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Old 08-02-2015, 02:13 PM   #61
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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.
I can understand not wanting to leave an extra propane line, but the electrical circuits are a little different. The AC power is just an outlet; there should be no problem installing that with nothing plugged into it. The DC power circuit would need to be left as capped-off wires, and Escape offers this for cabinets as extra "drops" for owner-added lighting; I see no reason that the refrigerator cabinet would be different. A compressor-type refrigerator would use less DC power than the stock absorption-cycle refrigerator, so there wouldn't be any need to ask for heavier (or in any other way special) wiring.

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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.
Try getting any vehicle manufacturer to leave any stock part off the vehicle for a credit - good luck with that. Some - but certainly not all - pickup trucks have a "box delete" option, and that's about it.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #62
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What I was referring to towing it home without a refrigerator since your new one would be installed at home I assume.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:31 PM   #63
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During our build a year ago the RML8555 issue was hot(no pun intended) and I called some RV shops in the Seattle area to check out alternatives to the Dometic, but still absorbtion. If I was really wanting to do a compressor unit I would check with some of those people and maybe try to work a deal out with them doing the install(maybe a trade-in) then heading out from there. Have ETI not unpack the new one and just tote it down there in the back of the truck which Santiago will have. Just a thought.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:36 PM   #64
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I think ETI more than goes out of their way to accommodate their customers but they also have to keep things in perspective and keep the assembly line moving. They are now a year out on their trailers and people will look elsewhere if this gap widens to much more. Loren
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:13 PM   #65
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I'm following an 8 page thread on the CasitaForum. Larry Gamble (Little House Customs) has started it. Larry works and works and works until he figures out a solution to a problem. Should be interesting to read along: Make the fridge run better
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:45 PM   #66
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I have another question. The two tongue mounted LP tanks with cover. I see on photos they are mounted away from the trailer wall and close to the hitch hardware. Why the big gap between it and the wall ? In case one orders a box ? What if you don't want a box, do the tanks stay where I see in the photos ?

Also if no box, I would think moving the tanks back would help some with hitch weight, some I would think.

Lastly, how much extra tongue weight would the box add ? Then there is weight of contents that would vary according to use.

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Old 08-02-2015, 08:05 PM   #67
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The box weighs maybe 50 lbs with a load warning of 100 lbs. Everybody I know who has one absolutely loves a place to put their hookup gear (water hose, chocks, jack cranks, electrical, outdoor mats) and it has built in drains.

Wouldn't help much at all on tongue weight, on a percentage basis. I think if you don't order the box the tanks are moved back to the shell, which makes for an expensive retrofit if you change your mind as the mounts have to be cut off and relocated for the tanks.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:13 PM   #68
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I have another question. The two tongue mounted LP tanks with cover. I see on photos they are mounted away from the trailer wall and close to the hitch hardware. Why the big gap between it and the wall ? In case one orders a box ?
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In case you order it with the trailer, or want to add it later.
This isn't unusual. My Boler never had a box available, but the battery is between the propane and the body, so the effect is similar - the tanks hang off both sides of the tongue... which I really dislike.

When the tanks are side-by-side, there's another challenge: most weight-distribution (WD) systems have about the same length of spring bar, so the brackets on the tongue are around the same location (a bit over two feet back from the ball). If the tanks are there, a WD system is hard (or impossible) to mount - everyone puts up with tanks positioned to allow WD even if they will never use WD, which is how much of life works.

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What if you don't want a box, do the tanks stay where I see in the photos ?
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Originally, the two propane tanks on the 17-foot were in line down the centreline of the tongue area, but this was changed on trailers with the box, and later on all of them in case you want the box.

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Also if no box, I would think moving the tanks back would help some with hitch weight, some I would think.
Yes, a few percent perhaps - look at how far they move back compared to the ball-to-axle distance.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:24 PM   #69
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Santiago, just an opinion, so take it for what it's worth, but you really should get the storage box. It's by far the best and most used option we got. Also protects the front lower half of the trailer. In the case of our 19, it's also where our dual 6v batteries go, so no worries about battery boxes or venting. Nice.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:26 PM   #70
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.....what he said There has been more than one case of non-buyer's remorse on that option.
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