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Old 10-12-2015, 11:45 AM   #231
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Can the Outside Lower Vent Be The Problem

I am wondering if the lower vent that is used by Escape for the refrigerator is the problem. I have been told this is a Norcold vent but can find nothing to identify it as such, short of the number 62053 stamped into the cover. Take a look at my vent opening and cover, if you are having similar issues check if you have the same vent.
Jim that is the same vent on our 2013 with 4.3 . Pat
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:25 PM   #232
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You may want to install some metal screening to see if that works and then try to partially block some vents with fireproof furnace filter. Trial and error, either way the screening will prevent critters over the winter.
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Old 04-26-2017, 10:11 PM   #233
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Here is some data from my RMD 8555, with the upper baffle NOT properly installed. The fridge was set to 5 bars the whole time.

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It is much better than my RML8555.

I cannot remove the freezer and run it as one big fridge, which wasn't too bad with the RML8555.

I am NOT thrilled with the performance, Dometic still needs to make a Tropic or Subtropic rated fridge we can use. It did surprisingly well in really hot weather but did not recover as well as I had hoped in cooler overnight temperatures.

I amazed that Reace got Dometic to agree to swap it out. (KUDOS to Reace.)

I need to pull the fridge and baffle it properly. I will do this in August somewhere outside of Arizona or here in October.
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My freezer has gone below -0- and the refrigerator around 28 while on setting#3 out of 5, normal is about 10 in freezer and 37 in refer on same setting.
After taking the cover off our Escape 21 and dewinterizing it, I began to check all the systems in preparation for our first camping trip. On checking the Dometic RMD8555 fridge/freezer performance with our Acurite twin sensor temperature monitor, I felt that the freezer was not as cold as we had experienced in the past. With our 2 year warranty expiring in a couple of weeks I decided to do some more extensive testing of its performance. Looking on this forum, I saw that JAMMAN’s data showed lower freezer temperatures. (Post #34 this thread) Also CPAHARLEY2008 stated that his freezer temperatures were significantly lower than most of mine. Before declaring that the fridge isn’t performing properly, I would appreciate input from other RMD8555 owners about how my data compares to their temperatures. (Note the switched data columns for freezer temps as a result of Celsius vs Fahrenheit)

Also, what are the Dometic criteria for acceptable performance? I read somewhere that the freezer’s limit was 10 deg F or -12 deg C. If this is true our freezer is averaging temperatures well above this limit. To get close to this limit I have to set the unit to a #5 setting, causing the fridge temperatures to go to freezing. Input please!

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Old 04-26-2017, 10:35 PM   #234
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Bob, it's an absorbtion fridge and therefore wonky. We've been all over the board with performance over the last two years(98% on propane), however leaving the thermistor dangling has kept us in the 42 F range mostly (sometimes lower). While the freezer keeps ice cubes frozen as well as meat, it doesn't seem to do a great job with ice cream. Lately have been freezing a cooler pack that we can put in fridge if necessary. So far last three weeks haven't needed it, which isn't surprising this time of year.

I know well the feeling of making sure of stuff before the warranty expires. Have also been guilty of fixing stuff that wasn't broke either. Best of luck with it.
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Bob, just uncovered mine, I can try it at the different settings but need to know how long you left it at each before taking a reading. I take it you were not moving and the fridge and freezer were empty?
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The readings were taken over periods of at least 3 hours, but many are 5 to 6 hours or even overnight. I took them over 3 days.

JAMMAN PM'd me with a suggestion that made sense to me. The fridge temperatures are all okay unless I set it to #5 and then it goes to freezing, too cold. So, maybe when I use the fridge loaded with food and open it occasionally the freezer will get colder as the refrigeration unit does its thing trying to cool the fridge. I'm still thinking that the freezer was quite a bit colder last season, as I monitored temperatures each time before we put food in it. Unfortunately I didn't record them. It seemed to me that CPAHARLEYH2008's readings were colder as well. I would still be interested in more feedback from other Escapers with RMD8555's.

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I found that using the plastic fridge fix inside the refer really helps with recovery time, that the accurite readings were all over the place as well as where you place the sensor, on the door, top shelf bottom shelf. Finally using the little battery fan inside the unit, with the plastic covers got my RMD to normal, also to prevent blowout while towing installing some filter on the rear outside vent, by passing the stock fans with a manual fan over ride all helped.
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The readings were taken over periods of at least 3 hours, but many are 5 to 6 hours or even overnight. I took them over 3 days.

JAMMAN PM'd me with a suggestion that made sense to me. The fridge temperatures are all okay unless I set it to #5 and then it goes to freezing, too cold. So, maybe when I use the fridge loaded with food and open it occasionally the freezer will get colder as the refrigeration unit does its thing trying to cool the fridge. I'm still thinking that the freezer was quite a bit colder last season, as I monitored temperatures each time before we put food in it. Unfortunately I didn't record them. It seemed to me that CPAHARLEYH2008's readings were colder as well. I would still be interested in more feedback from other Escapers with RMD8555's.

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Old 04-28-2017, 10:32 AM   #239
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If there is so much trouble getting the RMD 8555 to cool properly, why is ETI still using it? My trailer was just completed and in the inspection stage and I was told it has the RMD 8555 refrigerator. Has ETI done anything to it to improve the cooling?
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I thought they went to an Americana and got away from the RMD 8555.
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