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Old 08-01-2015, 01:31 PM   #21
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Got to agree with Karen. Might be quieter then without, but "sound proof" it's not. Try it some night at a WalMart.
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:44 PM   #22
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Bruce, the link to HotFishTaco's NovaKool 7.3 cf refrigerator install was inspiring. Unfortunately none of his photos on the entire thread appeared just the captions. Still he offers a wealth of information. There is no turning back, I decided long ago my next trailer will have 12vdc/120vac refrigerator.

It makes no sense at all for ETI or any manufacturer to stop offering absorption units as standard, electric as an option? maybe if the buyer is fully aware of what else is involved. I do know this, it's for me.

As to the insulation package, I see much value in the windows but disappointed that the extra insulation is adding to below the belt line that in my view should have had it in the first place. The underside foam will come later after I am done with additions as it will be impossible when all covered.

Back to the NovaKool, I totally agree with HotFishTaco's assessment that the units needs to be shrouded with foam boards, the iso boards have the highest thermal performance per inch and I recall that further insulating the box prior to inserting in the cabinet greatly reduces compressor cycle times as reported by HotFishTaco.

You guys are the best. Thank you.

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:01 PM   #23
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Jim- is it possible that you have it backwards i.e. the reflectex with thermal pkg. is from about the bench seat height up? Thought my non-thermal packaged 17B had the reflectex on the wheel wells. Maybe not.
Yeah, I didn't quite understand that statement either, but then Jim does later mention that the reflectix covers everything from roof to floor. That's correct.
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:08 PM   #24
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Re-read what Jim wrote.

"Thus with the package your entire trailer from the roof to the wheel wells is covered with reflectix and the white vinyl covers all areas that can be seen."
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:59 PM   #25
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The option is called "Extra insulation and thermal windows". Without the option you have regular windows and reflectix from the roof down under the vinyl which stops basically at the belly band and seats. Extra insulation now covers from belly band down to the floor in all the storage areas and other unseen places.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:09 PM   #26
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Ok; looks like I had it backwards, or perhaps the original owner did the "half thermal package" that some had done, i.e. thermal package w/out thermal windows for $500.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:26 PM   #27
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This post by Reace in November of 2013 may help clarify:

"Hello Everyone,

We would like to take a moment to clarify a couple of things regarding the Extra Insulation with Thermal Window Option.

If you order a trailer with the Standard Insulation Package it comes with the headliner material glued directly to the fiberglass shell. We will then cover any exposed or visible areas under the benches with the Reflectix Insulation.

If you add the Extra Insulation option, Reflectix Insulation then completely covers the interior of the trailer (except the floor). However, the 21' Escape and the NEW Escape 5.0 Tandem Axle Fifth Wheel, we do not line the ceiling with Reflectix, we use a honeycomb material in the fiberglass process which strengthens the roof and provides additional insulation.

During the last 5-6 months we have been changing the method of insulation throughout the trailer including:
- behind the bathroom
- wheel wells
- exterior door

This is why you are seeing the differences between your trailers. If you have ordered a trailer with the Extra Insulation but do not see it in your trailer, you may have to peel the headliner back slightly.

Thank you,

Reace"


The original post is #63 of this thread:
Extra Insulation and Spray Foam Insulation??
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:15 PM   #28
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As for a furnace, we use a portable 120v heater most of the time as we are more of a traveler than a camper and usually have full hook-ups.
Our Casita has a heat strip built into the A/C that we normally use when we're on electric hookups. Do the Escape A/C units have one? Didn't even think to look when we were out at ETI in May.
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:29 PM   #29
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Are you using a weight distribution hitch with your set-up and if so, which one? We are having trouble deciding. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We will be towing our '21 with a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 5.3 and 3:42 rear. Christine and Emilio
Hi C & E,
I have the same truck (double cab) and use the Anderson I already had for my previous tug. Like Jim I don't bother with it for short trips, but it gives a nice solid connection & sway control out on the road without too much extra weight.
Our 21 drops the rear of the Silverado about an inch measured at the rear wheel well without the Anderson.
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Okay Robert, I was incorrect in my explanation, the additional reflectix is on top on all models but the 21 and 5.0 with standard coverage below on all models regardless of the option. Like my name says....never in doubt, often wrong....
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