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Old 10-31-2015, 04:20 PM   #31
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Cathy- fridge stayed in the upper 30s, freezer in single digits.

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Bruce, I don't think ours did that well but I am afraid I did not pay close attention in hot weather. Just hope it works as well as yours did.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:11 PM   #32
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We went camping last weekend parked in full shade, full hook-ups, at the beach and our refrigerator would only drop below 40* at the highest setting. We were very concerned about how we were going to keep food cold this summer. Our Escape has been with the Dometic Authorized "surgeon" this week. Diagnosis- it may be the circuit board or thermistor. He will call Dometic Monday. To be continued....
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:34 PM   #33
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Our RMD replacement for the RML (under warranty) has done well so far, freezer at 15 and fridge in mid/upper 30s on the middle setting. However, it's only been in the 70s a few times while camping so far.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:28 PM   #34
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We went camping last weekend parked in full shade, full hook-ups, at the beach and our refrigerator would only drop below 40* at the highest setting. We were very concerned about how we were going to keep food cold this summer. Our Escape has been with the Dometic Authorized "surgeon" this week. Diagnosis- it may be the circuit board or thermistor. He will call Dometic Monday. To be continued....
Hi Mary- how is everything else? Those who get 30's on this fridge are rare it seems. We hover right at 40 with setting at 4-5. Was your stickie 5th wheel better?
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:48 PM   #35
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Dometic RMD8555 Frustration

We get 36-38 degrees on 4th setting when the average outside temps are in the high 70s to low 80s. Above that we need the highest setting to stay sub 40. As long as we limit the number of times we open and close the fridge, it's worked fine for us, and we've used it in 90 degree weather. For an SN rated fridge, that's right in line with the expected performance.


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Old 04-30-2016, 05:57 AM   #36
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You didn't mention what the ambient temp was, but 40ish is what we get when it's pretty warm out. After attempting many "fixes" we just live with it and carry a cooler for the perishables in case it's needed. For the most part, if we carry our drinks in the cooler so the fridge stays closed it works out okay, but then we're not hot weather campers.

We find it runs a little cooler on propane.

I do wish there was a better option.

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Old 04-30-2016, 06:23 AM   #37
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We went camping last weekend parked in full shade, full hook-ups, at the beach and our refrigerator would only drop below 40* at the highest setting. We were very concerned about how we were going to keep food cold this summer. Our Escape has been with the Dometic Authorized "surgeon" this week. Diagnosis- it may be the circuit board or thermistor. He will call Dometic Monday. To be continued....
Hi: Take_a_hike... Sure hope the authorized "Surgeon" gets the solution figured out. I'm a die hard single door owner who has done a few simple things to improve the performance of our RML8555 Dometic fridge. We always make sure to press tight the door when closing it. It is very light weight and has a thin magnetic seal. I also found a hole in the bottom of the door... that let out copious amounts of cold air, specially when using the MaxxFan on exhaust mode. Plugged it!!! I also moved the thermistor off the cooling fins to more reflect the inner fridge temp. It's now located in the drain trough under the fins. It's very important to keep the condensation drain hose attached to the collection cup so as not to suck in too much warm air through it. We also experienced flame out while towing with the fridge on propane. Took steps to muffle some of the air flow through the external vent on the side of the trailer using a furnace filter material.
Not suggesting these tricks are any permanent fix... but they have helped the fridge stay in the operating range of temps. We haven't lost an ice cube yet!!! Alf
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:11 AM   #38
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I just returned from a trip in my Escape. On the last leg of the trip I inadvertently left the roof vent and bathroom vent open while traveling, and a window cracked open. Sure enough, when I got home I saw that the RMD8555 fridge was too warm, at around 50 F.

On previous legs of the trip I made sure to close the vents and windows when traveling, and I had no problems with the fridge. I kept the fridge on battery while traveling, and ambient temps were in the 80s F. When camping I had the fridge on propane and used the MaxxFan on intake mode, letting the air exhaust through a window. I had no problems with the fridge when parked.
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Yes, you do not want to create a negative pressure inside so it is good to close up completely while under tow.
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Hi Mary- how is everything else? Those who get 30's on this fridge are rare it seems. We hover right at 40 with setting at 4-5. Was your stickie 5th wheel better?
Hi Ross- We bought our first (used) camper in '82. Since then we have had 3 campers, a trailer and two 5th wheels. There was only one summer in 100+ heat that we had trouble keeping the refrigerator cool. ( I probably had too much stuff in it,too) not sure what brands they were. I think the last two were Norcold in the Nash and Cougar. I guess I have been spoiled by working refrigerators. Hopefully this guy will solve the problem. His small lot was filled with RV's and he is a one man show. Glad we were able to get it in before Memorial weekend. Hope we have a frustration free summer!
We had to take it to Burbank, so we can't do any mods😖! We are thinking about adding a Lagun table. Looks like your table came out nice!
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