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Old 03-09-2018, 04:41 PM   #1
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The wife and I put down the deposit today and will be picking up the RV at the end of next week.

Loved all the information on this forum as we were looking at the Roadtrek E-Trek, Coachman Galleria Li3. Also looked at the ERA. Gary "RV Advocate"'s posts were awesome and watched through the video. We stretched the budget but showing the wife the extra safety features on the AI she was on board.

We would have liked to get the 2018 version for the updates but the price diff between that and the 2017 weren't justifiable for us. We did get the air suspension, the add on seat, side screen and rear power screen.

We are 40 somethings in north texas with one going to college this fall and another still in high school. Our main use is going to be college tailgate trips (possibly to hotel, possibly to rv park), trips to Condo on beach and fun stuff around town. I fully expect one or both kids to be in the back playing xbox, etc while we are driving.

The noise thread is also very interesting because that is one of our concerns... Generator running, with ac running and kids trying to hear their games/movies. Really liked the idea of the Galleria Li3 or Etrek but hard to get past the MB differences and wow... the interior of the Tommy Bahama Interstate is amazing. So will be reading threads on the Yeti3000 or other options to enhance the mobile entertainment and comfort but with less noise.

Really appreciate all the info on this forum.
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The wife and I put down the deposit today and will be picking up the RV at the end of next week.

Loved all the information on this forum as we were looking at the Roadtrek E-Trek, Coachman Galleria Li3. Also looked at the ERA. Gary "RV Advocate"'s posts were awesome and watched through the video. We stretched the budget but showing the wife the extra safety features on the AI she was on board.

We would have liked to get the 2018 version for the updates but the price diff between that and the 2017 weren't justifiable for us. We did get the air suspension, the add on seat, side screen and rear power screen.

We are 40 somethings in north texas with one going to college this fall and another still in high school. Our main use is going to be college tailgate trips (possibly to hotel, possibly to rv park), trips to Condo on beach and fun stuff around town. I fully expect one or both kids to be in the back playing xbox, etc while we are driving.

The noise thread is also very interesting because that is one of our concerns... Generator running, with ac running and kids trying to hear their games/movies. Really liked the idea of the Galleria Li3 or Etrek but hard to get past the MB differences and wow... the interior of the Tommy Bahama Interstate is amazing. So will be reading threads on the Yeti3000 or other options to enhance the mobile entertainment and comfort but with less noise.

Really appreciate all the info on this forum.

I saw your concern about noise while using the generator and air conditioning, followed by your interest in the Yeti 3000 being a potential solution. Unfortunately, the Yeti line maxes out at 1500W continuous output through a plug in 110V cord. When I activate the Yeti 3000 wired up to my second transfer switch, the coach sees it as a 30A circuit but it's really not; the A/C and the microwave will not work because there is not enough power coming in. I can power the microwave directly with an extension cord from the Yeti, but even if I could run a line to the A/C, that draws more juice than the Yeti can provide for anything longer than a few seconds. I think it draws 2200W or so, and even more on startup. Someone else here knows the full scoop on that.

That being said, if you don't need to run the A/C, you can run everything else off the Yeti models. The 1000, 1400, and 3000 all have the same output specs, and the higher numbers just mean it can do it for a longer period of time. They are all the same footprint, they just get taller and more expensive.
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That being said, if you don't need to run the A/C, you can run everything else off the Yeti models. The 1000, 1400, and 3000 all have the same output specs, and the higher numbers just mean it can do it for a longer period of time. They are all the same footprint, they just get taller and more expensive.
How much time are you getting for things like the TVs and Blue Ray players? I am concerned I oversold the travel experience with the kids that are planning on playing xbox and watching movies throughout a 10 hour drive. I thought I would just need to worry about noise with the generator but saw somewhere else that we are not supposed to be running the generator while driving?

Not sure what I am going to do about AC for the back of the van. I know one is planning on being back there and the other up front (teenagers). Might have to look into those 12v options.
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Congratulations!! And welcome to the forum!!

I have yet to see a very hot day here in FL... that should start soon. But I have found that opening the rear windows slightly and turning on the fan, creates a good airflow the be comfortable... again, have not had a very hot day.

