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Old 10-18-2014, 12:47 PM   #151
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So, ETI has totally ruled out the compressor fridge as a future option? I wonder why that would be. It seems that, given the right trailer configuration, the compressor fridge may be a better choice. With all the customization that ETI does, why not this? I must be missing something.
Yeah, I don't know all the reasons why either. I can tell you that I broached the subject with Reace, and a compressor fridge option installed by ETI isn't going to happen any time soon.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:44 PM   #152
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Probably two reasons. Volume and price. Those go hand-in-hand to make it financially doable for ETI.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:36 PM   #153
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Probably two reasons. Volume and price. ...
And a third reason. The Canadian Habitat Regulators* that have given their stamp of approval, would require ETI to go through another certification process.

(* And if its not obvious, I made up that agency. But there is a real-life equivalent, I just don't know the name.)

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Old 10-18-2014, 04:51 PM   #154
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I'm not suggesting that ETI should accommodate another production option, but I don't think installing a compressor-type refrigerator would be an issue for certification. With no associated propane, the only approval would be compliance with CSA Z240 and the corresponding RVIA standard. That would probably only apply to the power wiring, and the appliance would connect to the same wiring as absorption refrigerator, so it doesn't seem like a big deal to me; cabinet changes are probably more of an issue.

The price would presumably be high, due to the lack of purchase volume.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:30 PM   #155
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Price can always be passed on to the consumer, who is willing to pay for it. So, I can't see that as an issue. You want to upgrade to a compressor fridge, it will cost you X dollars, just like any other upgrade. Do they really cost any more to begin with?

I'm no expert, but it sure seems like installing a compressor fridge would involve less work than installing an evaporation fridge that requires plumbing and venting for propane.

Like I said, I must be missing something
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #156
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... You want to upgrade to a compressor fridge, it will cost you X dollars, just like any other upgrade. Do they really cost any more to begin with?
Even if the list price is the same, ETI may get a better deal on the absorption refrigerators due to their purchase volume (although the entire ETI production isn't much by RV industry standards, a few dozen units may be enough).

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I'm no expert, but it sure seems like installing a compressor fridge would involve less work than installing an evaporation fridge that requires plumbing and venting for propane.
I agree, but there are substantial costs to doing thing differently in a well-worked-out production system. Just not cutting the vent openings in the wall and not installing the propane line seem easy, and the electrical circuits wouldn't change, but I don't know enough about the cabinet fabrication and installation and other details to know what Reace's concern might be.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:19 AM   #157
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Has anyone checked to see if any current compressor units will go through the door? Doesn't seem so from my conversation with Reace a month prior to our delivery when we discussed the topic but who knows?

If one will fit then maybe someone should take it upon themselves to do their own install. ETI will in all likelihood credit you for not taking theirs.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:27 AM   #158
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See post 125. Someone has taken it upon themselves. Steve (hotfishtacos) ordered a NovaKool for his 19 and will be installing it. At a little under 22 inches wide it will fit through the door. Its an existing unit of course, so no credit for not including the stock Dometic from ETI.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:32 AM   #159
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I just joined this forum, since I'm starting to look at Escape trailers. This is an interesting discussion. I have also considered a converted Sprinter van, using solar, no propane and 110/12 volt compressor refrigerator. Compressor units are being commonly used as they can run on 12V AGM batteries recharged by solar. If I order an Escape or buy used, it will have an Engel or NorCold. Probably delete EFI model. See this discussion 12V Refrigerator Questions - Sprinter-Forum.
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So, ETI has totally ruled out the compressor fridge as a future option? I wonder why that would be. It seems that, given the right trailer configuration, the compressor fridge may be a better choice. With all the customization that ETI does, why not this? I must be missing something.
I asked ETI about a DC Novacool option: Still the same…. NO and won't give a credit for not installing the stock refrigerator.( 4 sale Oct 2015 RMD 8555 new never used ) I'm wondering how many folks in the build process would choose a DC refrigerator if available. The trail blazing of Steve with his novacool install took the uncertainty from this and now makes it a good option for some.
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