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Old 06-12-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

Being a seasoned travel trailer traveler, I like to keep my food cold on the road and frequently tow with the refer in propane mode. I've owned 5 campers with propane refrigerators and found that the ones with both vents on the side are prone to having the flame blow out while towing. My last camper had to be modified to prevent this. How many Escapee's have had any problems
with the Dometic 5' refrigerator failing to operate or staying in operation while on propane and being towed? Thanks for your response.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

We've had no problem.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

We tow our 19 with the fridge on propane most of the time, and have never had a problem.
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

Ditto for us - no problems thus far.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

We drive with the propane on and have done so for over 40 000km in all kinds of weather conditions including very strong cross-winds and have never had a problem.

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Old 06-12-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

Same here no problems other than the ferry folk wanting it off during the transit. In a similar vein has any one used the fridge for an extended length of time in the electric mode? Would it make a good beverage fridge when not traveling around the country? Is there any time limit for it being on?

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

Well I hate to be the "naysayer" but I have had the problem of the flame blowing out while driving since I've had the trailer. Of course it could be because my 5 cu ft is the "refer from hell" - so far both the heater & the cooling unit have been replaced (under warranty) and 3 weeks into this trip it no longer runs on electric. It also can't get the temperature under 40°F when the outside temperature is over 90°F. According to the the last Dometic repair, the flame is correctly adjusted...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

No problem with the flame staying lit while traveling but I do believe the seals around the freezer do not seal the unit tight enough thus causing a lot of condensation to drip.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:44 PM   #9
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No problem staying lit, but coming back from Vancouver last summer I could not get it to stay below 50 when traveling. Worked fine when stopped.

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Re: 5 cuft Dometic Fridge 2 way refer

Is there any indicator on the refer that it is operating properly, like a light or signal, similar to the water heater that comes on when there is a problem?
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