Sorry, gocamp, we stopped looking at the Escape Forum for the most part, and I didn't see your question. Our 5 cf refrigerator never died as such, but we continued to have the same problem that started from day one, which was that it wouldn't cool while we were driving at highway speeds. Multiple trips to two different Dometic service reps did no good whatsoever. Our frustration mounted and mounted over the course of our 29 months of ownership.
But at long last, we think we have found and solved the problem! Inspired by some of the banter here about the issues with the bigger fridges that Escape now is installing, we came up with a new theory regarding ours, a new test, and an easy fix. In short, we discovered that warm air was being drawn into the inside of the refrigerator box through the back of the refrigerator when the trailer was in motion. This was happening behind the finned cooling plate where there was totally inadequate sealing by Dometic.
We are not quite ready to rejoice and declare our issue officially solved, but we are seeing evidence that it may be. After we return home from our current trip we'll have enough observations to be ready to post more details.
Glad you have enjoyed our blog. I've fallen off the wagon in making posts there, but we continue to travel a lot with our sweet little Escape.
2012 Escape 19 towed by 2012 Ford Flex
See lots more about our Escape at http://kibitka.blogspot.com/