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Old 09-13-2015, 11:34 AM   #151
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Yes, I'm cooling down my unit now in preparation for the trip later this week, going to store tomorrow for scrapple and your Yuengling
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:51 PM   #152
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The two-door cools down much quicker than the old one and we had the 5.0 that didn't have as many problem reports. Have not been in enough hot weather to test that but this two-door, according to specs I saw, is supposed to work to 89.6 F or 32 C. After that, it wil be like the others, I guess.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:14 PM   #153
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8 hrs on the road yesterday, mid 70's, overcast. Fridge on propane, went up to 48 on 5 bars.

Today 8 hrs on the road, mid 70's, sunny on the fridge
side. Fridge on battery, went up to 40 on 4 bars.

Wonder if the propane is blowing out like Alf mentioned.

Batteries show -15 amp for the day, on the road at 7am. Pretty good.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:30 PM   #154
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I may try battery next trip I believe my propane blew out last trip.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:18 PM   #155
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When I returned from picking up in Chilliwack, and the rally in Osoyoos the next 3 days, I stopped in Huntsville, AL, to visit the son and his family. The 10 hour trip home to Florida was in 90 degree plus temps running on 12v with solar. When we arrived home, the refrigerator was at 35. Coming across South Dakota in June, running on propane all day, it was 34 when we stopped. However, outside ambient temperatures were in the mid 70s. But I've had no problem maintaining 35/36 degrees.
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That differs from my experiences, same trailer, same fridge. Maybe eti changed something with the baffles or some such, all I know for sure is the temps rise when I travel. Recovery is much better with the rmd though. If I see a hardware store I'll try a filter like Alf and attempt the propane again.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:06 PM   #157
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please post some pictures Bob for others, thanx
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:29 PM   #158
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That differs from my experiences, same trailer, same fridge. Maybe eti changed something with the baffles or some such
It really baffles me, Bob, because the individual who picked up his 5.0TA 2 hours after me has had problems maintaining low temperatures. He is from Louisiana and spoke with me when he was crossing Nebraska where he first encountered the problem. He was at the rally and had no problems in Osoyoos. Since then he has had a similar experience to you (temps in the mid to upper 40s). But his trailer sat around ETI for a while before pickup. Mine was finished a day or two before pickup on May 27. Maybe ETI did make some kind of change. I don't remotely monitor the refrigerator like some people do, but as soon as I stop and plug in, my wife changes it over from 12v or propane to AC, and she checks the temperature in both the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Why I haven't had problems when others have has me wondering if Dometic has a quality control problem and some units are built better than others.
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I wonder about that too as we had no problems with the single door fridge we had in the 21' we just sold! We had no problems in Osoyoos, nor at Kokanee Creek PP when we camped in 95* heat in July.
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:34 PM   #160
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NOT Satisfied In Louisiana

I am the guy from Louisiana and we are definitely NOT satisfied with our RMD8555. In fact, we just picked it up yesterday from a local Dometic Warranty Center where it has been for approximately one month. The Dometic Warranty Center is still waiting on parts (door gaskets & fan sensor) which now aren't scheduled to arrive until sometime in October. I guess we would be OK with the lengthy wait if we had confidence that what Dometic recommended to fix our fridge would actually work!

OUR JOURNEY
Our fridge and freezer worked well at the Rally, in Jasper National Park, in Glacier National Park, in Yellowstone National Park, etc. We were happy! That changed in Nebraska and we have had a problem since then with the inability to maintain a cold temperature in certain situations. Extensive testing began immediately after arriving home from the pickup in Chilliwack!

COOLING UNIT
The cooling unit on our RMD8555 has proven the ability to cool, even in high temperatures and high humidity in Louisiana and Florida. It works great on electricity. It works great on propane. It has even shown the ability on a few occasions to reduce the temperature when running on battery!

AIR INTRUSION & LEAKAGE
The problem with our RMD8555 is that it leaks a tremendous amount of hot air into the fridge from the backside and leaks an equally tremendous amount of cold air out the door! The cooling unit simply cannot compete with the amount of air intrusion and leakage! This occurs when running the MaxxFan in exhaust mode and we believe this same leakage is taking place when traveling. You can actually feel the cold air escaping. In our tests, we have watched the remote thermometer rapidly climb from the low 30s Fahrenheit to the upper 50s in short order with the MaxxFan in exhaust mode. We have seen this same behavior when traveling. We have even seen this rapid temperature climb with 3 or 4 windows open and the MaxxFan in exhaust mode - a typical boondocking scenario for us.

MORE ON THE AIR LEAKAGE
Early testing after talking with Reace showed several spots behind the aluminum cooling fins inside the fridge that would almost blow a candle out with the amount of air intrusion! This can't be right! Should the fridge allow air through the foam insulation? We did not see that issue in the freezer. We even sealed the slot and latch area underneath the doorskin which helped with condensation but it just moved the cold area leakage to another spot on the door. Nothing we tried has stopped the air intrusion and leakage!

Is anyone else experiencing the air intrusion and leakage? Is it possible that some RMD8555s weren't properly sealed on the backside at the Dometic factory?

We really love our trailer and are hoping we can get the fridge air intrusion/leakage issue resolved on our RMD8555 as it has proven it's ability to cool in high temperatures and high humidity!

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