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Old 07-12-2016, 04:56 PM   #21
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It's not a coincidence that ETI switched to a wider door in the 2017 model so they can load a refrigerator that has been historically a better performer. Time will tell.
This is for certain. It was one of the many considerations for going with flat walls, being able to use a wider door. I can only imagine how much time this will save Escape, with not having to do all the service work they did with the older fridge models. And hopefully time will prove the new fridges to be better performers, fingers crossed.
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Old 07-12-2016, 05:17 PM   #22
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We will see how it goes but I can tell you that if I have a brand new $30K trailer and I can't go camping without taking an ice chest, I will be REALLY ticked and it will certainly kill my warm fuzzy feeling about having bought an Escape.
Agree!

Feeling even better about the 2017 version - I hope!
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:39 PM   #23
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Since you are in Texas, did you get the Texas edition? I believe it has extra cooling fans installed....
When we picked up last August, we were told that no extra cooling fans were needed for the two-door. We asked about having those. Our 21' is in the Texas/Oklahoma heat and working fine, even though the outside temperatures have been above that at which it is supposed to perform. Which I understood was 90F. We are regularly at 95, for some time now.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:05 PM   #24
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Since you are in Texas, did you get the Texas edition? I believe it has extra cooling fans installed....
I asked about the Texas fan option when doing my build sheet and was told it was no longer done because the fridge would cool just fine without it.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:28 PM   #25
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I asked about the Texas fan option when doing my build sheet and was told it was no longer done because the fridge would cool just fine without it.
so they dropped the optional external fan for the new fridge on the new 2017 Escape models? Thought they recommended this for the southern campers....
another question for Escape might be yes it may cool just fine without it BUT would it cool better with it? ....after all that is why the external fan kit exists right?
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:57 PM   #26
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We will see how it goes but I can tell you that if I have a brand new $30K trailer and I cant go camping without taking an ice chest, I will be REALLY ticked and it will certainly kill my warm fuzzy feeling about having bought an Escape.
How do you camp without a cooler.. or two coolers? Remember, you pack an RV refrigerator the same way as you buy the food. Protein and dairy needs to be kept COLD. Fruits and vegetables need to be cool. Are you shoving everything for every meal into the refrigerator? Or are you putting potatoes, onions, lettuce, citrus, apples into a cooler with some (blue) ice? Beer and wine are better in a cooler outside the door.... Your refrigerator isn't like some big black hole where you shove everything you want to store food. Truly.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:19 PM   #27
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For over two years, I've been reading about how some refrigerators in Escape trailers (or ANY recreational vehicle for that matter) don't perform well in extreme conditions. My take-away is that one should just accept that the technology is not there at a reasonable price to provide home-like refrigeration as these are not compressor refrigerators. Now unless one wants to take the time and spend beaucoup money to accommodate a compressor-type refrigerator, there will--or can be--issues. Take a cooler along. I do and I don't even have refer issues.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:45 PM   #28
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We always take a cooler, mostly for beverages, and sometimes food too.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:42 AM   #29
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so they dropped the optional external fan for the new fridge on the new 2017 Escape models? Thought they recommended this for the southern campers....
another question for Escape might be yes it may cool just fine without it BUT would it cool better with it? ....after all that is why the external fan kit exists right?
I asked this exact question and apparently they still offer and recommend it according to Sarah, so I put it on the build sheet.

The Norcold in my Arctic Fox 990 camper had a thermostatically controlled fan on it that would come on above about 80F. That was a 6 cu ft. 2-door 2-way and it worked great. I'm hoping the new 2017 Dometic fridges work as well as that did. I figure the fan can't hurt.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:58 AM   #30
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My 2017 21' build sheet offers the External Fridge Fan ($175) and i am absolutely getting it.

We have it in our Casita, and i think it helps when it is hot outside.

Physics being physics... i am pretty confident that it has to help, at least a bit.
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