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Old 05-06-2016, 11:03 PM   #41
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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....
Please post back what you find. We had a similar problem in our new 21. When plugged in on a cool weekend the fridge never got below 40. And it was never especially warm in the trailer.

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... Those who get 30's on this fridge are rare it seems. We hover right at 40 with setting at 4-5.
How do you set the fridge to 5 bars? Ours always seems to stop at 4. It skips 5 bars and goes back to 1 bar.
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Old 05-07-2016, 03:13 AM   #42
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How do you set the fridge to 5 bars? Ours always seems to stop at 4. It skips 5 bars and goes back to 1 bar.
You set it to 5 the same way you set it to any other level, push the little thermometer button to move it along. If yours does not do so I'd find a repair shop.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:16 AM   #43
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If your refrigerator is still under warranty, why don't you take it to an authorized repair person? Do it before Memorial weekend or they will be busy. I looked on yelp to see reviews of the repair people recommended by Dometic. We did try one locally first. They recommended the place (in Burbank) where we have it now because he is supposedly the best. He is also very busy! He has been going back-and-forth with Dometic for two weeks now. They want him to run different tests. He was unfamiliar with this fridge model, it is apparently built in Germany It has been difficult not having our new trailer to play with, but I need to have a working refrigerator!
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:11 AM   #44
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I wonder if our repair man has run this test?
https://youtu.be/txqAHaTpexc
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:39 AM   #45
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If your refrigerator is still under warranty, why don't you take it to an authorized repair person? Do it before Memorial weekend or they will be busy. I looked on yelp to see reviews of the repair people recommended by Dometic. We did try one locally first. They recommended the place (in Burbank) where we have it now because he is supposedly the best. He is also very busy! He has been going back-and-forth with Dometic for two weeks now. They want him to run different tests. He was unfamiliar with this fridge model, it is apparently built in Germany It has been difficult not having our new trailer to play with, but I need to have a working refrigerator!
Yeah we might have to do that. We can't get the 5th bar to come on at all so that could well be part of the problem. Too bad you have to take the whole trailer in to get it fixed though! Ours is really really difficult to get on and off our driveway, especially for us newbies. I might try to schedule the repair for prior to our next trip so we'll have it out anyway.
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:03 AM   #46
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Jill, we had a problem and called a mobile RV tech to come to our house. We didn't want to leave our trailer parked some where. The tech checked everything then called Dometic and they basically had him check the same things again and they sent a new circuit board. After the next trip the same problem, it would not turn on and another call by the tech to dometic and another circuit board. Now it has been working great, we have to watch that we don't freeze the lettuce and use 3 bars frequently. The OAT temps now are 50's and 60's which really helps although we have been in the 80's on this trip. We do load cold items at home, have one of the hanging plastic panels inside to prevent some of the air exchange when the door is open and I have two switches below the door, one turns a computer fan on inside and the other by passes the thermocouple in the back to manually turn on the factory fans when we reload with warm items and want rapid cooling. We are exposed to 90 and 100 temps and this fridge is handling it quite well, no ice chests for us. The single door unit was more of a challenge.
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Yes, there are mobile techs available. At this point I wish we had gone that route. But since this guy came so highly recommended we gave him a shot I did not realize it would take so long
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We used the local mobile tech to t-shoot and replace our fridge. Problem was the mobile guys spend a lot of time at campgrounds winterizing and dewinterizing seasonal folks who leave their trailers at the campground. May or may not be an issue depending where you are located.
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We used the local mobile tech to t-shoot and replace our fridge..
Good idea! I located a guy nearby with great reviews and will call him on Monday. We won't be able to camp for a while so no worries if we have a wait for service. Thanks!
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Hi: All... You don't have to go farther than your kitchen to have fridge troubles. Last year we bought a new 2K Fridgidaire 3 door. Once the power goes out, which happens here more and more, the fridge needs to be manually reset. That means for extended camping trips we can not leave food in it and no one home to turn it back on. Whoda thunk it!!! Alf
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