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Old 03-12-2014, 01:53 PM   #29
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73shark, Thanks. Adjustment of the solar panels would require a ladder. I am not sure I will be adjusting them very much. Even with them flat and today being a sunny day, they are consistently delivering between 14.2A and 14.4A. the IPN Pro Remote Solar Controller has some nice screens that indicate the input charge from the solar panels and the Mppt boost from the controller for output charge to the battery bank. It also indicates the current battery bank capacity and Battery amp hours from full, so if you have had a partially cloudy day you can make the decision to angle the panels to boost charging the battery bank before the evening. If someone has solutions for a very compact ladder, I would be most appreciative. It seems I am carrying an ample amount of support equipment already…having a ladder would also be nice to have.

The AS does use Dometic A/C as of my 2014 model. I am guessing the industrial designers at AS may have redesigned the cover.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:27 PM   #30
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I have considered one of the bolt-on ladders on the rear door. I just had to get up on the roof last week to check the A/C and even with a step ladder, it wasn't easy task.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:15 PM   #31
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Tito, thank you, with regard to the antenna cable it was just a little too short so Lewster added a small addition, but went a step further by heat sealing the connection to prevent any weather corrosion and then wrapped the entire cable with UV conduit.
Wow! What a great install job. Hats off to Lew!

I too was considering relocating the TV antenna to top of AC unit, but couldn't find info on anyone who had done it before.

Have you compared the TV reception with antenna in new location? Theoretically it should be better as antenna is no longer blocked by AC unit.

For an alternative I was also considering installing one of those flat panel TV antennas in one of the rear windows. But then I would have to rig up some way to install a 12V in-line booster that is already built into current antenna.

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Old 03-14-2014, 10:10 PM   #32
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May be in here somewhere but surfing mobile. What was $$$? I really need more hrs. Now get about 1 full day if DC, would really like 3. A Road trip would be well worth it.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:58 PM   #33
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If someone has solutions for a very compact ladder, I would be most appreciative. It seems I am carrying an ample amount of support equipment already…having a ladder would also be nice to have.
I saw one of these the other day. It is the only style of ladder that I have ever seen that seemed reasonable to carry while camping.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:06 AM   #34
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:09 AM   #35
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Here's a picture on my solar setup. The physical size of the panel limited me in the output. I believe mine is a 140 .
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:38 PM   #36
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I can and will echo what others have said about the fine folks at AM solar. Not only are they well informed professionals they are truel nice folks. tow weeks ago I have two 105 watt pannels put on the roof with all new wireing and charge controler. The result is much the same as Boxsters. Even with the limited Sun we get here in the northwest in the winter time batteries I used to have to charge about every ten days have now stay up to 100% full. These panels combined with the Tri Meteric battery monitor I installed myself back in Dec have lead to much more peace of mind as it relate to DC power consumption.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:44 PM   #37
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:38 PM   #38
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Here's a picture on my solar setup. The physical size of the panel limited me in the output. I believe mine is a 140 .
Pappy,

You actually have 'acres' of space…..relatively speaking…….to add tons of solar to your roof. You just need someone who is experienced with Airstreams and has access to the proper equipment for your needs.

You could easily place over 800 watts, and possibly 1000 watts on your roof if you desire. I know, as I've done it !!
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And thanks to you all for the kind words……….they are much appreciated!!!!!
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:57 PM   #40
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I finally finished my solar upgrade, done in two stages. I added two 100 watt panels last year and just finished installing two more for total of 400 watts of solar. Photo of my roof - now ready for summer travels.

I want to personally thanks Lew Faber for his great advice and examples on solar installations and Lifeline battery maintenance
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:04 PM   #41
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I finally finished my solar upgrade, done in two stages. I added two 100 watt panels last year and just finished installing two more for total of 400 watts of solar. Photo of my roof - now ready for summer travels.

I want to personally thanks Lew Faber for his great advice and examples on solar installations and Lifeline battery maintenance
I really like the way you've done it Boxster, in particular using the racks to support the panels so you minimize the number of additional holes in the roof. Great work.
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Why is it that no one ever talks about using the ZAMP portable suitcase type solar panels with a built in controller?

To me this looks to be the easiest. Just cary the suitcase in a storage compartment. When you get to the campsite, open it up, connect the alligator clips to the battery and you are all set.

Here is a link to their product.Portable Solar Systems | Zamp Solar

It puts out 200 watts at 11. 3 amps. Seems like it would be better than having the panels on your roof.

Does anyone have experience with these? Is there some sort of problem that I am not seeing?

Just curious!
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