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Old 08-23-2012, 01:26 PM   #41
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Back to the drawing board...maybe just a piece of screen, metal not plastic?
This possibility of using screen had occurred to us, too. We did a calculation that indicates a common screen reduces the area of an opening by about 37%.

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #42
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

After all the wondering about whether our flame was blowing out on the road, that appears to NOT be the problem at all. We did a road test up to 60 mph with me riding inside the Escape so I could watch the yellow ignition light. It never flashed.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:01 PM   #43
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After all the wondering about whether our flame was blowing out on the road, that appears to NOT be the problem at all. We did a road test up to 60 mph with me riding inside the Escape so I could watch the yellow ignition light. It never flashed.
Not to change the subject but how does it ride back there.
Does it bounce or rattle much.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #44
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I put remote thermometers in the frig and freezer. 2 F in the freezer, 44 in the empty box, 68 in the RV. I would have thought the box should be colder. I guess that explains the 58+ I had driving back from Oregon in July. Any ideas?

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Old 08-25-2012, 09:41 AM   #45
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

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I put remote thermometers in the frig and freezer. 2 F in the freezer, 44 in the empty box, 68 in the RV. I would have thought the box should be colder. I guess that explains the 58+ I had driving back from Oregon in July. Any ideas?

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Dick by "empty box" do you mean the main frig was empty? If so, I believe it is harder to maintain cool in the frig when it is empty then when it is full of cold food. The cold food helps mitigate temp changes, whereas just air inside can change much more rapidly. Maybe try the same experiment with the frig full.

As side note, when we are getting ready to go on a trip, I put a bunch of frozen water containers in the frig when I turn it on and it helps get it cold in there much faster.

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:40 PM   #46
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After all the wondering about whether our flame was blowing out on the road, that appears to NOT be the problem at all. We did a road test up to 60 mph with me riding inside the Escape so I could watch the yellow ignition light. It never flashed.
Not to change the subject but how does it ride back there.
Does it bounce or rattle much.
Hee hee. I am not surprised to get this question! I was sitting on several layers of folded blanket on the floor, leaning into the corner against the kitchen cabinets and the end of the bed with no padding on my back. I thought the ride was not half bad. There was ongoing rattling of dishes, but overall, I thought the ride was not too noisy and not too jarring, except over a portion of road that I later learned was quite bumpy even in the car. I did not want to get nauseated, which happens easily with me, so I locked my view onto that yellow light location, only turning my head forward twice. Then I was surprised to see that the inside face of the front window cover acted like a large rear view mirror and I could see the reflection of traffic approaching from the rear. More than one semi passed on our left, and I felt no buffeting from them. I also noticed no wind noise, so I guess the Escape 19 aerodynamics are pretty good.

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I put remote thermometers in the frig and freezer. 2 F in the freezer, 44 in the empty box, 68 in the RV. I would have thought the box should be colder. I guess that explains the 58+ I had driving back from Oregon in July. Any ideas?

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Was the 44 degrees while sitting still before the drive, and the 58+ immediately after highway miles? Was it really hot outside? --Liz & Jay

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This article about flame blow out is very interesting: http://www.rvmobile.com/tech/trouble/blowout.htm

Here are a couple of quotes worth noting --

"One common, but not good, practice for solving a blow out problem is placing a furnace air filter over the louvered access door at the rear of the refrigerator. Don't. This can dramatically limit the air flow for the cooling unit and may eventually damage it."

"The ideal solution is just the right baffle(s) in just the right place, because although your intentions are to prevent a flame from blowing out, you're also tampering with the venting system for the refrigerator which could lead to more serious and costly problems with a bad cooling unit."
I'm not sure I agree with the RV Mobile point - Dometic sells (well, if you email them complaining about the flame blowing out they mail it to you free) a kit includes baffles that blocks off at least 50% of the lower air intake. Unfortunately, I couldn't use it since Escape uses a different lower grill from the one the kit is designed for. In any case, the filter I use blocks far less than 50% and seems to help, although not completely.

I also use a small fan inside the refrigerator, and, when it is over 90F out, a 12V computer fan attached inside the top grill to help with air movement.

Over the last week or so, with 90F - 100F days & 70F nights & the thermostat set on 7, the freezer gets up to around 2F during the late afternoon & goes down to -7F by morning. The refrigerator lower door (what I've found to be the warmest part of the inside) gets to the mid 40Fs during the afternoon (while driving), and after stopping, down to the low 40F. By most mornings, it is around 36F. When the outside temperatures are more moderate, say in the 60Fs, the refrigerator temperature doesn't go above 34F with the thermostat set on 4.

One other point - the refrigerator doesn't start to do much cooling from the afternoon highs until the freezer temperature drops below 0F...
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:14 PM   #49
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I put remote thermometers in the frig and freezer. 2 F in the freezer, 44 in the empty box, 68 in the RV. I would have thought the box should be colder. I guess that explains the 58+ I had driving back from Oregon in July. Any ideas?

Dick
Was the 44 degrees while sitting still before the drive, and the 58+ immediately after highway miles? Was it really hot outside? --Liz & Jay
The 58 was after driving in 98 degrees. The 44 was this morning about 8 AM sitting in the carport with an empty refrigerator. On the road the freezer was getting up to about 18 in about 8 hours of driving.
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Re: Refrigerator not cooling on the road

One additional point - if I leave my MaxFan on with the windows closed (I've done it a couple of times by accident) while driving, the refrigerator temperature gets much higher than with it off. I suspect the vacuum created by the fan sucks air around the door seals...
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