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If you look back at our criteria for selecting our RV, a “large, non-absorption fridge” was on our list of criteria. But exactly how large is “large”?
28% Larger! That’s how much!
Our Norcold fridge had been working without issue since day one in our Winnebago EKKO. But I had installed – and we had gotten used to – a larger refrigerator in our previous RV, Lance. And after a while, a larger fridge started creeping its way back up our projects list. Even though I wasn’t certain it would fit, we took the plunge and tried to install the Nova Kool RFU 7300. It worked (thank goodness)!
Several reasons, really. The first of which I describe in the video as an “ice cream sandwich problem”. Basically, if a refrigerator has a single compressor, you have to set a single compromise thermostat that will keep the freezer and refrigerator contents at approximately the right temperatures. But depending on how the appliance is insulated and what exactly you’ve got in it, that can be a tough compromise to make. If you set it cold enough to have solid ice cream sandwiches in the freezer, then the lettuce in the fridge might freeze. The Nova Kool we install in this video has TWO COMPRESSORS. This means we can set separate temperatures in the refrigerator and the freezer. We get solid ice cream and unfrozen lettuce. WIN!
The next reason has to do with capacity. The Norcold 2152 has 5.3 cubic feed of total space. The Nova Kool 7300 has 6.8 cubic feet – in approximately the same sized cutout! That’s 28% more stuff we can fit in the fridge. Not only that, but the freezer space is nearly tripled. 0.6 cubic feet before, 1.7 cubic feet after. So now, our freezer is the right temperature to bring ice cream sandwiches… AND we have the space to do it. In fact, we have so much space now, we buy extra stuff when we feel like it!
Finally, the Nova Kool has a drawer freezer. That’s way better than the door-within-a-door freezer in the Norcold. It’s easier to access, and it’s not way up above head level.
We took the fridge on a three week trip, and we haven’t found anything I would call a negative. There are some differences worth pointing out though.
First, the venting is different. The Nova Kool blows warm air out the front near the bottom. We’ll likely appreciate that during the winter, but in the summer, it is something you’ll notice blowing on your legs. The warm air has to go somewhere.
Next, the Nova Kool could use slightly more battery power than the Norcold. I say *could*, because it really depends. It depends on how you have your temperatures set in the fridge and freezer. It depends on how hot it is outside. It depends on how much you open and close your refrigerator and freezer doors. The list goes on. The one thing I can tell you for certain is that when I checked our overnight battery consumption in the mornings, I couldn’t really detect any difference. The battery power used overnight is the same as we had been experiencing. So for us, it didn’t seem to use any more power. But the Nova Kool does have two compressors, so while both of them are running, it will be drawing more current than a one-compressor fridge. I elected to run a new circuit for this, so it is something to be aware of.
About That Door!
The Nova Kool comes with either a black or stainless door panel. Those are fine, but the panels are easily removable. So before we left, we decided to have a little fun with it and we created some magnetic, dry-erase refrigerator door panels. It’s not hard to do, it works with most RV refrigerators out there, and you can see it in this short video.
That’s about it for now. Any comments or questions, sound off below and I’ll do my best to answer them.