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Old 06-14-2015, 09:01 PM   #41
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We just got back from our first trip since our pickup last fall. Set on 5 bars and outside temp in low 80's. Frig at 43-44. Coming back from West Virginia 90 outside 45-46 in the frig. Will be contacting ETI tomorrow to set up replacement.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:53 PM   #42
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We have had our RML swapped out with an RMD8555. They charged 3 hours of labor. Dometic paid for 1 hour so I had to pay for 2 hours of labor ($100/hour,) tax, and shop fee. (Ask your shop what their hourly labor rate is - it varies a lot.)

The installation looks good from the back. On the inside of the trailer the front side of the fridge is slightly further into the cabinets than the rear. AND there is a gap at the top - minimal on the left to about 1/2" on the right. Light coming in the top vent is clearly visible. I got some expanding foam and will seal it.

According to the 2 manuals the RMD is 2mm narrower and 3mm shallower, including the door. According to the shop the new fridge is a bit taller and deeper, and they had to remove a piece of the baffle near the top. They also removed the Texas fan and for some reason, returned it to Dometic with the old fridge. They said there wasn't room for it and it was not drawing the proper current.

The new one has plastic shelves and the old metal ones do not fit. I removed the crisper (as before) and moved the shelf up so I can sit tallish, heavy bottles on the floor of the unit, not on a shelf.

The shelves and door shelves can be moved but there are very limited alternate positions for them.

There are 3 plastic L-shaped pieces, not described in the manual. I think they go on the shelves to things from sliding around. (I won't use them, I use fridge RV bars to hold thing in place.)

We leave this Saturday - hope our fridge works as well as others have reported.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:06 PM   #43
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We have had our RML swapped out
We leave this Saturday - hope our fridge works as well as others have reported.
Thank you for your report! I purchased 2 more metal shelves and hoped they would fit.

Very interested in your (and anyone's) 'on the road' comparisons.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:24 PM   #44
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Hi Doug,
Any chance of some photo's of what you are describing,
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:32 PM   #45
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I cannot find the US manual online. Here is the German/English one from Europe. It is very close to my hard copy except for 230V references. (The hard copy is English/French.)
http://td.dometicgroup.com/_pdf/2890..._b_2015_03.pdf

And here is the Australia/New Zealand Installation manual:
http://dometic3frontend.qbank.se/epi...c3285a2dc7.pdf
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2 pix from back. No front pix right now.
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File Type: jpg BackLeft.jpg (142.0 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg BackRight.jpg (132.6 KB, 24 views)
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Just starting the swap odyssey.

Found a local tech to do the job. He had no luck talking to his usual contacts at Dometic, they could find no record or authorization for swapping out the fridge.

ETI supplied the tech with the name of their salesman who got the local tech in touch with someone who knew about the swaps. Tech has to verify the fridge has issues before they will do the swap, that is in progress. Tech believes the cooling unit is no good, it won't cool down to his liking. Guess I have to let him do his thing.
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Doug,
Did they have to do any alterations to the fibreglass itself in the back?
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Did they have to do any alterations to the fibreglass itself in the back?
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We have had our RML swapped out with an RMD8555. They charged 3 hours of labor.
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The installation looks good from the back. On the inside of the trailer the front side of the fridge is slightly further into the cabinets than the rear. AND there is a gap at the top - minimal on the left to about 1/2" on the right. Light coming in the top vent is clearly visible. I got some expanding foam and will seal it.
I don't believe that any shop should give a unit back to the customer with a gap allowing air flow between the RV interior and the back side of the refrigerator - this is an opening from a propane burner's exhaust into the occupied space, and is specifically forbidden by any propane refrigerator's installation manual that I have seen, by any reasonable standard for RV construction, and by common sense. It seems to me that the three hours of labour should include fitting the appliance into the opening so that there are no such gaps.
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