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Old 10-29-2018, 01:03 PM   #1
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Fridge Defend (defends your fridge from premature failure while increasing efficiency

This item has peaked my interest and I am looking for input from the forum.
https://www.arprv.com/index.php
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:33 PM   #2
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I believe another forum member under "Wetzk"
has already installed one of those and reports his success, try researching under his name.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:35 PM   #3
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This item has peaked my interest and I am looking for input from the forum.
https://www.arprv.com/index.php
Thanks, Ronn

We installed one last year. It works, I have checked and it operated while we were stuck in traffic on a steep hill in North Carolina and has operated 3 other times so far.
I figure if it prevents the boiler from overheating and extends the fridges lifespan it's good enough for me.

We installed a refrigerator protection device


Another Escape owner also has one.


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Old 10-29-2018, 02:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Ken/Karen and Jim, I did a search but didn't find anything. I will check both posts out. Ronn
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:00 PM   #5
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A total boiler meltdown sounds pretty scary and worth the $$s if it's really a risk. Has anyone reported this type of catastrophic failure on the forum?
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:23 PM   #6
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I've read the Escape Forum and FGRV for the past ten years and I recall nothing about boiler failure. The web site reminds me of The National Enquirer graphically, and I have about the same confidence in the truth of their statements.
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:58 PM   #7
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I've read the Escape Forum and FGRV for the past ten years and I recall nothing about boiler failure. The web site reminds me of The National Enquirer graphically, and I have about the same confidence in the truth of their statements.
I have heard of boilers destroyed due to operation while not level (it happens, flat tire or a breakdown on a grade, parking on a grade) Probably fire isn't as common as the destroyed boilers.
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I have heard of boilers destroyed due to operation while not level (it happens, flat tire or a breakdown on a grade, parking on a grade) Probably fire isn't as common as the destroyed boilers.

I believe that might have been an issue in the past, but that fridges today are comfortable, if you are comfortable. I think that that site is trying to sell you something based on anecdotes and fear.
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This item has peaked my interest and I am looking for input from the forum.
https://www.arprv.com/index.php
Thanks, Ronn
You asked. I don't believe it is a needed item at all. You can be on quite a slope with the newer RV fridges and they work just fine. If it is comfortable enough to sleep in the trailer, the fridge will be fine.

Dometic's operating tolerances are to be within 3° side to side and 6° front to back (of the fridge, not the trailer). Steeper than that they will still work but risk damage if left for a prolonged period. On a 21' trailer that is 7' 4" wide you can be out of level front to back 7 1/2" and side to side 5 1/4".
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This item has peaked my interest and I am looking for input from the forum.
https://www.arprv.com/index.php
Thanks, Ronn
Ronn, I installed the ARP Fridge Defend on my Dometic DM-2663 refrigerator. Turns off Gas or Electric to refrigerator if refer boiler over heats. ARP control module will turn fan on at user defined or pre-set temperature. Installing the fan attached to lower grill is what is recommended by manufacture.

For other members not interested in installing this device the Fridge Defend Website is very informative.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:54 PM   #11
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You asked. I don't believe it is a needed item at all. You can be on quick a slope with the newer RV fridges and they work just fine. If it is comfortable enough to sleep in the trailer, the fridge will be fine.

Dometic's operating tolerances are to be within 3° side to side and 6° front to back (of the fridge, not the trailer). Steeper than that they will still work but risk damage if left for a prolonged period. On a 21' trailer that is 7' 4" wide you can be out of level front to back 7 1/2" and side to side 5 1/4".

Get stuck in traffic on a steep hill. That happened to me in North Carolina and the device shut the fridge off when the boiler temperature went to high.
I've checked it and suspect the other 3 times were climbing out of Glacier National Park, one of the steepest rest stops I've ever seen and not sure what set it off one time.

I'm not worried as much about fires but you can seriously shorten the lifespan of an Absorption fridge by having it off level.
I'm happy with the device and will install one or something like it in the next trailer if I buy one.
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