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Old 07-07-2014, 10:32 AM   #101
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On and off has nothing to do with Texas or ambient temperature. The fan is controlled by the temperature of the refrigerator coolant system. It is possible under a light load for the refrigerator to be cooling without the "Texas fan" running.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:10 PM   #102
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That's a relief , its a long drive to Texas for us . Besides it can still
Get pretty hot here so we are getting the Texas fan option on our 21
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:45 PM   #103
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I've just emailed the Fridge Fix folks to add my name to the list. We just got back from a trip with a newly installed "Texas Fan" kit retrofitted by a local company according to Reace's instructions. While stationary, the fridge did reasonably well. With temps in the mid 80s, it seldom got above 40 in the fridge, running on LP or 120V. As soon as we departed and towed during a day in the upper 80s, the fridge temp climbed right up to 47 degrees for several hours. Out goes another jar of mayo and some other things. The newly installed fan was running (as was the portable fan inside the fridge), and LP pressure was 11 1/4 inches at the time. I'm not at all convinced that the Fridge Fix fan is the solution, but it's worth trying, I guess.

I am increasingly disappointed that all of us are out here wandering around on our own looking for solutions to this common problem. I guess it's just accepted that RV fridges are poor performers in anything other than cool ambient temperatures. Loyal Escape supporters may be offended by this comment, but for a $30,000 investment, I expected something a little better in the way of factory support and leadership toward resolving this issue. If, as I have heard, ETI is working with Dometic on some of these issues, what has been learned? Are the installations, like ours, with large clearances between the cooling coils and rear wall acceptable? Is it simply an issue with these Dometic fridges? If so, with so many of us having trouble, can we collectively appeal to Dometic? Don't get me wrong, we would definitely buy another Escape, but that does not lessen the disappointment with the current situation.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:16 PM   #104
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Wish I had checked the temps in the fridge of my old trailer, seemed like it worked fine for 8 years but I really never checked. Could be that we just have too much info now.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:45 PM   #105
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May I suggest getting your refrigerator temperature as low as 27-30 degrees overnight and in the morning. And set it on a high number during the day. It is hard to recover in daily warm temperatures once you've let it get away from you.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:04 PM   #106
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May I suggest getting your refrigerator temperature as low as 27-30 degrees overnight and in the morning. And set it on a high number during the day. It is hard to recover in daily warm temperatures once you've let it get away from you.
We do that as a matter of routine. We get it as cold as possible overnight, which helps carry it through the next day. We almost always have it on the highest possible setting unless it's pretty cool outside for an extended period. And you're right....after the temp rises, it takes a long time, like overnight almost, to get it back again.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:30 PM   #107
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Out goes another jar of mayo and some other things. The newly installed fan was running (as was the portable fan inside the fridge), and LP pressure was 11 1/4 inches at the time. I'm not at all convinced that the Fridge Fix fan is the solution, but it's worth trying, I guess.

I am increasingly disappointed that all of us are out here wandering around on our own looking for solutions to this common problem. I guess it's just accepted that RV fridges are poor performers in anything other than cool ambient temperatures. Loyal Escape supporters may be offended by this comment, but for a $30,000 investment, I expected something a little better in



These Dometic refers are the same installed in $80k Airstreams, so it is not the $$ but the nature of the beast. I'm happy my beer is cold, it tastes a lot better than mayonnaise!!
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #108
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Has anyone installed this? Seems like a great idea. I have solar powered roof vents on my house and they work great.

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #109
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They seem to get very mixed reviews on Amazon. One thing that intrigues me about the basic design is that the cover comes all the way down to the roof on the forward side. I've often wondered if turbulence around the standard Dometic vent cap is detracting from the venting process while underway. I'm tempted to try a little white duct tape to seal off the front end of the cap on one of our upcoming trips just in case air is blowing in there while driving.
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They seem to get very mixed reviews on Amazon. One thing that intrigues me about the basic design is that the cover comes all the way down to the roof on the forward side. I've often wondered if turbulence around the standard Dometic vent cap is detracting from the venting process while underway. I'm tempted to try a little white duct tape to seal off the front end of the cap on one of our upcoming trips just in case air is blowing in there while driving.
I've ordered one to take with when I go up to ETI next week - I'll see if it fits on the 21. That same tapered front acting as a deflector entered my mind, too.
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