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Old 11-03-2017, 10:41 PM   #1
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BC Made 12 Volt compressor fridges

About 30 minutes away from where the Escape is manufactured, there is another great Canadian Company. They make 12 volt compressor type fridges for the west coast marine industry. The company is called Nova Kool. If you go on line you can see the many fridges they offer. Please note the current draw listed is only when the fridge is in the cooling cycle. They are built like your home fridges and only come on when needed. I have one of their chest models and it has worked great for the past 10 years or so. It does a fantastic job of cooling and takes about 10 mins to cool from room temp to 3 degrees. I can crank it even lower and make it into a freezer as well. We use it at least 4 times a year on our 2 - 12 hour trips to and from our cabin. May not be the perfect solution if you spend a long time off the grid but if you like to plug in everywhere but a few nights…then this might be an option to check out.

Nova Kool Manufacturing Inc.
1578 Hartley Avenue
Coquitlam, BC
Canada V3K 7A1

Phone: (604) 523-6515
Fax: (604) 523-6674
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:44 PM   #2
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Ed, NovaKool is well known to the forum and has been discussed many times. There are some Escape owners who have retrofitted a NovaKool fridge due to the poor cooling performance of the Dometic 8 Series fridges Escape used to install.

The first Escape owner to install a NovaKool that I know of was Steve (hotfishtacos) on this forum. Here's the thread he created detailing the install. He also added a bunch of solar in order to run it:

Nova Kool RFU 8320 Refrigerator Installation
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:49 PM   #3
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Yup, they've been around for a long time. About 25 years ago I bought the guts from them and installed them in a built-in chest fridge-freezer in a boat that I built. It did a fantastic job. I wish the Escape had a NovaKool option during construction. I'd gone for it in a flash, especially with the ability to use solar charging.

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Glad to hear it...
I have been looking at all 52 pages of the mod section over the past two weeks and looked here in the recommended products and nothing jumped out at me that it was a well know product. Must be to much input for me...
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Yup, they've been around for a long time. About 25 years ago I bought the guts from them and installed them in a built-in chest fridge-freezer in a boat that I built. It did a fantastic job. I wish the Escape had a NovaKool option during construction. I'd gone for it in a flash, especially with the ability to use solar charging.

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I don't know how much solar you need for that. Can you have enough solar without also adding to your batteries? Steve had more batteries. The problem with compressor type is that it does not lend itself as well to boondocking, at least not without some substantial change over the standard equipment. I would not see the reason because my refrigerator works fine, one from 2015, much better than the older one we had in the 19'. But will have to see if that holds up in a lot of hot weather.
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As said previously...Finally!! (Is someone gonna delete this too?)
I think there was a glitch on the site shortly after you posted the image the first time. I was responding to another post and site froze and I got a 501 error.
Not likely a conspiracy.
Oops. Gone again. Maybe aliens.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:23 AM   #7
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Yup, they've been around for a long time. About 25 years ago I bought the guts from them and installed them in a built-in chest fridge-freezer in a boat that I built. It did a fantastic job. I wish the Escape had a NovaKool option during construction. I'd gone for it in a flash, especially with the ability to use solar charging.

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I asked ETI to install a compressor fridge in our new 21 that I picked up this past August. I referenced Nova Kool, Norcold and Dometic, all of which offer a compressor type fridge. ETI agreed to install the Dometic CRX1110 and charged me for the cabinet modification, but no extra charge for the fridge itself. I have been very pleased with it, especially when on the road all day.
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I asked ETI to install a compressor fridge in our new 21 that I picked up this past August. I referenced Nova Kool, Norcold and Dometic, all of which offer a compressor type fridge. ETI agreed to install the Dometic CRX1110 and charged me for the cabinet modification, but no extra charge for the fridge itself. I have been very pleased with it, especially when on the road all day.
That's very good to know. It that 3.7 ft3 ? Do you find it big enough? We pickup next June, and I may ask for this.
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That's very good to know. It that 3.7 ft3 ? Do you find it big enough? We pickup next June, and I may ask for this.
For the two of us (plus two four-legged children), yes it is big enough. Dometic makes a bigger compressor fridge (CRX140) that is 4.8 cubic feet. It also uses a Danfoss compressor, but uses a bit more energy. I attached a spread sheet I assembled when I was looking into the specs for these fridges. For comparison I included the absorption fridge that ETI installs as standard equipment in their 21 (the DM 2663, I believe). The relatively high current draw of the heaters used in the DC mode of operation is the issue for the absorption fridges when on the road for a long time, namely the heater just barely maintains the cold (if its not real hot outside) and it prevents the tv alternator from topping off the battery charge, so you pull in to a campsite with the batteries partially discharged.
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Thanks Volk for your input.
This will be great news for some and makes this thread well worth while.
I am sure some would like to know if the larger unit was also at no extra cost other than the cabinet mod charge?
I would guess that they offer this manufacturer of fridge because of their established relationship with them...and if leads to better cost to the customer all the better. Might also have a larger repair/parts base throughout North America.
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