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Old 07-14-2014, 11:05 AM   #41
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You are not spoiled, Alf……you are just plain rotten……….
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:05 AM   #42
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No problems with our 4.3 although we haven't traveled in extremely hot weather. I am in Alf's camp, the only thing that has been spoiled is me.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:09 AM   #43
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you are not spoiled, alf……you are just rotten……….
Hi: cpaharley2008...
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:32 AM   #44
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Hi Larry,
We're close with 98 today. We just need that 2 minute afternoon rain shower. Come on down to my test lab.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:32 AM   #45
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So far, our 4.3 has worked well. We camped at Lake Mead on Memorial Day Weekend @ 100 degrees with no hookups and the beer stayed cold. We have not used the freezer except to see if it makes ice and it has. If we happen to buy ice cream, we eat it all with the excuse that "maybe it will melt." We try to shop every 3 days. We travel with the fridge off and the food in a cooler. When we stop, we turn on the fridge & load it up. We try to not overfill. After too many years in a tent with only a cooler, the Dometic is a real step up!
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:36 AM   #46
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First days out with ours and fridge worked fine, I did manage to break one of the plastic door shelves in it though.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:42 AM   #47
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I am currently in the "no issue" camp too.
The 5.0 is parked on the side of the house.
I just got out of the pool with the grandkids.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:13 PM   #48
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First days out with ours and fridge worked fine, I did manage to break one of the plastic door shelves in it though.
This may help, or it may not:
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:57 PM   #49
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I forgot to add that my heater chimney has been extended near the top vent to help prevent heat buildup.
I should have known! I'd like to know more about the chimney extension. Does it connect directly to the exhaust stack? What sort of diameter? Does it bleed any air in around the base to mix with the exhaust on the way up? You can tell I've been thinking about this.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #50
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We have a Dometic 1.9 cu ft fridge in our Escape 13 and this is our fifth season of using it. Generally speaking it has worked well even in hot weather. Tips for getting the most out of a fridge:
  • Precool the fridge before putting food in it
  • Open the door as little as possible
  • Use a cooler with ice for drinks and things that you want to get access to frequently
  • Use an indoor-outdoor thermometer to see the temperature inside rather than opening the door to read a thermometer inside the fridge
  • Use a fan to direct air to the cooling coils on the outside
  • Park the trailer so that the fridge is in the shade or make a shade for the fridge
  • Run on 120 volts if you can, propane when you are dry camping
  • If you plan to use 12 volts while travelling watch the voltage on the battery or monitor the battery state of charge so that you don't run the battery down. Usually we don't bother with 12 volts while travelling -- the fridge keeps cool quite a long time if you don't open the door!
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