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Author Topic: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge  (Read 2010 times)

Alaska Family

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I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:11:17 PM »
title speaks for it's self.  i have replaced almost all the parts and the coach is a 2011 Fleetwood fiesta 34B.  New; cooling unit, board and thermestor.  works for a while...then needs more new parts.  fixed....but not really.  some of this was covered under warrantee but i am losing for recommendations for a new fridge.  Prefer more control and feed back from the unit.  any help?????  Current temp is 15 above in the freezer and 54 in the fridge.  i live in AK.....doing better with a cooler and ice......not real happy right now....I wish to replace the whole thing with something different and much better.  I am full timing with my family during the summer in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Thanks for listening to my rant.....

Brent
Traveling Alaska with ....
2011 Arctic Cat 700 TRV
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2011 Fleetwood Fiesta 34B class A
2014 Big Tex car hauler

Jeff

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 11:33:36 PM »
Brent you will find many of us here that have given up on the reliabilty, performance, and safety of RV absorption refrigerators  and have switched to residential compressor driven models.

A search of the Forum will bring up lots of discussions on the subject and here is one of many online sites that provide extensive info on various manufactures products.

Alaska Family

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 11:59:33 PM »
With those models, can you use LPG or is it only 120 volt??  Thanks for the help!!
Traveling Alaska with ....
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2011 Arctic Cat 700 TRV
2011 Fleetwood Fiesta 34B class A
2014 Big Tex car hauler

Jeff

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 12:16:04 AM »
They are 110V only that require about 1500 watt inverter and adequate battery supply.

Kevin Means

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 02:35:02 AM »
Brent, we do a fair amount of boondocking and when we bought this motorhome it came with a 120 volt residential fridge. I was skeptical about dry-camping with it - especially since we never had any problems at all with our LP fridges. I guess we were lucky, because it seems like absorbtion fridges are the most complained about items on this forum. After using it, I can tell you that we are very happy with our big RR. If you've got the room for one, and an inverter and battery-bank big enough to run it, they're great.

Kev
2011 Winnebago Tour 42QD
Towing a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited LJ or an Acura MDX
RVI Brake 2, Minder TM-66 TPMS, 970 watts of solar
(Can't wait to spend more time RVing)
Lakeside, California

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 06:08:31 AM »
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New; cooling unit, board and thermestor.  works for a while...then needs more new parts.  fixed....but not really.

More parts? What other parts are there except the physical shell of the box? An absorption fridge is a pretty simple device. Sounds like somebody is throwing parts at it without figuring out the real problem.

A residential fridge is an alternative unless you really need the propane capability. However, with enough battery capacity and an inverter, plus the generator for recharging daily, the residential fridge gives you more space and much better cooling.
Gary
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rvharry

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Re: I hate my 8.0 Dometic 2852RBX 2 way fridge
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 08:32:49 PM »
I only going to answer to my personal decision, I went with from a 8.5 Dometic to a Whirlpool 11 cf in the exact same opening, we do not dry camp enough that batteries and inverter don't keep up, I picked up enough additional space in frig to add ice maker, with the problems with Dometic (with boiler a few years ago) and problems with Norcold (or as some people say "Not Cold"), I went to basically all electric (except 3 burner LP stove top) on my motorhome (have convection micro).
Harry and Sondra
2005 Allegro 32ba
2006 Malibu tow
1991 Jeep Wrangler tow

 

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