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Old 03-03-2015, 04:02 PM   #51
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True enough. But, a compressor fridge as part of the initial build is not done by Escape.
Unfortunately true...
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:30 PM   #52
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Spoke with Reace yesterday. He's still waiting to receive the newly designed door for testing.
It is going to take more than a insulated door to solve the insufficient cooling problem. The absorption heat exchange cooling unit capacity is inadequate. Also,the heat exchanger that generates heat (LP, 12V, 120V) for the refrigerant phase change is directly below the heat exchanger that dissipates heat that is absorbed in the refer. Heat rises and decreases the exchange capacity.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:54 PM   #53
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The dormant entrepreneur in me is screaming that there is big money to be made by providing the RV community with a fridge that actually works!
In my researching RV's over the last year, I've come to the conclusion that absorption refrigerators are far from universally used. Some RV manufacturers actually recommend compressor refrigerators over absorption types. Sportsmobile, a very well known van conversion company, is but one of those I ran across that takes this approach. Basically, they claim their customers are more satisfied with the performance of the compressor fridges.

Some of the better compressor units appear to be quite frugal with power usage. However, they may require some adjustments (solar) when used off the grid for long periods of time. For many, those adjustments and maybe even a little extra setup cost are well worth the potentially better and more consistent performance.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:09 PM   #54
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Met a camper in Tucson recently who had a newer Hallmark truck camper who swore by his 3.0 cu.ft. compressor refer for performance. On their options list they show them from $400-$1800. They also show battery upgrades from $150-$1,000. Hoping for a magic door at this point as am not keen on toting around 4 6V and two more solar panels.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:12 PM   #55
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Spoke with Reace yesterday. He's still waiting to receive the newly designed door for testing.
Thanks for passing it along.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:15 PM   #56
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I would not be happy downgrading to a 3 cu.ft. fridge, nor with the extra expense of solar and the batteries to run it. My last choice for a camp spot is an RV parking lot with hookups.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:26 PM   #57
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Having owned 2 trailers with 12v compressor refers I do not like them. They are noisy and because they are attached to the trailer once can feel and hear while it is operating. The absorption refer is silent.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:38 PM   #58
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Having owned 2 trailers with 12v compressor refers I do not like them. They are noisy and because they are attached to the trailer once can feel and hear while it is operating. The absorption refer is silent.
The reason the absorption refer is silent is that it's not working. Just kidding
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Having owned 2 trailers with 12v compressor refers I do not like them. They are noisy and because they are attached to the trailer once can feel and hear while it is operating. The absorption refer is silent.
I suspect in most RVs that have them, they can't hear or feel the fridge because the generator is running.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:19 PM   #60
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Spoke with Reace yesterday. He's still waiting to receive the newly designed door for testing.
I must have missed something. Is the door now considered to be the cause of the refrigerator's failure to adequately cool in warm weather?
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