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Old 01-31-2014, 01:04 PM   #1
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Escape 19 Fridge

Wondering about the pros and cons of ordering the larger 6.7 cubic foot fridge with an Escape 19. Is it three-way and does anyone have any opinions on whether or not the upgrade is worthwhile? I imagine the electrical and propane demands might be a little more than with the stock 4.3 cubic foot model.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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I think the critical factor is how many people are camping. I travel alone so find the tiny 3.0 cubic foot model in my trailer perfectly adequate but it would hardly suffice if more were camping. My guess is that I would be happy with the 4.3 for two people but would want the larger one for a family. Others with experience with those two will chime in here. (And maybe I shouldn't have chimed in at all.)
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:25 PM   #3
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I had a 3.4 in my Escape 19 so the 4.3 would be adequate for a couple. The 6.7 in my 21' Escape is large enough for a family. If it is just the two of you I see nothing inadequate with the stock 4.3.
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We have a 6.7 in our 19. Is plenty big for the three of us for a week long trip. Really like the size of the freezer compartment. we mostly run it on propane and doesn't seem to use much at all . Its a probably a bit big for a solo camper but great for a family .
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We went with the 4.3 because there are just the 2 of us and it has plenty of room for us. We also did not want to lose the storage above. We have friends that have the 6.7 and like it because it fits their needs better.

We did remove the crisper and purchase a shelf that is actually the lover shelf in the 6.7 to give us a little more room. We found the crisper to not be that useful for use because its design causes you to lose some storage due to its angled rear corners and height restrictions.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:20 PM   #6
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I played around with the idea of the smaller one because there will just be the two of us. What convinced me to order the larger one was when I realized (from this forum) that with this kind of frig, there should be air space around the food -- no cramming. I was sorry to lose the storage space, but thought we'd really need the space for long camping trips.
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Hi Tom and Cheryl,
I like the idea of having an extra shelf instead of a crisper. May I ask where did you order the shelf? Is it from the manufacturer? Thanks
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I had to go through Camping World (parts# 1-800-622-6264) that was a dealer. Dometic would not sell to me direct.

The first one marked upper shelf part #2413375607 is the one you need if you remove the freezer and want a shelf in its place.

The second one marked lower shelf part #2413379609 is the one you need to replace the crisper or to add an additional shelf. It is a little longer in the back.

They are not cheep. Upper is $58 and lower is $68 plus shipping and these are for 4.3 model RM8551. The lower shelf will work on either model but I'm not sure what the 6.7 RM8555 takes for a upper shelf because of the bigger freezer. It depends on where the cooling coil is compared to where the shelf slides in.

It took me a month to get the part number for the lower one because they did not have the 6.7 RM8555 in the system and they had to call Dometic several times. I had to get the product number off a friends to finally get it.
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I played around with the idea of the smaller one because there will just be the two of us. What convinced me to order the larger one was when I realized (from this forum) that with this kind of frig, there should be air space around the food -- no cramming. I was sorry to lose the storage space, but thought we'd really need the space for long camping trips.
For some reason I thought it was the opposite, it seems when full mine remains cooler, when empty or less full, takes awhile to cool down, just my observation. When not packed a battery fan is good to circulate, but if full, the fan is not needed. Always pre cool on 120v and then pack to capacity. Works fine for me.
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Full will cool better once everything is cooled down but should not be so crammed full air can not move around.
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