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Old 07-13-2014, 12:29 AM   #11
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I have suspected all along that there was no hope for my 5cf model. Many of you have heard me complain while searching for a solution. Mine belongs in an igloo and not in an Escape bound for Texas. For me, 35c is a normal summer day. I have experienced many nights of getting up and checking the fridge temp. We have lost food to spoilage during outings. I have gotten no where with Dometic on the issue. My warranty has expired now and when it totally quits, I'll gut it and convert it to an ice box with a block ice compartment and drain. A dorm fridge would likely fit but then you have lost the flexibility of dry camping or staying in primitive campsites. I placed my order with Fridge Fix yesterday. We will see if that might help. I will likely have no more than an expensive light now. Until the RV nation revolts, everyone will suffer with poor refrigerator performance.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:37 AM   #12
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Dumb question: Could you just retrofit the existing unit to handle an ice block in the freezer (adding a drain or collector) when the temps are high? (Turning the fridge off, of course.) Would it be any different than adding an icebox?

Edited: In re-reading your post, I see that that's what you are planning to do. But could you keep it as a two-way (propane and ice) fridge?
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:37 AM   #13
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I have suspected all along that there was no hope for my 5cf model. Many of you have heard me complain while searching for a solution. Mine belongs in an igloo and not in an Escape bound for Texas. For me, 35c is a normal summer day. I have experienced many nights of getting up and checking the fridge temp. We have lost food to spoilage during outings. I have gotten no where with Dometic on the issue. My warranty has expired now and when it totally quits, I'll gut it and convert it to an ice box with a block ice compartment and drain. A dorm fridge would likely fit but then you have lost the flexibility of dry camping or staying in primitive campsites. I placed my order with Fridge Fix yesterday. We will see if that might help. I will likely have no more than an expensive light now. Until the RV nation revolts, everyone will suffer with poor refrigerator performance.
..not if you have sufficient solar, battery and inverter capacity...just sayin...
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:47 AM   #14
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Some states one could pull a pup trailer behind the main trailer. Could put a 21 cf fridge in that...........think of the added closet space in the Escape!
Point taken....lol. That'd look pretty silly. But, there are several ad/dc fridges that would take up no more space than their absorption counterparts -- and even fit in the same enclosure. I freely admit I don't know all the pitfalls, but it is still an interesting discussion.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:51 AM   #15
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I was at the State Park in Morro Bay camping last year and saw a full size refrigerator sitting outside the entrance door of a 30' motorhome. I was just itching to take a look inside but gave it a pass...so someone is doing it already.
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I think that begs the question, at what point do you cross the line between camping and merely attaching wheels to your home, with no intention of ever moving it?
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:34 AM   #17
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I think that begs the question, at what point do you cross the line between camping and merely attaching wheels to your home, with no intention of ever moving it?
Agreed. I think I steered this thread off topic. It might be worth starting one to discuss the viability of ac/dc vs absorption, but it has nothing to do with baffles.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:59 AM   #18
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RV Formco still manufactures rv iceboxes. About $175.00. Once upon a time that was your only option in a RV. It's a big step backwards in technology. A lot of hassle and the cost of ice adds up on a long outing. It does give you a handy place to keep some food inside instead of just ice chests outside. At this point, I am not willing to spend $2500 or so on an AC unit, solar panels, inverter, batteries, and tow it down the road. Replacing a poor Dometic with another poor Dometic does appeal to me either.
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I have suspected all along that there was no hope for my 5cf model. Many of you have heard me complain while searching for a solution. Mine belongs in an igloo and not in an Escape bound for Texas. For me, 35c is a normal summer day. I have experienced many nights of getting up and checking the fridge temp. We have lost food to spoilage during outings. I have gotten no where with Dometic on the issue. My warranty has expired now and when it totally quits, I'll gut it and convert it to an ice box with a block ice compartment and drain. A dorm fridge would likely fit but then you have lost the flexibility of dry camping or staying in primitive campsites. I placed my order with Fridge Fix yesterday. We will see if that might help. I will likely have no more than an expensive light now. Until the RV nation revolts, everyone will suffer with poor refrigerator performance.
Sorry to hear about all the woes. I've got the little one that came with my 17B and have had no problems. However, I have also used mine as an icebox with a block of ice in a plastic dishpan so it can be dumped when the ice melts. Just a thought.
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At this point, I am not willing to spend $2500 or so on an AC unit, solar panels, inverter, batteries, and tow it down the road. Replacing a poor Dometic with another poor Dometic does appeal to me either.
I hear you Dave. In our case, we're getting the A/C, 6V batts and prewired solar as part of the build. Later we may have the option to go with ac/dc, but for now we'll stick with the absorption fridge and hope for the best.
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