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Old 09-04-2015, 06:58 PM   #181
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Yes, they cease taking orders once the last two dates in 2016 are full which is probably close. They won't reopen orders till sometime as of yet TBD in 2016 and those will be for 2017 is the way it reads.
Congrats on your house project. Sounds like quite an undertaking.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:37 PM   #182
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Yes, they cease taking orders once the last two dates in 2016 are full which is probably close. They won't reopen orders till sometime as of yet TBD in 2016 and those will be for 2017 is the way it reads.
Congrats on your house project. Sounds like quite an undertaking.
Greg, that is the the 21' specifically ? What about other models - 17', 19' do they have their own dates ? Could they have more build slots than the 21' for 2016 ?

Thank you on the house, I threw out all wall and attic insulation, HVAC ceramic tile, etc. Calculated energy loads room by room using Manual J and chose all ductless units to heat and cool. Re-wired 80 percent of house with new sub panel best part - it's all documented so I can figure it out as I get older, 67 now but not getting any younger.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:49 PM   #183
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Guess you don't need a propane bar fridge for your man-space.
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:09 PM   #184
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Guess you don't need a propane bar fridge for your man-space.
Well I would if we bought alcohol and stored it there, we would have no room left to keep our home grown veggies, grass fed meat, eggs, bacon and salads. We need a fridge that will keep all this no matter what fuel it uses.
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:55 PM   #185
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Greg, that is the the 21' specifically ? What about other models - 17', 19' do they have their own dates ? Could they have more build slots than the 21' for 2016 ?

Thank you on the house, I threw out all wall and attic insulation, HVAC ceramic tile, etc. Calculated energy loads room by room using Manual J and chose all ductless units to heat and cool. Re-wired 80 percent of house with new sub panel best part - it's all documented so I can figure it out as I get older, 67 now but not getting any younger.
Awesome. Love to see pics of the house sometime if you put an album up somewhere. Sounds like a tremendous and well thought out Reno.
Check the production schedule on the Escape website, Reace also posted an announcement here as well that they would cease taking orders on all models. 17 is already closed and two slots on 19, 21, and 5.0 when filled those shut down as well. No set date as to when they will accept orders again, just sometime early 2016. I would put my deposit in now if you want a 21 in fall 2016. By the time you reach the factory in two weeks may not be able to put in an order.
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Old 09-04-2015, 09:09 PM   #186
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grass fed meat, eggs, bacon and salads. We need a fridge that will keep all this no matter what fuel it uses.
Protein (meat/bacon) needs to be kept cool (refrigerator), eggs and salad stuff just needs to be kept "cool." Don't overstuff the refer! It's one of the big issues folks have with "cooling."
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:21 AM   #187
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I agree with Donna's comment, our refers in the trailers are not like the ones in our homes. One does not open the door and look for something nor stuff the unit full of food.
In the trailer, you get in and out quickly and you leave room inside for the air to circulate around the food. You also try to precool the items versus putting warm things directly into the unit. Plus, some items, as Donna mentioned, do not need to be refrigerated, if they will be consumed in a short period. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.
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Old 09-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #188
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Hi Jim,

I agree with you both, been there done that with variety of absorption refrigerators over the years.

This is why we need an electric DC refrigerator. If a unit that works as well as our home one, only a lot smaller, is within reach - why not? I am aware of the power requirements and what it takes. Dependable set and forget without worrying that the quick on the road overnight stop is level enough to avoid a blockage is what we are striving for. Partial food storage due to poor performance is not acceptable either.

We love the ETI trailers, all of them and one way or another will own one real soon. If I have to buy it with with the Dometic installed so be it, we will swap it out the minute it starts under performing. We are frugal people, very energy savvy and well aware of how each door opening impacts performance.

Years ago our food requirements was not an issue. Today our home pantry has a lot less in it and the refrigerator a lot more, There has been a food "shift" over the past few years. Much of the foods we use to load into our campers over the years did not required refrigeration, that has changed and we grocery shop in small frequent quantities, it's fresh and aside from fruits requires refrigeration. Drinks are simple, water.

We can resolve our steep driveway problem in the retirement house we are re-constructing when loading a trailer that needs to be level a day in advance. Buy a single axle trailer, that can be leveled easily. We still like the 17' as much as before and know that size will fit the allocated storage space in the retirement house.

We will be visiting the folks at ETI in 13 days, We are excited and looking forward to it. I see that most everything for 2016 is sold out, we will shoot for 2017, no problem we still have our old Scamp.
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Old 09-05-2015, 12:10 PM   #189
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[QUOTE=cpaharley2008;109177 Follow these rules and you should have no problems.[/QUOTE]

Sorry, we'd find it impossible to follow those rules. First of all, it's a small fridge. If anything, it's going to be more crowded than our home fridge because, in fact, there are many items that do need refrigeration. Two types of milk containers alone take up significant space. And, yes, as at home, we often have to move items around to get something out. So as much as we'd like to keep the door opening down to seconds in duration, that's not practical for us.

Also, pre-cooling, on the road simply isn't practical. Leaving from home, yes, but on the road, no.

I've had two other types of systems that were both superior to the adsorption type. Engine driven compressor with holding plate and the NovaKool AC-DC type. Neither was affected by using them to capacity. While the Dometic is usable in some climates and it's nice to be able to use propane, having to use it in a special limited way is a negative.

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Old 09-05-2015, 12:19 PM   #190
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Santiago and Ron both present information that is more logical and practical !
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