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Old 08-01-2016, 04:59 PM   #91
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Loving our Escape 21 (born 9/2015), but...

Has anyone else noticed the RMD 8555 isn't designed to work on propane at altitude above 1000 meters (3280 ft)? We are currently in the Mtns of Colorado and we're NOT happy to discover the fact it won't light is "not a malfunction."

Is there a retrofit? Should we consider getting a smaller fridge that will work in the Mtns? (The Americana in our 1999 Casita worked FINE on propane at 9300 ft.)

As things are, we are using our RMD8555 as an icebox...
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:02 PM   #92
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Did you try 12v operation? Not sure if you have solar and dual 6 volts, but it should run off 12v or 120v if plugged in.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:57 PM   #93
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Has anyone else noticed the RMD 8555 isn't designed to work on propane at altitude above 1000 meters (3280 ft)? We are currently in the Mtns of Colorado and we're NOT happy to discover the fact it won't light is "not a malfunction."
Not that I have a solution, but we just returned from 6 days camping at 9700 feet elevation (Bear Lake Campground, CO). None of the propane appliances seemed to have any problems. Fridge was cold and water was hot...

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Old 08-01-2016, 06:05 PM   #94
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Wow, Alan. We were at 9800 and now we are at 9300. No go, either place. Yes, all of the other propane appliances work. After a few attempts to get the fridge to go, I pulled out the book and found, written in the fine print, that above 1000 meters (3280 ft), it is not considered a malfunction if it won't light. (Sigh) Maybe we'll be able to figure out an adjustment... Thanks for you your feedback!
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Haven't had any problems with ours over 6000 ft. Might be oil in the orifice that needs to be cleaned out..........
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:12 PM   #96
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Did you try 12v operation? Not sure if you have solar and dual 6 volts, but it should run off 12v or 120v if plugged in.
Yes, Jim. We are camping without hookup. We ran the fridge on 12v while underway, through Kansas to central Colorado. Ran about 55F, and put our group 29 battery in the "fair" position... Did not make us want to keep it on 12v. (I'm saving the 12v for the water pump and my shower.)

We didn't expect great results while we were in Kansas (day time hit 104F one day we were there), but thought "once we get to the mountains we'll be fine." Imagine our surprise.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:13 PM   #97
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Haven't had any problems with ours over 6000 ft. Might be oil in the orifice that needs to be cleaned out..........
Thanks, Charlie. Our next stop is at 6900 ft. I'm hopeful...
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... Maybe we'll be able to figure out an adjustment...
I don't know if this is practical, but can you remove the outside cover and try to light the propane with a match or butane lighter? Thinking - that if the flame ignites and stays lit, then perhaps the sparker needs a tweak.

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Not that I have a solution, but we just returned from 6 days camping at 9700 feet elevation (Bear Lake Campground, CO). None of the propane appliances seemed to have any problems. Fridge was cold and water was hot...

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Haven't had any problems with ours over 6000 ft. Might be oil in the orifice that needs to be cleaned out..........
Same with me. I spent several weeks at high elevations in Utah and Colorado and had no problems running the refrigerator on propane.
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We had no issues in Yellowstone Park last fall with our RMD8555. I'm now worried about future camping as we frequent the high country for fishing a lot.


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