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Old 07-14-2014, 04:18 PM   #61
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Hi Parker,
It's not much. Just a trial at this point. I took a large sheet of heavy duty Reynolds aluminum foil and fashioned it loosely around a 4" tube. Then taped and slid it off. I just loosely slid it over the top of the chimney. The Dometic chimney has a baffle inside to help with heat absorption. My thinking was to exhaust this heat out close to my upper side vent. I am not sure if it has helped. Maybe a fraction.
Careful with extending the burner exhaust stack - the vent topper is plastic, which melts/burns, not fiberglass.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:29 PM   #62
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I have had my 21 plugged into house AC for 4 days. The 6.7 fridge has been on and set at 5.. After initial cooling overnight the fridege was readig 34 (lower 90's outside). Today it is 97 and the fridge temp is 40. I have been opening the door to check once or twice a day and the fridge is empty.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:36 PM   #63
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As others have already surmised, the performance appears to be based upon locality causing temperature differentials. But with 49 states and the entire Canadian Provinces which more doubles the land area, I'd say the the problem may only encompass less than 5% of the useable land mass. With acceptable performance in 95% of the known useable area, it can be said that the product works as designed. Perhaps a disclaimer, similar to high altitude labels might be applicable but one may have to accept what you have.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:42 PM   #64
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In hotter weather I'm lucky if it gets down to 50 F.Dometic should be ashamed of themselves , Maybe we need a class action suit and lots of bad publicity . Herb
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:42 PM   #65
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The 4.3 frig in our 2013 Escape 19 has not cooled adequately except when ambient air temps are below 70 degrees F. We have improved the cooling on the average, 7 degrees F. by removing the freezer compartment. It is best to use a well insulated cooler with ice to store perishables, especially meat (fowl). Very disappointed, but this is our first experience with absorption refrigeration and it physical limitations. I think the problem is the lack of ambient air moving across the exterior cooling heat exchanger to displace heat that is absorbed in the refrig box. Physically, higher ambient air temps cannot be overcome to displace heat that is absorbed inside the frig.
I believe the problem is anywhere the ambient air temps are above 70 degrees F. despite the geographic location. It is not a matter of temperature differentials but ambient air temperatures.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:00 PM   #66
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Charlie if you are referring to my upper refrigerator vent, mine was not built with the new style roof vent. This 5.0 SA has a aluminum side vent. But good point for others.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:17 PM   #67
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Wish we were there to join you. Two years ago before we bought your Escape 19 we went to the South Dakota Badlands and the Black Hills. It was an extremely hot summer. We put a chunk of dry ice in our cooler and covered it with ice. It worked very well. We didn't buy ice for 4 days! Have a great time! Rita and Dave
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Charlie if you are referring to my upper refrigerator vent, mine was not built with the new style roof vent. This 5.0 SA has a aluminum side vent. But good point for others.
Maybe that is the cause of your issue, side vs top venting?
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:30 PM   #69
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I have experienced problems with my 4.3 in hot weather and have made numerous tweaks to help the poor cooling situation. I am sensing that the problem is especially noticeable with the 19' model, both refrigerator sizes. I think it starts with the oversized area behind the refrigerator (trailer design issue) that is not to factory specs....hence the baffles added to help. I am looking forward to Reace's baffle instructions.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:39 PM   #70
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Does anybody think the fridge on the "no awning" side like the 5TA, the 21 and the 19 have more issues with cooling then the 17 or the 15 or 13?

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