Just know that to do this while driving, you will need the cover for the fan...
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How much time are you getting for things like the TVs and Blue Ray players? I am concerned I oversold the travel experience with the kids that are planning on playing xbox and watching movies throughout a 10 hour drive. ....
No issues while driving... Sprinter alternator is running/charging everything

Issue is the hot Texas weather and keeping the rear section of the AI cool...
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How much time are you getting for things like the TVs and Blue Ray players? I am concerned I oversold the travel experience with the kids that are planning on playing xbox and watching movies throughout a 10 hour drive. I thought I would just need to worry about noise with the generator but saw somewhere else that we are not supposed to be running the generator while driving?

Not sure what I am going to do about AC for the back of the van. I know one is planning on being back there and the other up front (teenagers). Might have to look into those 12v options.
I haven't needed to do it myself, but my impression from reading this and other RV forums is that the generator and roof A/C can safely be used while driving. Not sure of the LP burn rate but I'd guess several hours. One would have to decide between quiet or cool.
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I saw your concern about noise while using the generator and air conditioning, followed by your interest in the Yeti 3000 being a potential solution. Unfortunately, the Yeti line maxes out at 1500W continuous output through a plug in 110V cord. When I activate the Yeti 3000 wired up to my second transfer switch, the coach sees it as a 30A circuit but it's really not; the A/C and the microwave will not work because there is not enough power coming in... ...

The power management panel on the Interstate can not sense the 110V shore power current source rating. It just defaults to 30A when you connect to shore power and the you must switch it to 20A mode. However since the Yeti can only provide 1500W even the 20A setting will not match the limited Yeti output.
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The power management panel on the Interstate can not sense the 110V shore power current source rating. It just defaults to 30A when you connect to shore power and the you must switch it to 20A mode. However since the Yeti can only provide 1500W even the 20A setting will not match the limited Yeti output.
Spot on, Mike. Thanks.

BTW, the task of unplugging the microwave for a direct hookup is a nightmare to reconnect into the wall outlet hidden behind the cabinet. So I bought a two foot beefy extension cord and attached it in a far more convenient location. Just don't tell the fire marshal; they hate extension cords...

I've always wanted a reason to use cable tie anchors !
Photo 1 shows both cords attached to the cabinet wall surface; no tangles or interference with the drawer closing. Photo 2 shows the microwave being plugged into an extension cord coming from the Yeti.
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I haven't needed to do it myself, but my impression from reading this and other RV forums is that the generator and roof A/C can safely be used while driving. Not sure of the LP burn rate but I'd guess several hours. One would have to decide between quiet or cool.
The AC thing is my main concern now. Our high use time is going to be summers since the kids are on vacation then. It is pretty hot in Texas.

Really excited but also really nervous about picking up the RV. These things are not a small financial commitment and I tend to go back and forth on being excited to thinking what a mistake we just made. I think I would have already lost it if it wasn't for all the great info here. I will feel better when when we have some great experiences with it.
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Battery Management

Let me start with, I am NOT and expert. My expertise is how to buy them and continue to have a great relationship with both Airstream as well as the dealer. That being said, here is my thoughts.

Read every single comment. Process the information and consider most folks on the AirForums.com are owners. Their thoughts are usually base on their usage, wants, needs and motives.

In my own opinion, the generator does not have to be on for your complete drive. It does have to be on if you use EITHER the Air Conditioner or the microwave. Test your needs buy just using the Sprinter Van's front A/C on a shorter drive and or a window in the back opened. You can always simply put the generator back on if needed.

When using the generator, understand that it is only 20 amps. So watch what you have on with it. Xbox, Blu-Ray and TV are not a huge electrical draw. However your refri/Freezer base on the year of your AI can be. This is power management issues. Test be for you go. Make your mistakes close to home and avoid if possible popping a fuse or breaker.

If you have a 2018 model, you have three solar panels that will recharge your batteries. Yes, the vehicles alternator will help in this recharging process. However, the solar panels and alternator is about recharging batteries not running electrical stuff of the generator.

So again, read everyone's advise. The bottom line to mine is Power Management and battery management. Test before you go. Hope that helps.

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