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Old 07-27-2014, 06:27 PM   #15
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I do like my Interstate because it suits my requirement better than anything else available when I bought it in September 2012. I've had a few problems and Airstream could do a better job building these vans for what they cost. The electrical systems needs an upgrade to free one from having to plugin every few days. I added 400 watts of solar panels and that has made a world of difference for my use.

Now that Roadtrek has finally decided to offer the extended version an E-trek would be one of my choices if I was going to buy another B-van. But I think my top choice for an alternative to the Interstate would be a customized van from Advanced RV, provided they are still around in 5 years when I'm likely to be ready to upgrade.


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Old 07-27-2014, 09:08 PM   #16
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I'm going to check out a local upfitter to see what they can offer. Now that I know what I need and don't need.

BTW there's a fellow on the Sprinter forum that has a 2014 Roadtrek that he's stripping and re-doing. When he took the ceiling out, he discovered that there was zero insulation.
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I do like my Interstate because it suits my requirement better than anything else available when I bought it in September 2012. I've had a few problems and Airstream could do a better job building these vans for what they cost. The electrical systems needs an upgrade to free one from having to plugin every few days. I added 400 watts of solar panels and that has made a world of difference


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Boxster, I'm considering upgrading my solar panel. Is the footprint of the 400 watt similar to the existing 50watt that came on my 2014?


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Old 12-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #19
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Boxster, I'm considering upgrading my solar panel. Is the footprint of the 400 watt similar to the existing 50watt that came on my 2014?


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Pretty sure, He has multiple panels with a larger foortprint.
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Boxster, I'm considering upgrading my solar panel. Is the footprint of the 400 watt similar to the existing 50watt that came on my 2014?

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Recommend you read the entire thread on this forum titled "Solar Panel Upgrades".
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...es-111952.html

It has some details on my upgrade and several others. You can also search this forum for other solar projects. I had to do some significant mods to get four 100 watt panels on my roof. If I was building it again I would do what "lewster" (Lew Faber) does using the AM Solar mounting brackets.

You could probably upgrade to a 100 watt panel and not have to upgrade the wiring and controller. That is what the new Interstates have. Anything beyond that requires upgrading the wiring and switching to a MPPT controller to get good performance.
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I was only trying to get the Airstream wiring diagrams. I'd have to go to Mercedes for the Sprinter wiring diagrams and I know you can't get them free.


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Thanks. I'm heading to the solar thread now.


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If at first you do not succeed, try, try again in the future. What is not available today might very well be available tomorrow. This is one of the advantages to owning an older Interstate - given time, all sorts of interesting stuff makes its way onto the internet.

Very true. The new Interstate owners manual has a complete set of wiring diagrams. Got those I was missing from that manual. Design of electrics has not changed much since 2013.


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