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Old 09-13-2020, 12:22 AM   #21
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Just speculating but based on information from ETI in post #11 maybe the DC558?
https://norcold.com/product/norcold-...-refrigerator/
Dave is there a reasonable small compressor fridge that would work with 2 6 volts and 180 watts solar and 80 watt portable and small Honda generator . Truck fridge ? Pat
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:43 AM   #22
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Thanks for the reply. A 5.5 cu. ft. fridge with a draw of only 3.2A. I would think a solar panel would be able to keep up. I could see a larger fridge being more of a challenge to keep the batteries charged.
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:02 AM   #23
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Cost me about $1,300 on my RMD 8555 for a main control board and an eyebrow board. Based on limited experience here on the forum the eyebrow board seems to has failed more often.


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I wonder what kind of battery drain a compressor type 'fridge will use?

My 2015 Escape 19 has the Dometic RM 8551, and the control board is kaput. The control boards are hard to find, and cost a bundle. Over $500!

It sounds like the RM 8551 model has been problematic. Has anyone else had the control board go out?
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:03 AM   #24
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Dave is there a reasonable small compressor fridge that would work with 2 6 volts and 180 watts solar and 80 watt portable and small Honda generator . Truck fridge ? Pat
Pat: I’m no expert but if I was looking the front runner would be Nova Kool. Probably the RFU6200.
Nova Kool, refrigerators, freezers, Marine, RV, Truck

They make smaller ones as well.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:08 AM   #25
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For those interested in compressor refrigerator / freezers the Nova Kool website really is a tremendous resource. It's their only business and they are very forthcoming with documentation from general to detailed covering virtually every aspect of their products.

This brochure is but one example, providing pics and specs for their entire line (though dated 2013 it's still current, an indication of how consistent their product line is over time, a characteristic I personally find reassuring).

From this our line up webpage one can click to get full details on each model, including detailed cut-out dimensions (the space required to install) and parts lists.

I encourage the curious to explore Nova Kool's website. IMO it's a much more user-friendly and forthcoming place than Norcold's site. (yeah, as I stated in post #11, I'm a bit disappointed that ETI seems to have selected Norcold as their vendor for compressor reefers, the availability of documentation having a role in that disappointment)

For we geeks interested in even more detail about the core Secop/Danfoss compressor units used in virtually all brands of RV compressor refrigerator/freezers, the Secop website is a resource for everything one could possibly want to know about those units. Info available on the Nova Kool website (model-specific parts lists) identifies the specific compressor unit used in each of their models, which in turn can be used to focus research on the Secop website.

One thing of interest to me about the Secop/Danfoss RV application compressors is that they are 'variable-speed' in that the running speed can be programmed for specific applications. As far as I can tell the compressor speed does not 'vary-on-the-fly' in operation. Nova Kool makes reference to this and the fact that they pre-set the speed for each of their model applications but that it can be field-adjusted for specific conditions (it does require an interconnect cable/device and PC software costing ~$400USD - it's not an adjustment that most users can/will undertake).

Just FYI
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:34 PM   #26
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Just FYI, the table attached at this post may be of interest to those exploring compressor-type refrigeration in the 6+ cu ft range.
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:49 PM   #27
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I wonder what kind of battery drain a compressor type 'fridge will use?

My 2015 Escape 19 has the Dometic RM 8551, and the control board is kaput. The control boards are hard to find, and cost a bundle. Over $500!

It sounds like the RM 8551 model has been problematic. Has anyone else had the control board go out?
A company called 'Dinosaur' makes replacement aftermarket control boards for Dometic and Norcold r v refrigerators. We replaced the unreliable board in an older Dometic RM2661, and had no more lockout problems after that. The Dinosaur board for our old trailer cost around $90.
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Old 05-03-2021, 02:07 PM   #28
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I had a Nova Kool 12V compressor fridge put in my 2014 17B to replace the Dometic absorption one in July. What an improvement!! Draw is very small at 2.2A, but doesn't need to run all the time. I have a first gen Escape, meaning the door is narrowest, but had no issues getting it in. I would HIGHLY recommend you consider one.
I used a solar panel to charge up the system, and never had any issues. My wife is finally happy!
Did you go with the AC/DC R3800 or the DC only? We also have a 2014 17B and desperately need to replace the Dometic 8551. My logic is DC only is fine since 1) we boondock most of the time and 2) when we are plugged in (usually at home) the batteries are recharging at, presumably, a faster rate than the fridge will be drawing down the batteries. Plus the DC only is a couple hundred $$ cheaper.
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Old 05-03-2021, 02:26 PM   #29
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I put in the larger NovaKool 12V compressor fridge in our Escape 19. Works amazingly well. We just went with DC. I don't see the andvantage of going AC/DC. When you are boondocking you are running DC only. When plugged in the converter will switch the AC to DC. To me the AC seemed like a waste of money
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:48 PM   #30
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My thinking exactly - thanks Sean!
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:11 AM   #31
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I had 12v compressor units in my T@da, very noisy at night with operation. The propane absorption set up is silent.......
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:35 AM   #32
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Noise is a relative matter. I can sleep through just about anything, whereas my wife is more sensitive to noise. We have the Novakool RFU8220 7.3 cu ft, and we do not find it too noisy. You can hear it come on, but it is by no means loud. Not sure if some compressor fridges are noisier than others, but in our case the Novakool is not an issue. It is quieter than the fan on the furnace that is for sure.
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Old 05-04-2021, 11:23 AM   #33
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Did you go with the AC/DC R3800 or the DC only? We also have a 2014 17B and desperately need to replace the Dometic 8551. My logic is DC only is fine since 1) we boondock most of the time and 2) when we are plugged in (usually at home) the batteries are recharging at, presumably, a faster rate than the fridge will be drawing down the batteries. Plus the DC only is a couple hundred $$ cheaper.
We opted for the AC/DC model, as it was less than C$100 difference for us. That being said, either option should do the trick...and that was to have a fridge that actually cools! The NovaKool option has made our food safe now. And the quick ice cubes are good, too!
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Old 05-04-2021, 11:53 AM   #34
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Thinking about a 23 in my future. How are the compressor fridges on battery draw down? Don't do a lot of boondocking, but would equip the next one with solar like my 21. Thinking about a week at National Seashore campgrounds on Hatteras for instance. No hookups.

Sorry, didn't read the prior page of posts on performance with batteries. But any other comments welcome. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2021, 12:42 PM   #35
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our 7.3 cu ft Novakook i think draws around 5 amps, but only while running. Depending on ambient temperature it runs maybe 1/2 the time, so basically 2.5 amps - 3 amps. We did install 4x100A Battle Born Lithium batteries, have the rooftop solar from ETI and have 2x100A portable solar units. Battery status with our set up has not been a problem
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