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Old 05-07-2016, 04:01 PM   #51
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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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At least if didn't catch on fire . Whole article a while back how new appliances burn down your kitchen . Personally knew someone who with 9 mo old 3 door started to catch on fire from the lights inside . Luckily they were home . Maybe the Chinese parts everyone is using ? Pat
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Old 05-07-2016, 05:52 PM   #52
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Left Monday fridge struggling at Vasquez Rocks ( beam down a new one Scotty)- bought some ice to save our food and it helped...got it to 40. Been at 40-42 through Bishop(OMG do i know the camping spot!...PM me - my Mammoth buddy 40 years in area didn't know. Then Janesville and now at Lava Beds it's at 44)-: I want new MB without a big diagnostic runaround. Does anybody out there know a tech who will phone it in

Had the RML, now the RMD and have to say while I prefer the separate freezer door it hasn't performed any better.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:56 PM   #53
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Left Monday fridge struggling at Vasquez Rocks ( beam down a new one Scotty)- bought some ice to save our food and it helped...got it to 40. Been at 40-42 through Bishop(OMG do i know the camping spot!...PM me - my Mammoth buddy 40 years in area didn't know. Then Janesville and now at Lava Beds it's at 44)-: I want new MB without a big diagnostic runaround. Does anybody out there know a tech who will phone it in

Had the RML, now the RMD and have to say while I prefer the separate freezer door it hasn't performed any better.
When you get home pull it and insulate the frig cabinet . My 2 previous Dometic frig's in 22 plus years both had the frig cabinets very insulated with the pink insulation packed in there .It is very important to have cabinet insulated . I believe I saw that in Dometic installation instructions .Also make sure you have a fan back there you can turn on to exhaust heat . Make sure you have a fan inside your frig . Shut it off when you open the door . This is assuming the frig is working fine . We have the single door but in 100 degree heat last summer got in morning on 4 31 . After opening went up to 44-46 but recovered real fast unlike before it took all day into the night . Now have fridge guard to try out . Maybe won't lose cold when I open door . Never take off 4 even in morning at 31 because we were in very hot weather and it gave it a running start . Pat
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Had the RML, now the RMD and have to say while I prefer the separate freezer door it hasn't performed any better.
The RMD is slightly better then the RML. Before a few mods we decided to just keep a plastic bucket with an ice block (if possible). Reminds us of the early days with a Coleman Ice Box with cold water spigot.

With my last mod we might try to use it without the ice bucket, but we'll keep it handy.
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Thanks Pat- reminded me to add another item to my warranty punch list for Reace - why we never hear the standard fridge fan run.

Will do the insulation too
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:31 PM   #56
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Thanks Pat- reminded me to add another item to my warranty punch list for Reace - why we never hear the standard fridge fan run.

Will do the insulation too
I've never heard the Texas fan run unless you bypass the thermistor, stock one might be the same.
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Thanks Pat- reminded me to add another item to my warranty punch list for Reace - why we never hear the standard fridge fan run.

Will do the insulation too
My one fan on my frig never came on . Now I can control it . Once at the Rincon in the 70,s . Frig in the shade and frig went up to 56 . It didn't recover until night . Since my mods never had that kind of temp swing again and we were in the 90's ,100's last summer trip . I think the insulation helps keeping cold and not being affected by outside air , just like a thick walled cooler acts . Pat
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The RMD is slightly better then the RML. Before a few mods we decided to just keep a plastic bucket with an ice block (if possible). Reminds us of the early days with a Coleman Ice Box with cold water spigot.

With my last mod we might try to use it without the ice bucket, but we'll keep it handy.
Ok Klem what new mod to your frig have you done ? Inquiring minds want to know . Pat
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Ok Klem what new mod to your frig have you done ? Inquiring minds want to know . Pat
Hi Pat, yes I will soon. A few clues, I had the cool air pickup for the RML going under the trailer and I added a much improved fan. Lower current draw and higher output.

Then the surprise, I found the freezer on the RMD is proportionally colder then the frig section (same as the RML). So I drilled 2 small holes in the freezer bottom and put a slow moving fan on 1 hole to circulate some of that colder air through the frig. When I turn off the frig for ferries, gas stations or whatever the little circulating fan keeps the frig cooler! (duhh)

But I have to admit Irma won't let us go anywhere without the good ole plastic bucket with ice in the frig 'for safety'. On too many trips we have been over focused on not letting our food spoil (which it has twice now) and with the ice box we have a margin of safety.
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We have a 21 hatching in November. Does anyone think there are options I should ask about that would make the fridge perform better? Maybe have the cabinet insulated during the build or adding a fan somewhere?
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