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Old 08-01-2016, 06:10 PM   #101
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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.
Hi: Mary F... I believe that the propane regulator and fridge can be adjusted to work better, not optimal, but better at higher elevations. A quick call to Reace might be in order, or a visit to a Dometic dealer up there.
We had a minor problem with ours this weekend but it was the auto regulator not switching over automatically. Might have froze in the extreme heat/humidity. Alf
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:36 PM   #102
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My driveway is at 8600' and we frequently camp at 9500 -> 10,000, never had a problem.

My auto-regulator is also a bit flakey when it comes to switching over; but I'm OK with that. I can flip the lever and I'd prefer to know when 1 tank runs out.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:22 PM   #103
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Thanks, guys. Your input gives me hope that we're just maladjusted. We checked the bottles/regulator, and did try lighting with a "clicker" but pretty much gave up once I saw the line in the manual about it not being a malfunction if it wouldn't light above 3280 ft. If we get it resolved, I will report back. Thanks again.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:12 AM   #104
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Another Update On Replacement RMD8555
I originally started this post last fall and gave an update earlier this summer on our replacement RMD8555. I thought I might give a new update as my wife and I just spent seven nights at Topsail Hill State Park in Florida with some pretty hot weather (heat index over 100 some days).

The only thing that I have changed since our earlier trips was to move the Thermistor off of the fins and move the External Fan Thermostat right next to the water tray. I moved the External Fan Thermostat down the pipe and right next to the water tray as the location were it was originally placed seldom got hot enough to turn the fans on. This new location is closer to the heat source and seems to get hotter. Keep in mind that we freeze water bottles before our trips and place in both the fridge and freezer.

From the time we left until we returned home, the fridge temperature ranged from 27F to 35F. The 35F reading came while traveling with the unit on battery. We saw 34F one time while camping when we loaded some items from the grocery store. For 98% of the trip, the temperature ranged from 28F to 32F, with the temperature staying 30F to 31F most of the time.

This might be a little on the cold side as grapes were covered in a thin layer of ice when removing them from the fridge. We even had water bottles still frozen solid in the fridge after seven days. We are still happy with our replacement RMD8555. Hopefully this performance will continue.

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Old 08-02-2016, 10:34 AM   #105
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Another Update On Replacement RMD8555
I originally started this post last fall and gave an update earlier this summer on our replacement RMD8555. I thought I might give a new update as my wife and I just spent seven nights at Topsail Hill State Park in Florida with some pretty hot weather (heat index over 100 some days).

The only thing that I have changed since our earlier trips was to move the Thermistor off of the fins and move the External Fan Thermostat right next to the water tray. I moved the External Fan Thermostat down the pipe and right next to the water tray as the location were it was originally placed seldom got hot enough to turn the fans on. This new location is closer to the heat source and seems to get hotter. Keep in mind that we freeze water bottles before our trips and place in both the fridge and freezer.

From the time we left until we returned home, the fridge temperature ranged from 27F to 35F. The 35F reading came while traveling with the unit on battery. We saw 34F one time while camping when we loaded some items from the grocery store. For 98% of the trip, the temperature ranged from 28F to 32F, with the temperature staying 30F to 31F most of the time.

This might be a little on the cold side as grapes were covered in a thin layer of ice when removing them from the fridge. We even had water bottles still frozen solid in the fridge after seven days. We are still happy with our replacement RMD8555. Hopefully this performance will continue.

Thanks,
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Hi: Drumstick63... Frozen grapes makes nice "Iced wine".http://www.theicehouse.ca Alf
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:57 AM   #106
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Thanks, guys. Your input gives me hope that we're just maladjusted.
Perhaps your trailer is not currently as level as it needs to be for the unit to work on propane?

Also I'm discouraged with the performance of the RMD8555 especially since during our Sept 2015 orientation Rae specifically said that the new double door model worked perfectly and didn't have any issues staying cool.
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Thanks, guys. Your input gives me hope that we're just maladjusted. We checked the bottles/regulator, and did try lighting with a "clicker" but pretty much gave up once I saw the line in the manual about it not being a malfunction if it wouldn't light above 3280 ft. If we get it resolved, I will report back. Thanks again.
Stopped for a night on the south side of Sanra Fe, NM, altitude approximately 6900 ft. Propane fired up right away and fridge was on all night. I'm happier...
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:39 PM   #108
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glad it is working.....now if we can clear up the import backlog and double daily production a lot more others will become happy....
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:47 PM   #110
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hi: gbaglo... A little "Altitude" adjustment!!! Alf
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