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Old 09-26-2014, 02:34 PM   #31
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Reace, Thanks for the update!!
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:13 PM   #32
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Thanks Reace -
Dometic should ship an engineer along with the doors and a suitcase full of cash for the power bill to heat your shop...
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:33 PM   #33
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There are a few things that could cause this problem. FRVTC has free DIY videos at YouTube that offer some troubleshooting and repair tips on the RV refrigerator.
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #34
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Reace Linda and I would like to Thankyou for your efforts . That being said We went camping with hookups July 11-15 the daytime temps were 85-87 , we ran our AC starting in the morning about 11:00am our frig a 4.3 was at 5 the highest and we have a inside little fan at bottom of frig. The temps were reading 41-43 . We have 2remote thermometer on outside , the name is Acu-rite.
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #35
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Forgot we were running on 120
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:44 PM   #36
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New guy here. You can call me Greg. Got on the delivery schedule this week for late Aug 2015 delivery of an Escape 21ft trailer.

I've been reading the posts on this Dometic model RML8555 and trying to absorb/learn as my about this style of refrigerator. Also looked up the info on the E-U Climate Classes and their ambient average temperature range.

From the Ford youtube videos they stress a level unit, ventilation and the correct amount of heat. Anyway has anyone checked the 120v heating element for actual wattage versus nameplate wattage? Even without pulling the refrigerator from the trailer has anyone bypassed the controls and applied 120v directly to the 120v heating element and let the unit run overnight. Per the Ford videos the refrigerator internal temp should be below freezing if the cooling unit is good. Again with level and ventilation good, this should prove whether it is a cooling unit problem versus a control problem.

On the gas side there does not appear to be much information (especially traveling) other than cleaning the burner and centering the flame. Has anyone checked their gas flame color? Also but less probable is a problem with gas pressure. I also doubt there is an issue with the proof of flame.

Thinking out loud and going out on a limb about the Climate Class issue, it does not make sense that Dometic would vary the cooling unit (different part#'s with piping or solution changes) for the same model with different Climate Class. It would just be too expensive to carry different part# cooling unit based on the Climate Class for the same model refrigerator.

What I could see them doing on a particular model is varying the controls based on the Climate Class. I would guess they would not vary the temp sensor in the refrigerator nor the specs on the heating elements but vary the circuit board response to temperature changes inside the refrigerator. My guess for model RML8555 is that it is capable of performing for any of the Climate Classes but the circuit board makes it specific to the Climate Class. Have to see if I'm wrong on this.

Anyway I'm reading, listening and hoping this gets resolved sooner rather than later, especially for everybody already with a trailer and those taking delivery very soon.
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:57 PM   #37
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Forgot to mention another small issue but important that is mentioned in the Ford videos is the P-trap on the condensation drain. Not having a P-trap will lower your refrigerator internal temperature especially while traveling. Ford's wife talks about this in one of their videos.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:42 PM   #38
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Thinking out loud and going out on a limb about the Climate Class issue, it does not make sense that Dometic would vary the cooling unit (different part#'s with piping or solution changes) for the same model with different Climate Class. It would just be too expensive to carry different part# cooling unit based on the Climate Class for the same model refrigerator.

What I could see them doing on a particular model is varying the controls based on the Climate Class. I would guess they would not vary the temp sensor in the refrigerator nor the specs on the heating elements but vary the circuit board response to temperature changes inside the refrigerator. My guess for model RML8555 is that it is capable of performing for any of the Climate Classes but the circuit board makes it specific to the Climate Class.
Why would a manufacturer hobble the performance of their product if it doesn't save them any manufacturing cost, and they are not pushing consumers to a higher-priced alternative model? In this case, what would it gain Dometic to make the RML8555 perform to only a lower climate class?

I do understand turning off features of a product so that the buyer pays more for a premium version, but as I understand Dometic's product catalog and Reace's discussion with Dometic, there is no premium (better climate class) version of the RML8555 offered.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:10 PM   #39
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Brian,

My understanding is that the Climate Class applies to all types of refrigerators manufactured in the European Union, not just where they are sold. This appears to be something dictated by the E-U.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:19 PM   #40
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Man, I have a 17B in the cue for May and all this frig talk is scaring me. I'm thinking an ice chest is starting to sound pretty good. I mean, c'mon, we can put a man on the moon, make incredibly powerful computer-phones that will fit in our pockets, have cars that can drive themselves, and we can't make a decent RV refrigerator that will work when it's over 80 degrees. That just doesn't make sense. I must be missing something
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