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Old 03-04-2017, 07:17 AM   #1
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Hows the refrig in the new 2017 21' doing?

Before I plan a long camping trip including some boondocking on my long journey home from Chilliwack I am wondering what others are experiencing with the new refrigerator and freezer in the 21' 2017s. Any advice?
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:31 AM   #2
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I have had no issue with the RM2554 cooling, yet. It has only been on while less than 80 degrees. Will let you know when I venture out in hot weather on way to Osoyoos.
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:54 AM   #3
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At the setting 3 (1-5, 5 being coldest) and on 120v, the refrigerator is holding 38 deg. and the freezer is holding 14 deg. That is with 80 deg, outside temps. If I set the fridge colder (4 or 5), it will begin to freeze stuff in the refrigerator.

If I run it on propane, it gets a little colder on setting 3 but still doesn't freeze the lettuce in the refrigerator. 12v - the ice cream will melt in the freezer.

So, if you are in a place with 120v, it works fine on electric. If boondocking or traveling, I would run it on propane. If you can't run propane while traveling, 12v works but it is only a matter of time before everything in the freezer melts.

I use this to monitor temps:

https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-00986.../dp/B004QJVU78

The remote will pick up the temps from my TV. It's great to be assured that the freezer/fridge is still good while traveling. Just be sure to use lithium batteries - the alkaline's stop working at freezer temps.
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Old 03-04-2017, 11:15 AM   #4
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At the setting 3 (1-5, 5 being coldest) and on 120v, the refrigerator is holding 38 deg. and the freezer is holding 14 deg. That is with 80 deg, outside temps. If I set the fridge colder (4 or 5), it will begin to freeze stuff in the refrigerator.

If I run it on propane, it gets a little colder on setting 3 but still doesn't freeze the lettuce in the refrigerator. 12v - the ice cream will melt in the freezer.

So, if you are in a place with 120v, it works fine on electric. If boondocking or traveling, I would run it on propane. If you can't run propane while traveling, 12v works but it is only a matter of time before everything in the freezer melts.

I use this to monitor temps:

https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-00986.../dp/B004QJVU78

The remote will pick up the temps from my TV. It's great to be assured that the freezer/fridge is still good while traveling. Just be sure to use lithium batteries - the alkaline's stop working at freezer temps.
we have the same remote monitor system - love it.

yes, needs lithium batteries indeed.

and.... we have a 2017 21' - fridge freezer is great so far.
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Old 03-04-2017, 11:26 AM   #5
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So, if you are in a place with 120v, it works fine on electric. If boondocking or traveling, I would run it on propane. If you can't run propane while traveling, 12v works but it is only a matter of time before everything in the freezer melts.
That's interesting. In my current double-door RMD8555 the problem is with the fridge when the trailer is being towed; the freezer compartment works fine, even on 12V. The freezer was always okay in the original single-door fridge as well. These things are weird.
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We have that same accutemp wireless and use the lithium batteries. It's ok most of the time, but I've learned not to totally trust it. It will go off on it's own adventure sometimes and you have to take all the batteries out and let it clear, put them back in then it seems to get back to normal. I think sometimes the folks using this gauge think it's the fridge acting up when it's really the gauge and sensors.
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We have that same accutemp wireless and use the lithium batteries. It's ok most of the time, but I've learned not to totally trust it. It will go off on it's own adventure sometimes and you have to take all the batteries out and let it clear, put them back in then it seems to get back to normal. I think sometimes the folks using this gauge think it's the fridge acting up when it's really the gauge and sensors.
I've had much the same problems with this monitor. I have to use a pin in the reset hole in the back of the receiver to get it back on track.
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Another reason to use a back up system, to verify your readings. I like Alf's manual model
https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Precis...or+thermometer
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Before I plan a long camping trip including some boondocking on my long journey home from Chilliwack I am wondering what others are experiencing with the new refrigerator and freezer in the 21' 2017s. Any advice?
Nancy, so far we have had no problems with the frig or freezer at the 3 setting.
On this last trip to Quartz temps where between 60 and 70 some days overcast and others clear and brite. I positioned the trailer facing north to take advantage of the Suns East to West low southern horizon (roof on 5.0 slope towards the back). So we are having are lunch in the dinette when I here this a slight humming noise coming from the frig area, up until then I had never heard this noise. After further investigating discovered it was the external frig fan kicking in but frig temp remained perfect. I know the real test will be coming in a few months but its good to know the external frig fan kicks in.
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Tin, Do you have the optional fan option, if so there is a switch in the refer compartment that can be used to turn on/off the fan if need be.
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