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Old 06-10-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Another Refrigerator Solution

For the past two years we have been plagued with a refrigerator issue. Our unit refused to keep things cold while driving. Since Wisconsin is not known for hot temperatures we never had a good test of behavior over 90 degrees F, so that other refrigerator foible did not affect us.

We tried everything posted here on the site. I remember the dollar bill test, filling gaps in the door, fiddling with the thermistor, the list goes on. Our local RV dealer installed a flame guard provided by Dometic around the burner and we tried sealing the outside vent with a piece of closed cell foam. Oh, I might add playing with the rooftop vent and having a gas line pressure test. It appears that the flame would go out when driving, but who would know for sure. We even resorted to having the new double door unit installed under the warranty program.

We were out of ideas.

Well the solution has been found. A two day drive covering 800 miles and our refrigerator performed admirably. We can monitor temperatures while driving and have a new monitoring system that graphs the temperatures, it was easy to see how the temperatures were remaining steady.

The solution was a new pressure regulator on the propane tanks. We never had an iota of problems with the regulator but after reading about the number of issues others were having with lock ups, failure to transfer between tanks and how many people were carrying a spare,; it was time for a change. It worked.

So, if you are having related refrigerator issues, evaluate making a change to that regulator.
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:06 PM   #2
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We've had similar issues, however this last trip we saw temps up to 45 degrees when starting out in mid 80's outside temps. Hearing occasional screeching from under the propane cover and seeing somewhat yellowish flame on the stove I thought I would use my spare regulator and new hoses. Although I saw the stove flame be almost all blue it didn't work miracles for the fridge and we still saw 42 temps.

We arrived at Escape two weeks later for a service appt. and mentioned the above to Reace and asked that they better seal the top of the fridge as I could see through a 1/8" gap into the compartment and see daylight. He said they would have to pull the unit to do so. Imagine my surprise when later that afternoon he showed me a picture of the rear baffle with a sizable black scorch mark because the baffle wasn't adjusted to allow for the slightly larger RMD8555. The top seal at the rear of the fridge also hadn't been reinstalled potentially allowing exhaust gases into the cabin. After that the fridge seemed to cool better- 40, then we noticed some frozen lettuce. For the next three weeks it was 38-40 and that we can live with. On sunny days we run it on DC while traveling- we have solar.

These fridges are finicky we all know, and believe that as with a lot of problems it may be a combination of things that are often responsible. Glad it was simple for you Paul.
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:16 PM   #3
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Wow, I wonder if a fiberglass liner would not be a better substitute and safer??
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:27 PM   #4
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Somehow that makes me even happier that I replaced the wood baffle with an aluminum one.

Good to know about the regulator. Ours, with the modified venting etc., works well in all situations except in cross winds blowing directly at the fridge side. I don't think the flame is extinguished but a strong cool wind directly at the grill seems to be enough to lower the efficiency of the amount of heat generated.

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Paul & Janet,

We agree with your experience. We installed a new Marshall Excelsior regulator and new lines. The frig is definitely running better. Very glad we did that.

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Paul, what did you use for a new regulator, brand, model?
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If you are under warranty still and have the regulator that has the flag window they seem to have water in them quite often. Ours had water in it when we left the factory and it prevented changeover. I've also noticed pics here of that model where you can see water in it. Even if you're out of warranty if there is visible water in the flag window you'll definitely need to replace it.
Reace sent me a different type with the round indicator on top and it has been solid.
This could definitely affect all propane appliance performance as well.
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If you are under warranty still and have the regulator that has the flag window they seem to have water in them quite often. Ours had water in it when we left the factory and it prevented changeover. I've also noticed pics here of that model where you can see water in it. Even if you're out of warranty if there is visible water in the flag window you'll definitely need to replace it.
Reace sent me a different type with the round indicator on top and it has been solid.
This could definitely affect all propane appliance performance as well.
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for future any info ,on the replaced regulator , pics or name . Inquiring minds want to know . Pat
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Here ya go, Pat.
This is the replacement ETI sent. Much beefier with the round indicator on top. The old one had a round window in front with red and green markers in a circle. You could see the water drops in the window.
The markings on the replacement are: Marshall Excelsior
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Imagine my surprise when later that afternoon he showed me a picture of the rear baffle with a sizable black scorch mark because the baffle wasn't adjusted to allow for the slightly larger RMD8555. The top seal at the rear of the fridge also hadn't been reinstalled potentially allowing exhaust gases into the cabin.
Woah! That is a wee bit (after the fact) scary. Glad nothing happened, and they were able to correct it, and leave you with a fridge that performs better.
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