Originally Posted by Dave & Penny Smith
As long-time campers (over 50 years including backpacking and car camping and having owned a Tab for 9 years), we knew how we camped (and were likely to in the future). Thus, option choices were not very stressful for us. We're getting our 17B on Aug. 14th. What has become somewhat stressful is the apparent marginal to poor performance of the 3-way refrigerators. Going from an icebox to a refrigerator was one of the primary reasons we are upgrading from the Tab. Hopefully, we will not experience the problems that other people are reporting. The possibility of buying a highly regarded Escape and getting a problematic refrigerator is stressful!
While I am not sure if you ordered something larger, I have the original 3 way Dometic that came with my 2009 17B (model RM2354). It has always worked well, even in over 100 degree weather. However I do have the air conditioner on when it is that hot, too.
I do carry food in coolers, chill the refrigerator, then use it, once at the campsite after it has cooled down. I sometimes have used it as an icebox prior to the full initial cooling. It appears that the smaller ones are not having problems, but I could be wrong.
Further, I would not worry as ETI, appears to be doing everything in their power to rectify problems.