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Old 08-13-2015, 06:18 PM   #131
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I've towed my 17B, equipped with the 5.0 cu. ft. fridge ( RM2510 ) to Osoyoos, with the fridge turned off, door closed ( not opened en route ) and had the temp inside rise about six degrees, so I find your results very peculiar.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:48 PM   #132
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My RM has not performed badly on propane. (It's also doing rather well on shore power right now, 4:45PM, 98°F in the trailer but 39°F in the fridge.)

Dimensions of the RM is 32.32x20.6x24.52. The RML is 49.0x20.67x24.6.

"L" just means it is a larger fridge but if that translates into different cooling performance or engineering design I have no idea.


...I assume we may assume you have ruled out propane supply issues...?
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:56 PM   #133
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98 in the trailer, I'd be suffering meltdown. Glad the fridge is working well for you. After all the work you've put into it you deserve a nice cool fridge.

We always tow with the fridge running on propane. It never warms up and is probably at its' coldest because the door hasn't been opened and closed.

Makes me wonder if the unit in question is having the flame blow out.

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Old 08-14-2015, 12:07 PM   #134
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The trip was our first with the Escape.
Osoyoos area and back.
Both directions had the same experience.
Disappointing for such an expensive Trailer.
But while parked I didn't think it worked very well. At no time did any drink out of the fridge seem cold. It took 3 days to almost freeze a piece of meat in the freezer, I could still mush the meat with my thumb. The area is a desert and at night it got cold enough we had to put the furnace on, but the fridge didn't appear to cool any better.
I've read through the posts here about this fridge and it is clearly the weakest link, even though it is the most important appliance in the trailer.
There are probably plenty more people who don't participate in this forum and plenty more who read this stuff and don't feel skilled enough to work on the problem and so just put up with this fridge they have. (witness the number of people who are using a cooler.)
So after spending thousands on a movable fridge, are forced to depend on a insulated plastic box with ice.
My 19 year old truck camper fridge works properly, I paid 2400 for that whole camper.
I'm a disgruntled Escape customer right now.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:21 PM   #135
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Have you taken it to a Dometic authorized service centre yet? Fridge may still be under warranty, or may just need service. Most any RV shop is authorized.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:31 PM   #136
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I've had the trailer two weeks.
Didn't expect to have to deal with this.
Its a 2013 model.
Probably out of warrenty, but I'm not sure.
And ETI gave me the Dometic Warrenty phone number so I will connect with them.
First I have to get back to where it is parked, this weekend and get some numbers off of it.
This was a purchase for retirement, before retiring, so it could be paid for, that now looks like you have to be retired to have the time to fool around with it to get it right.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:36 PM   #137
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But while parked I didn't think it worked very well. At no time did any drink out of the fridge seem cold. It took 3 days to almost freeze a piece of meat in the freezer, I could still mush the meat with my thumb[/QUOTE]

While some, in extreme climates, have had well documented issues with the fridge I don't think your experience is typical. For example, we went off to the Osoyoss rally, kept going, did the whole Alaska thing, 42 days in total, fridge on 3 bars and arrived home with some meat still frozen.

Granted I've done a few things that might have improved the fridge a bit but your experience seems to be on the abnormal side. I'd recommend either having a technician check it out or do a little trouble shooting yourself.

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Maybe a spider built a home. I'd get it serviced first and complain later.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:40 PM   #139
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I'll follow up with Dometic Warrenty but I expect, based on the number of posts about this fridge, that it is the wrong tool for the job.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:59 PM   #140
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I'll follow up with Dometic Warrenty but I expect, based on the number of posts about this fridge, that it is the wrong tool for the job.
I bought a new '19 last year and the frig has been a nightmare for us. We had the RML 'big box' and got it swapped for the RMD which cost another $250. The RMD seems to be better but is still weaker then any of the other 4 RV frigs we have owned.

I agree you should get it serviced to make sure it's working to specs. But no one will be surprised when you 'complain' it's the worst frig you ever had.

We just returned from a trip south and had a plastic box with ice in ours the whole trip and had to toss a lot of great food we left home with. Irma said its the best looking ... And worst performing .. Frig of our lives.

Hoping yours can be tuned up. Good luck.
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