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Old 06-14-2016, 04:52 PM   #61
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I don't even try to get my beer cold in the fridge, I always keep it on ice in the cooler. After all, this is camping in my view. One thing that helps is to start your fridge the night before leaving, and then put in your frozen and chilled items before departing the next day. This has served us well.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:05 PM   #62
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We rented an RV and drove around Nova Scotia for three weeks. The fridge used propane or electric and we never had one of the problems I've seen here. No broken shelves. No warm beer. No need for a cooler and block of ice. And believe me, the roads in Nova Scotia were in need of as much tender loving infrastructure money as any I've been on.

I get that I'm camping. Been doing it in a tent for years. I just didn't realize that with all the advances in technology / engineering, refrigerators in trailers had somehow been overlooked! LOL.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:10 PM   #63
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The fridge in your rented RV was most likely Dometic, just like the ones discussed here.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:14 PM   #64
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I guess I'll just hang onto the 3 Coleman coolers we have then! :-). Can't have warm beer!
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:20 PM   #65
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We rented an RV and drove around Nova Scotia for three weeks. The fridge used propane or electric and we never had one of the problems I've seen here. No broken shelves. No warm beer. No need for a cooler and block of ice. And believe me, the roads in Nova Scotia were in need of as much tender loving infrastructure money as any I've been on.

I get that I'm camping. Been doing it in a tent for years. I just didn't realize that with all the advances in technology / engineering, refrigerators in trailers had somehow been overlooked! LOL.

Refrigerators in large units are like the ones at home and such units are usually plugged in. Small trailers are probably used much more for boondocking and may not be plugged in, therefore, a different kind of refrigerator is usually used which is absorption. They do not generally work up to the temperatures of a home version.

Smaller trailers also are likely moved more, and to more remote locations and roads. It makes sense to remove or completely secure liquid items.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:23 PM   #66
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The fridge in your rented RV was most likely Dometic, just like the ones discussed here.
Yes, and, by the way again just in case I have not said it enough, I love our two-door which was the "new" one less than a year ago. Everyone does not have refrigerator problems. Now they are on to another brand, I guess.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:25 PM   #67
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The 2017 fridge will be better matched to warm/hot summer camping. The demo at the rally had a massively improved latching system as well (imho).
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One of the reasons you are allowed to walk around in a Class B motor home while under power is the fact that it is fairly stable. One of the reasons you are not allowed in a travel trailer is it is not fairly stable.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:40 PM   #69
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Where are the pictures Bruce
http://www.dometic.com/ProductImages...4f4f2deaa6.jpg

Until Laura takes her new round of pics, here you go. Note I just grabbed that one, not sure if its the Escape model.


I do remember the latch being waaaay better than the classic SN fridges. No half closed doors likely with 2017 fridges. Someone will no doubt explain better, but its like a double latch walk in freezer type to me.
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Wow, I have to confess that reading this thread and others like it I am not getting a warm fuzzy about the refrigerator in an Escape trailer.
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Are all these cases the exception or the rule? Because if they're the rule, I'm not sure I see value in having the fridge at all.
Unfortunately, the feeling is too warm, the contents get fuzzy, and it's not just Escape.

They're the exception, but not rare. Traditional RV refrigerators are great because they can run on propane; that's their only redeeming characteristic, but it's important and I'm sure that the vast majority of people with RV experience find overcoming the issues to be worthwhile. RV refrigerators are expensive, and they have many problems, but that's just part of the challenge of combining a house and a vehicle.

The big thing specific to Escape about these issues has been that the classic Escape door has turned out to be a bit too narrow for the available selection of refrigerators, limiting Escape's ability to change to a better-working model. The new "2017" body style means a new door, and that has been taken as an opportunity to go a bit wider and allow a more desirable model of refrigerator to be installed.
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