Hi Iggy and Norwood,
We live in Palm Springs, CA. It gets quite warm in the desert, as you can well imagine.
We have a two-door refrigerator (upper freezer and lower refrigerator). We make sure both doors are closed as they should be.
The two fans we have are on the backside of the refrigerator (one at the bottom blowing up and one at the top blowing down).
I looked at Iggy's screenshot of the fins in the refrigerator. I gather you are talking about the fans in the middle of the fins. There's also something on the shelf below the fins (looks "reddish). What is this?
When we get outside of the desert area where it's warm both day and night, the refrigerator cools down. It's during the day at the refrigerator warms up.
There's a "digital red temperature" screen above the freezer door. We don't trust the digital readout. We purchased a digital temperature gauge from Radio Shack. The readout is outside of the refrigerator. We set the sensor (looks like a small box) inside the refrigerator. The sensor transmits to the monitor outside the refrigerator. This gauge seems to work well.
As we have traveled north and the daytime/evening temperatures have dropped, the refrigerator has been working much better. We had it set at "5" (coldest). Now, we've adjusted the temperature setting to "4" since it was dropping the refrigerator to freezing or lower.
You're right. There is no insulation anywhere around the refrigerator. I'm really surprised that Forest River (Georgetown) would build a coach with a design that assures the refrigerator will not work properly.
Perhaps, Forest River needs to put a "warning" sticker by the front entrance door to the coach indicating "This coach is designed ONLY for cold temperature areas, so plan your trips accordingly. Heed this warning or get sick from food spoilage. The choice is yours!"
The 2011 Georgetown XL 337 DS coach we purchased has a lot of good features that we like. Unfortunately, certain things like the "falling ceiling" (apparently the glue used to bond the ceiling to the roof was crappy) and the "refrigerator" only performs properly in certain temperature climates. The 2006 Winnebago Sightseer 37' coach was not as fancy (roomy) as the 2011 Georgetown; however, Winnebago build a more solid coach.
We like the 2011 Georgetown despite the problems we're spending money to make repair. However, we're terribly disappointed that Forest River (Georgetown) does not live up to Warren Buffet's standard of excellence.
I plan to write directly to Warren Buffet about our experience thus far with the 2011 Georgetown coach. I doubt that anything will come in way of response. But, at least he will learn about our experience.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences with us.
Palm Springs, CA.