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Old 01-18-2015, 10:28 AM   #15
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Lots of good comments and considerations. For starters I think we will bring along an extra ice cooler too.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:19 PM   #16
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Never felt the need to carry a cooler till I bought the Escape. The fridge has a tendency to get warm just when needed the most. Take a 20 Qt cooler along to move the foods that can go bad to as needed. Works well as a day travel cooler, just need to keep an eye on the ice.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:03 PM   #17
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funny, Bob, most of the comments I have read re: Escape fridges are positive...looks like you aren't having such luck with yours.

as to us--we take a cooler for drinks and keep, like Dave says, stuff in it as well that swms well.
the Outback has a small 12v fridge so we try to keep the door-opening to a bare minimum to help it last longer when we're boondocking.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:24 PM   #18
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funny, Bob, most of the comments I have read re: Escape fridges are positive...looks like you aren't having such luck with yours.

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My understanding is it is one (well known brand) model of fridge that Escape used that some are having issues with in hot weather and Escape has been talking/working with the manufacture of the fridge to try and resolve it.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #19
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Might help others if the name and model of the "Well known Fridge" that is problematic in Escapes was posted in case there are others having similar difficulties. That is unless is has been determined that it is an installation rather than an operational problem ???
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:49 PM   #20
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It's Dometic 6.7 cu.ft. and Dometic is solving the problem. Has been determined that it is not installation issue and numerous attempts by owners to re-engineer the fridge with fans and holes in the freezer compartment have come to naught.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:10 PM   #21
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I own an oldy-but-goody Scamp. Years ago, someone mentioned that an all-molded-towable was an earthquake going down the road. That makes sense. The interior of the 3-way of my Scamp is pristine. Over the years I've read threads where folks want to "fix" broken plastic in their frigs. Makes sense... cans, bottle, gallon jugs of milk are LEAPING as you go down the road. Yes, you can fix the cracks... but it will never be the same. So, all my fresh food is in a cooler with a block of ice under tow. When I get where I'm going and get the frig down to temperature... food moves from cooler to frig "but not before." YMMV
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:13 PM   #22
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Frig problems for cooling? Just pay attention, it's not a Casita issue or Escape issue or some gazillion dollar moho problem... it's a Dometic issue.
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Have to say that's the first Dometic I have heard of that had a Dometic related cooling problem. Mine have all tended to freeze the wrong stuff.


And I have the opposite tact. I pack the refrigerator full with food and frozen 1 liter water bottles so nothing can bounce around. I pre-cool for 24 hours and leave it on LP when underway. Has worked great for me since Hector was but a pup.
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We always carry and use a cooler with lots of ice for drinks. It stays outside the camper and all canned or bottled drinks ( except milk ) are kept in it. Two reasons...keeps traffic down inside camper,we spend most of our time outside anyway....The less the fridge is opened the less cold air gets out and the food stays colder.
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Have to say that's the first Dometic I have heard of that had a Dometic related cooling problem. Mine have all tended to freeze the wrong stuff.


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ROFL apparently you have missed the hundred of threads here regarding getting some of the Dometic fridges to stay cool in hot weather and all the creative ways people have tried to deal with it. Bubble wrap the fridge, fans in the rear.... any of that sound familiar?
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Nope, I didn't miss them at all.


As I recall, most of those problems involved units that may well have been around long enough to have been run out of level by current or previous owners, thus compromising their cooling circuits.


I have personally owned more than 10 RV's with Dometic units and only two of them had problems, one had a rusted through cooling loop and the other was so badly clogged that the cooling circuit had to be replaced. The one I took out of my Hunter still worked great at 40+ years of age and the slightly larger one I replaced it with was already 10 years old, was salvaged out of a wrecked Scamper Camper, and it freezes milk if left alone in 75 degree weather.


Yes, I have replaced a number of failed parts in Dometic refrigerators, and they are never cheap, but I can't say that I have ever before heard of a basic engineering/design issue with a specific model of Dometic.


That said, all of my experience has been with units smaller than 3 cubic feet.
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We've always carried a cooler for beverages. That said, we had to remove the beverages from the cooler this past summer and place the food from our undercooling Dometic fridge into said cooler. We were glad we had it with us. And, as others have said, it's nice to have along if you have to haul refrigerated grocery items any distance from store to camp.
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We carry a small cooler in the tow vehicle, but not for drinks or food during the day. We usually need to stretch our legs so we will find a place to stop. And really, when driving, if we drink a lot of fluids, well, it just means we have to stop more often, sometimes when we are not ready. If we stop for groceries after a day of exploring, we put the perishables in the cooler until we get to the campsite. It is also handy to keep the afternoon/evening liquid refreshments in, right next to the camp chair! The refrigerator in your Oliver will work fine. for the most part, 12v refrigerators do not cool well; they may hold the temperature if the door stays closed but they are no way near as effective as propane or 110v refrigerators.
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