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Old 06-17-2015, 12:18 AM   #51
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I agree with Brian. No path should exist for exhaust from a propane device to enter the living space. Should have been trimmed out and SEALED.
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Sealed. Wait a second - you want to apply "common sense" to an RV repair shop? I didn't think pot was legal in Alberta.

This was clearly not done to Dometic installation requirements. I had pretty low expectations and that's what I got. I needed the shop to do the paperwork - I am not an authorized Dometic service center.

I will check out the cooling and air leakage on our next trip. If things are not OK I'll pull it and reinstall it right.

Pic1 - as delivered by "authorized" Dometic service center
Pic2 - trim piece removed
Pic3 - foamed and trim replaced
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:44 PM   #53
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I believe these units are sealed in the rear during installation to prevent leakage, not the front. As long as the rear was properly sealed one should not have any issues, other than aesthetically. That is not to say that since you are paying them I would expect not to see any airspace as that was the way the original was installed, correct?
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:37 PM   #54
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Sealed. Wait a second - you want to apply "common sense" to an RV repair shop? I didn't think pot was legal in Alberta.
No, pot's not legal here, but I have been a little high on cough medicine lately....

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I believe these units are sealed in the rear during installation to prevent leakage, not the front. As long as the rear was properly sealed one should not have any issues..
There was light from the vent coming through the gap, so unless it was sealed at the back with something transparent, it wasn't sealed.

Sure enough: although most RV refrigerators have a face frame which overlaps the face of the cabinet and seals to it, but page 12 of the installation manual posted earlier by Doug clearly shows that the back edges of the RMD8555 is to be sealed to the cabinet.

So it should have been sealed at the back, and wasn't at least on the top.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:58 AM   #55
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Brian,
Both myself and other owners with the single door have noticed light from around the top instrument panel of the RML8555, this light was due to sunlight penetrating the top trailer shell in places where there was no reflectix or places where construction did not allow the reflectix. This issue was noted way back when we were trying to find any leakage. There was no air leakage as the unit was sealed behind, just light leakage. The top instrument panel has holes where sunlight is visible, again as long as the rear is sealed there is no problem. The Dometic does not have a face frame sealing set up.
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It was NOT sealed anywhere on the top by the repair shop. They removed some of the rear baffling at the top. They left a very nice path for air interchange between the trailer interior and the fridge vents.
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It was NOT sealed anywhere on the top by the repair shop. They removed some of the rear baffling at the top. They left a very nice path for air interchange between the trailer interior and the fridge vents.
That's clearly substandard.
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I agree and something for others to look for in their repair.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:25 AM   #59
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It would be helpful if Escape produced a service bulletin describing how they are doing the exchange of the RML8555 to the RMD8555 and how much time on average it takes. By doing so, owners could show it to their local shop for quotes, and more importantly help ensure the job is done right.
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Update: Steps taken for fridge swap

Contacted local Dometics repair tech, happens to be a mobile service. 6/11

Tech unable to find anyone at Dometic with any knowledge of the swaps being done. Contacted ETI, they provoided their salesmans info. Local tech went through them to get someone that is up on the problem. Was told to troubleshoot the fridge, they won't swap it unless there is a problem.

After a service call and a couple days of temp testing proved it NG, Dometic gave tech the go ahead to replace it with the new RMD model, Dometic to pay 1 hr labor. Fridge shipping at this time, supposed to take a few days. 6/18

FWIW... Local rep tells me the single door fridge does not show up in this years catalog, look slike they have dropped the single door.
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