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Old 02-23-2015, 06:20 PM   #161
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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.
Give the RMD 8555 a chance when you get it Craig. Reports are that it outperforms the single door models ETI used before.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:25 PM   #162
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I asked ETI about a DC Novacool option: Still the same…. NO and won't give a credit for not installing the stock refrigerator.
While that's disappointing for those wanting a non-stock refrigerator, to be fair almost nothing can be left out of other consumer products for a credit. On some pickup truck models you can get a credit for "box delete" (just a bare frame in the back, no box), but that's about it... and you can't even do that one some truck models. Don't want some other component? Too bad, you're getting it.
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Hard for me to even think about refrigeration right now since the high today here in Rochester was zero, wind chill is currently minus 22. I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune come August in South Texas.
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I don't recall an accounting of the expense of installing a DC fridge and solar and batteries required. I suspect a major reason for not offering it as an option is that would raise the cost for the standard fridge ( ETI volume purchase being less ) and that it costs too much for most consumers.
ETI is in a position to consider if the option makes any sense, and I presume it does not.
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I don't recall an accounting of the expense of installing a DC fridge and solar and batteries required. I suspect a major reason for not offering it as an option is that would raise the cost for the standard fridge ( ETI volume purchase being less ) and that it costs too much for most consumers.
ETI is in a position to consider if the option makes any sense, and I presume it does not.
Very true. I believe Steve spent $1500 plus on the Novakool, and in order to make that type practical for boondocking you'd need two 160w panels, and probably more than two 232ah 6v batts or similar. Do the math and we're talking about $2300-$2400 minimum. That also doesn't include installation, and although he installed it himself, time is money.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:55 PM   #166
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I don't recall an accounting of the expense of installing a DC fridge and solar and batteries required. I suspect a major reason for not offering it as an option is that would raise the cost for the standard fridge ( ETI volume purchase being less ) and that it costs too much for most consumers.
ETI is in a position to consider if the option makes any sense, and I presume it does not.
I wonder if part of ETI's evaluation is the weight differential.
The Novacool is heavier than the Dometic, is it not. And certainly, the four 6V batteries Steve installed are a major weight contributor. Three solar modules add 20-30 lbs. apiece; it all adds up.
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And we still don't know how well it would work in places like BC Provincial Parks, where the campsites are often surrounded by 100-foot trees and bathed in shadow.
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Give the RMD 8555 a chance when you get it Craig. Reports are that it outperforms the single door models ETI used before.
Thanks Robert, that's encouraging. Given the super customer satisfaction nature of ETI and some dissatisfaction in the fridge performance, I was hopeful for a credit. Then the DC fridge option starts to make sense to give it a try. Yes, the cost and weight of a supporting solar electric system is high…..But many more benefits not just the fridge, and true it's satisfactory performance in all conditions is still a question. Being able to make your own ice cubes while camping…. pretty cool.
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I imagine HFT would have to do the same as the rest of us with solar, if you run into too many days without the sun you need to find hookups or take along the generator. Guess you could add a better charger/converter to the price tag.
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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.
Hi Craig in Petaluma,

We plan on visiting ETI in two weeks and if everything goes well order a 21'.
I am dead set on the Nova Kool RFU 6800 21-1/2" deep, it will go through the trailer door. The width is same as the Dometic ( 20-1/4" ) no need to widen the cutout as Steve did, his refrigerator was 23-1/4" wide that's why he had to do a bit of wood working.

Since ETI won't touch the Nova Kool I will buy and install. No problem there.
My problem is hearing that I will be stuck with a brand new Dometic, no credit. Did you bring the new Dometic home still in it's original box ?

This is not what I expected and will certainly not leave me with happy thoughts, despite what anyone says. Not asking ETI to waste time/labor on an install and have it removed, just leave the new Dometic in the store room for another customer.
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