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Old 03-18-2015, 04:16 PM   #11
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Excellent catch Bob, OP didn't mention and I assumed it was the one door unit (again).

I was also hoping for better results from the two door Dometic.
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Bummer, was hoping for better with the 2 door fridge.

Indeed not the news we were all hoping to hear. If true it pretty sad that Dometic hasn't been able fix the problem.

Just out of curiosity has anyone that has talked to Dometic been told what the issue is or if there is a solution.


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I don't see where Jeff and Karen has indicated that he has new two-door or old single door. Maybe comments are premature without this info?
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:52 PM   #13
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My refrigerator is the new 2 door model.

Again, I don't want to be too premature about drawing a conclusion. Reace suggested (wisely) that the propane regulator may need adjustment. I'm having it checked and adjusted in a couple of days, and I'll test it in Southern California in two weeks. It's possible that adjustment will make a significant difference. We'll see. I'll report back.

My question was more focused on any experiences members of this forum have had with using portable AC/DC refrigerators to fill in when traveling or camping in weather that exceeds the maximum temperatures their refrigerators were designed for. Since I'm sorta lusting for an Engel (and considering what Engel's cost), I want to be sure I'm making the right decision before I hit BUY on Amazon.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:13 PM   #14
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The Waeco mentioned by NJ Joe has very good reviews, is that the one you're looking at? Keep in mind it uses 4A.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:29 PM   #15
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Actually, I'm looking at the Engel 45.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:41 PM   #16
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Engel units are quite nice, seem to be very popular with the off-roading 4x4 folks. I saw one installed into what had been the back seat area of a very seriously "built" off-road Tacoma a couple of years ago.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:51 PM   #17
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We've got a Yeti Tundra. Great cooler -- keeps beer and ice for days. Haven't tried it in extreme heat, but I think it would perform well.

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I had one a few years back, that was also propane...
That would be an absorption-cycle refrigerator, just like the Dometic in an Escape, but in a different box.

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Back to the 12V portable cooler, my recollection of discussion over on FGRV is that these are only capable of cooling X degrees below ambient ( think X was 40 degrees F ). So, when it's 89F outside it will be 49F in the cooler. It will also be chewing up your battery trying to do that inadequate job.
That is probably a reference to thermoelectric (or Peltier-effect) coolers, which are usually not useful replacements for a refrigerator, and are not very efficient.

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I installed a Norcold AC/DC compressor fridge...
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I have been using the Dometic (Waeco) CF 35 ...
These two are compressor-based refrigerators - that is the efficient alternative to absorption which is proven to perform in hot conditions.


"AC/DC" just specifies the types of power sources which can be used, and all three of these types of refrigeration device are available to run on AC and/or DC power.
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Certainly looks like it'll the job, as you mentioned, pricey, but you might just get what you pay for. Gets good reviews. The only ones I'm familiar are the little $100 12v jobs for inside the car, they work like Glen mentions. This is a much more serious unit.
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You could try putting four or five gel freezer packs in the freezer overnight. They should freeze well. Then put them into the crisper and into something else in the main compartment during the day to help keep the temperature up. Then back into the freezer at night.

Have we seen photos of your Escape and its refrigerator?

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I'm considering buying a portable AC/DC refrigerator. I need your advice.

The refrigerator in my new 21 works pretty well, but it's still an SN-rated refrigerator designed to work satisfactorly up to an ambient temperature of about 89F (if I understand these things correctly). I just spent two days traveling down California and across Arizona with outside temperatures in the low to mid 90's, and the best the refrigerator could do, running on propane, was maintain a temperature of 43F or higher. That's not low enough.

The propane regulator may need adjustment, but I'm starting to think that the design limitations of these specific climate-rated absorption-model refrigerators make it unreasonable to expect them to work acceptably in ambient temperatures above 89F.

Sooooo, i'm considering the purchase of an AC/DC portable refrigerator to provide refrigeration backup while traveling and camping during warm summer months. On the one hand, I don't want to spend the considerable amount of money or have one more thing to haul around, but on the other hand I don't want to throw away perishable food like I did a couple of days ago.

Have any of you bought a portable AC/DC refrigerator for this reason? What has been your experience?

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