the RM5551 single door 3-way refrigerator, the one I got.

The following single door units are listed:

1. The 2454 (capacity 4.28cf) is 5 inches taller, and 4 inches wider than the 5551. 3 way power for this one is called an extra (?$?) option only.
2. The 2554 (5.3cf) is 10 inches taller, and 4˝ inches wider than the 5551.

Question: Within the space allotted for the "discontinued" 4.3, are either of these two units a replacement fit? I did a few measurements in my trailer. There just might be available an extra 4 inches of width but it’s looking like a real pinch. Cannot confirm without pulling the 4.3 unit. Not ready to do that yet. For height, no way, without cutting into my microwave space. With the 2554 installed the microwave is history.

What to do? My 5551 has performed swell, but remains untested in temps above 75°f. Translation: not a certified lemon but also not ready to be called a peach.

A replacement fridge, should it ever come to that, could mean aggressive cabinet work.
Myron, the RM8551 is a current offering of Dometic, but for the Asian, European and Middle East Markets. It can be sold in North America (Escape is proof of that) but its rare here. Same with the RM8555.
http://www2.dometic.com/enie/Asia-Pa...ctdataid=73057
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:12 AM   #25
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As a prospective new owner (17B delivery date 8/01), I'm wondering how many Escape owner's are experiencing the inadequate cooling problems being discussed? One of the major reasons that we decided to upgrade from our Tab (which only has an icebox), is that we were tired of hunting ice every 3-4 days in hot weather. Hopefully, the refrigerators currently being installed by ETI are working reliably in summer temperatures?
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See post 62 of the "Dometic comes through" thread. The 4.3 cu ft does not adequately cool above 80 degrees F.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:33 PM   #26
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Took delivery of the 19 in November, so still haven't tested the 4.3 RM 8551 in really warm weather...that will come up in a couple of weeks. My unit is also top vented, as Robert showed on his 19, so perhaps I won't have a problem. There's also a "Texas fan" installed.

My issue at present is the plastic bin unit at the bottom. I'm not wild about it, and there's some wasted space in the two back corners. I was going to remove it, and just add another wire shelf, until Dometic told me the shelf was $103, before shipping and tax. I've decided to hold off a while longer!
Try ordering through camping world. I think we paid around $60 for the shelf. Part # 2413379609 I also added a upper shelf since we have the freezer removed Part # 2413375607

I run our fridge with the freezer removed and can get fairly good performance that way. I realize there are those people that this would not be a option and that need a freezer but right now it seems to be the best fix out there for the 8551. It is nothing like our old fridge was in previous campers but gets us by.

Just wondering if those who are having problems have actually taken your unit in to be checked by a RV repair place so it is recorded by Dometic that you are having problems.

I have a friend with a November 2013 19' that seems completely happy with their fridge and does not complain about its performance.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:47 PM   #27
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Great advice to get the problem documented.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:07 PM   #28
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Try ordering through camping world. I think we paid around $60 for the shelf. Part # 2413379609 I also added a upper shelf since we have the freezer removed Part # 2413375607

I run our fridge with the freezer removed and can get fairly good performance that way. I realize there are those people that this would not be a option and that need a freezer but right now it seems to be the best fix out there for the 8551. It is nothing like our old fridge was in previous campers but gets us by.

Just wondering if those who are having problems have actually taken your unit in to be checked by a RV repair place so it is recorded by Dometic that you are having problems.

I have a friend with a November 2013 19' that seems completely happy with their fridge and does not complain about its performance.
Can you tell us if you moved the therm. To the side or is it in orignal place on fins . Just to check again the fan is to move air down not up ? Thankyou , Pat
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Can you tell us if you moved the therm. To the side or is it in orignal place on fins . Just to check again the fan is to move air down not up ? Thankyou , Pat
In that picture the sensor is in its orgional place. I have since moved it off the fins and attached it to the wires for the fan you can see.

Fan is blowing down.
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In that picture the sensor is in its orgional place. I have since moved it off the fins and attached it to the wires for the fan you can see.

Fan is blowing down.
Thanks Tom . Pat
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