Originally Posted by Donna D.
Block ice is kinda my thoughts. Crap... I've done the cooler thing for years, if I need to do the same kinda thing a month or two out of 12 months and everything else is perfect... I can do it! A refer not working like my sticks 'n brick gigantic home unit.... so what? YMMV
That don't work for everyone. That might be Ok for someone living in the Northwest or Canada but when you live in the south hauling ice and coolers is not going to cut it. We camp 9-10 months a year. The answer is not to just carry a cooler. I have not carried a cooler since I moved up from tents to campers 20 years ago. I dont even own a cooler and dont want one. Also not everyone has room to haul coolers.
I have never had problems with fridges like this in 20 years of camping in campers where you have do mods just to try to keep the fridge cool. Yes I know its all over the forums and internet about fridge problems but half those people don't know how to use an absorption fridge anyway.
Bottom line is Dometic blew it on this 8 series. Thank goodness for Reace pushing them to get something resolved or we would be sitting here trying to fight them on a one on one basis.
I know a bit about refrigeration as I have been in the trade 40 years and worked for a company in my younger days that was a certified Dometic and Norcold dealer working on boats in So. Florida. If you can make them cool in So. Florida you can make them cool in Tennessee or Texas if they are designed to do it.
I will get off my soapbox now but when when you have pulled the fridge several times working on it, have over 50 hours invested in it, and spent a small fortune on mods trying different things because Dometic is useless for help, sometimes you get tired of being told its all good and to just carry a cooler.
Again, Thanks goodness for Reace's help!!