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Old 04-30-2015, 01:19 PM   #11
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And I want to again express my gratitude to Reace and ETI for going WAY above and beyond ANY other manufacturer for us.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:33 PM   #12
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We are going for the 2 door fridge earlier rather than later.

Based on our experience in the southwest during February and March, I think it would be hard for the fridge to perform worse than the RML8555. In order to keep the temperature under 40 We had to keep the fridge on "5" even when the outside temps were only in the 60s during the day and the high 30s, low 40s during the night. Apparently the new fridge has a larger cooling unit and some additional fans. So we put our name in with Escape and are waiting to see what happens. I know that Jim reported a broken hinge at the TN rally. Our hope is that was a rare occurance and if we are careful to not have too much in the door it won't be a problem for us.

With any luck, we can get the fridge replaced after the rally, when we are taking The Skylark back to Escape to have the floor of the dinette raised.
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:19 PM   #13
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Ditto that; except we'll being doing the R&R locally. I called one authorized shop and was quoted one hour for same reefer swap. We all know there will be some more to it, however hoping it won't require more than another hour or so. Am guessing $200-250 to get it done.

Just received my "last chance" offer from Dometic for an Extended Warranty. Normally I would pass as there are no touch controls, etc., however am probably going to spend the $100 for another year in light of this situation- or maybe two years for $130.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:40 PM   #14
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Supposedly the refer cools better on 3 than on the max 5 because those numbers do not represent lower temperature, just longer run times. This was mentioned in another post earlier.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:19 PM   #15
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From the manual
5-step LED-Indication for inner temperature selection (5 LEDs =max. Setting)

Our temp follows the number of bars and runs approximately
3 = 36-38 degrees
4 = 32-34 degrees
5 = 28-30 degrees (and I froze the lettuce and am in trouble)
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:26 PM   #16
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Hard to believe that the fridge would cool better on 3 vs. 5. All I know is on the last two week trip to Sierra, where temps never got above 73 we had to put it on 4 or else it got above 40 degrees.

I would think the manual gives a best case view of performance, however as many know it doesn't perform like that. Don't doubt it could freeze lettuce, however with a lot of nights/miles in our 21 already we've never come close to that, unlike we did with our 3.0 in the 17B.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:42 PM   #17
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The higher numbers do correspond to a lower target temperature, but if the refrigerator is unable to reach that temperature it's running as much as it can, and moving to a higher setting won't make it any more effective.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:04 PM   #18
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We just spent 4 months in Florida, and for the month of March & April the single door fridge really struggled to stay below 40 degrees, temperatures outside were 80 to 88 degrees.
It frosted up a lot and then the temperature inside the fridge really went up. I had to defrost it often to maintain 38-39 degrees. It really became a hassle.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:13 AM   #19
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I am not quite sure how the higher numbers work-- I know the fridge isn't as intelligent about temperature as it could be. But I do know that when i tried setting the fridge back to four bars the interior temperature went above 40. So I kept it on 5 bars. No danger of freezing any lettuce unless it was in the freezer..
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The higher numbers do correspond to a lower target temperature, but if the refrigerator is unable to reach that temperature it's running as much as it can, and moving to a higher setting won't make it any more effective.
Correct. That's also a good indication of the ability of the 2 door we have. In warm ambient temps we kept it at 4 and that resulted in a temp of between 36-37F. At a setting of 5, it dropped to 33-34 in about 16-18 hours. I suppose we'll need a setting of 5 when it's 95F out, but 4 worked fine in 86F.
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