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Old 09-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #29
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I keep reading all of these posts in different threads regarding chargers, solar charge controllers, temp. sensors, and solar panel size and marvel at my meager 50W panel, Tripplite single stage, and five year old OEM batteries that will run my fridge overnite and still be over 50% in the morning.

I'm currently on a cross-country trip with my wife. We still have our measly 50W panel and the Magnum; our fridge is stocked and running and my wife likes to look at the TV when we stop for the night - all dry camping. By the morning the batteries are down to 65-60%. So we're happy. I think it's down to always taking care of the batteries from new.


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Old 09-26-2015, 03:05 PM   #30
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Small victories build up. I finally got the 100 watt Grape Solar panel installed to replace the 50 watt panel. I used AM Solar's tape-down feet, combiner box, and 15" tilt bars. I reinstalled the in-line fuse holder in the new combiner box. Installed the fuse and......Wow! What a difference! Instead of straining to see 2.7amps from my old 50 watt panel, it immediately went to the full rated amperage (5.5amps). Still need to put Sikaflex on various places, but enough roof time for one day.....golf clubs are calling.

Next step will be to add another panel, replace Atkinson controller, and re-wire as needed.......next year.

Switching gears toward more storage space by removing second row seats for now......


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Old 10-17-2015, 08:45 AM   #31
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A couple pics of my 100 watt panel upgrade. I did have to add an extension to lift the panel above the bathroom vent. Decided to go ahead and drive screws into the feet/roof, in case the extra torque on the tape made it release.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-17-2015, 09:07 AM   #32
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Looks like a neat job with the 100 watt set-up. We have a new-to-us 1989 Excella and would like to add solar to the unit. Is that something that certain year AS's were pre-wired for and added if the option was selected? If so, what indicators would we look for and wire into? If not any recommendations for solar add-on kits on the market? Thanks...
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:31 AM   #33
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In my view the best source for RV solar systems is AM Solar in Oregon. They offer complete kits that have everything including wiring labels. I used their products to upgrade my Interstate solar to 400 watts.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:17 AM   #34
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AM Solar is definitely tops. While I was installing my 100 watt panel, I had two more panels and controller kit ordered and on their way. Next project for me...
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:35 PM   #35
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I would really like to get a 400 watts upgrade but I'd have to get it installed for me... I imagine is it quite expensive and I can't see making a big upgrade like that before I pay off the spaceship but it would be nice. Solar is the way to go.
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:49 PM   #36
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Here is a pic of our electrical cabinet after our solar upgrade. Bottom left is charge controller which replaced OEM Atkinson Remote Indicator. To the far right is new Magnum Remote Control which replaced the original Magnum ME-RC using a surface mounting bracket. To left of Remote Control is interior propane switch. We increased solar to 200W and replaced batteries with Lifeline CT4 6V batteries which increased capacity by 37.5%. Solar upgrade is the best mod we have done to our RV and we should have done it a long time ago.
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Here is a pic of our electrical cabinet after our solar upgrade. Bottom left is charge controller which replaced OEM Atkinson Remote Indicator. To the far right is new Magnum Remote Control which replaced the original Magnum ME-RC using a surface mounting bracket. To left of Remote Control is interior propane switch. We increased solar to 200W and replaced batteries with Lifeline CT4 6V batteries which increased capacity by 37.5%. Solar upgrade is the best mod we have done to our RV and we should have done it a long time ago.

Nice job! Yes - a few 100 watts of solar solves a lot of the Interstate weaknesses. Just wish Airstream would figure it out and get the solar to at least 200 watts with a good controller.


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Old 12-20-2015, 07:15 PM   #38
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Nice job! Yes - a few 100 watts of solar solves a lot of the Interstate weaknesses. Just wish Airstream would figure it out and get the solar to at least 200 watts with a good controller.


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Airstream need a lot more than a couple hundred watts and a better controller. These are shots of their idea of an 'upgrade' on the new Interstates. Based on what I saw during MY upgrade of this coach, Airstream was better off leaving the single 50 watt hard panel where it was rather than using Go Power's flex panel. There are simply too many things wrong with this installation to detail!!
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:14 AM   #39
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Airstream need a lot more than a couple hundred watts and a better controller. These are shots of their idea of an 'upgrade' on the new Interstates. Based on what I saw during MY upgrade of this coach, Airstream was better off leaving the single 50 watt hard panel where it was rather than using Go Power's flex panel. There are simply too many things wrong with this installation to detail!!
Wow, that looks pretty cheesy. Don't think I'd want that on my coach. Looks like they also relocated the tv antenna?
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