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Old 08-01-2015, 05:42 PM   #41
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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.
Ralph, the heat strip in the A/C was listed before as an option, but I notice it's no longer there. That might mean it's no longer offered, but you could always call Escape and ask.

Personally, I think a small space/cube heater would be a better option because it provides a good amount of heat and uses little power.
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:42 PM   #42
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Brian, that's what I have in mind, accept the standard wet battery that I assume is fully isolated from the cabin under the seat and plan my electrical design which will replace that factory battery as i will need a lot more due to my electrical requirements.

Yes even an AGM does need venting should it overcharge and out-gas, although not too likely. I have used gel types indoors in the past with gel specific charger and they were vented to the outside, just in case.

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Old 08-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #43
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While the standard Atwood is a very effective choice for a direct-discharge configuration, a ducted setup would have advantages. For that, there are options which wouldn't make sense as standard (or even optional) equipment but would have advantages, such as the Propex:
Any ducted installation is potentially better for noise than a direct-vent setup. As previously discussed, typical RV furnaces (including the Atwood used by Escape) are not efficient. With 2.8 kW of output from 3.0 kW (for the 2800 model), the Propex claims 93% efficiency (versus 76% for the Atwood).


I agree that for most people it is not a good alternative, so it makes sense that Escape would not offer it. It would not be reasonable to expect Escape to accommodate someone else's design. On the other hand, simply leaving out parts to allow an owner to install what suits that owner doesn't seem unreasonable.

There are production RVs which offer compressor-type refrigerators as standard equipment - including at least one Trillium-style (like the Escape body design) moulded fiberglass trailer - so for their customers this is apparently not an unreasonable choice.
ETI will leave out non-wanted items. We chose to go with a custom mattress and were credited $150 for not using theirs.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:19 PM   #44
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ETI will leave out non-wanted items. We chose to go with a custom mattress and were credited $150 for not using theirs.
True Charlie, they will leave it out. But, in the case of the fridge, it's not clear that you'd be credited for not getting it. I recall a thread some time back that discussed it but I can't find it now. There was also something about ETI can't plumb a gas line to there unless it's connected to the fridge, because it would be a deviance from their approved (regulations) design. Of course, if you were going to put a compressor fridge there, you wouldn't need the gas line anyway.
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I'm not sure ETI can sell a trailer without heat nor refrigeration. I believe there are some Canadian as well as US regulations for a standard RV. RVIA and it's Canadian equivalent. But what you can do after ownership is limitless.
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I'm not sure ETI can sell a trailer without heat nor refrigeration. I believe there are some Canadian as well as US regulations for a standard RV. RVIA and it's Canadian equivalent.
That would be CSA, formerly known as the Canadian Standards Association. Of course Escape follows all applicable CSA requirements, and CSA standards would cover how heating and refrigeration systems are installed, but it's hard to imagine that they (particularly heat) would be required. Lots of small recreational trailers (especially tent trailers and "teardrops") don't have a furnace or other heater, and most early moulded fiberglass travel trailers didn't have a refrigerator (they just had a cooler).

This brochure from the Manitoba government describes typical regulatory requirements for RVs, referring to the relevant CSA standard: Recreational Vehicles; Life Safety Requirements.

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But what you can do after ownership is limitless.
I agree. Even if this is not strictly true from a legal standpoint, as long as you take responsibility for handling hazards (such as electrical power, propane, and vehicle stability) safely, there is nothing stopping you from doing what works for you.
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:15 AM   #47
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I asked ETI if they would install a Novacool DC refer. No they would not….but they will build the cabinet opening to your spec and not install their refrigerator, also no gas line will be run, not sure about electric. No credit will be given and there is a charge for the custom cabinet. This was a recent disscusion with Chrystal, as my build sheet was signed Last week.
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So you end up paying for 2 refrigerators if you do not want the factory one, getting $$$.
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You get to keep the Dometic and could probably sell it as a new unit ??
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Craig, your account of the refrigerator swap is very very disappointing to hear.

It's unbelievable that I could be expected to pay for something I am not taking. I understand the additional charge for cabinetry modification, etc but to pay for an expensive device that stays in their warehouse and all related parts associated plus no related installation labor ? Kinda leaves a different impression of the operation in my mind.

We are willing to add many other options that will more than make up for not taking the standard factory refrigerator and ETI is welcome to sell us the Nova Kool, even if we install it when we get home but to not give credit for stuff we don't want ? Makes one wonder.

Thank you for the heads up.

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