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Old 10-03-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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What can you find out about RMV 8555 and the 'new' X20 Cooling Unit??

I got a call from a very reliable source that told me due to environmental regulations we find only the RML8555 in climate class S/N available in the US and Canada.

In the UK (and maybe other countries) a RMV8555 is available with the 'new' X20 cooling unit. It comes in 38 and 43 degree Celsius models.

The person said - An RMV8555 may(?) not be 'legally' brought into the US at this time by a dealer but 'if you could get one' and install it yourself ....

Can any of you verify this and find out the price and availability of a RMV8555 and/or an X20 cooling unit?

Now I am trying to find a company that might replace my 'failed' RML8555 cooling unit with an X20 unit ....

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Old 10-04-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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Spent some time searching on "caravan refrigerators" to get to European RV parts suppliers and dealers and searched on anything else I could think of. Didn't find any reference to a model starting with RMV or of an X20 cooling unit.

At least I now know the model RMS, which has a step in the back, is just for trailer/motorhome wheel well clearance.
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:29 AM   #3
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I think I'll just ask Santa for a new refrigerator and leave some warm (rancid) milk so he'll get the idea? The 6.7 would work great at the North Pole so maybe the Claus' family won't understand?

Double checking my notes after finding nothing too, the info is what I think I heard .... lol
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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I was wondering about that - if your source was saying RMD and you were hearing RMV. However, I doubt that you have misheard x20, but still cannot find mention of that.

Hopefully this will eventually get sorted out.

Understand my trailer delivery is late Aug 2015 and I don't have a propane frig to try and troubleshoot.
Probably 1st thing I'd do is test the 120v heat element. Remove it and get its nameplate wattage then run 120v directly to it. Multiply actual AC voltage and actual amps to get actual watts. Actual watts should be within +-10%of nameplate (youtube videos, FRVTS no1 and no2)

Those videos also show applying 120v directly to the installed 120v heating element (bypassing controls) and running the unit overnight.

Also wondering about gas flame being blown out. Would probably try and test unit with a fan and/or compressed air hose to see what the lower vent area will withstand. Video and photos show those as fairly well baffled/protected.

The top vent cap seems to be the only protection against a downward gust or blast of air and maybe that is how the gas flame is getting blown out. I wonder about installing a small secondary cap just at the top of the flue. I'm saying this because chimneys in canyon lands see large wind gusts and get quite elaborate (not standard caps) to keep smoke from being blown downward.

Again, I do hope all these issues get sorted out.
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