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Old 03-11-2013, 12:03 AM   #15
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The Los Angeles dealer installed a solar panel on the roof of a 19' airstream which could top up the battery.
Was that the AS dealer? Which one?
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #16
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Airstream Los Angeles service manager is Gregg. I think it was a 145 watt unit.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #17
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Has anyone here installed a solar panel on their Bambi 19? I'm exploring solar solutions for our recently purchased 2013 International Bambi 19.

We're dry campers.....most of the time. I'm wondering if a panel large enough to keep the two 12v group 24 batteries charged is possible on a Bambi.
I had AM Solar of Springfield OR. install solar on my 19' Bambi. The install included two panel that generate 150 watts. I also upgraded the batteries to 600 amp hours. Here is a list of the major components.

Solar power controller, HPV-22B
RV100 Watt panel
RV50 Watt panel
2 each, GPL-6C Lifeline 300 Amp-Hour, 6 Volt AGM Batteries
Custom battery box

The install took a full day and we stayed at their facility for two nights while they did the work. Here is their web site URL; www.amsolar.com I have been very happy with with the quality system and have never gone below 50% of my available 600 amp battery reserve. I recommend that you check them out.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:11 PM   #18
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I have a 2009 19ft International Signature. Colonial AS I installed two 60w panels and Zamp controller. On sunny days, I pull in better than 6 amps. I run a CPAP all night, and it charges back up during the day. A lot of dry camping.

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Old 03-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #19
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I had AM Solar of Springfield OR. install solar on my 19' Bambi. The install included two panel that generate 150 watts. I also upgraded the batteries to 600 amp hours. Here is a list of the major components.

Solar power controller, HPV-22B
RV100 Watt panel
RV50 Watt panel
2 each, GPL-6C Lifeline 300 Amp-Hour, 6 Volt AGM Batteries
Custom battery box

The install took a full day and we stayed at their facility for two nights while they did the work. Here is their web site URL; Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987 I have been very happy with with the quality system and have never gone below 50% of my available 600 amp battery reserve. I recommend that you check them out.
Would you happen to have a photo of the roof showing the panels?
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:42 PM   #20
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No problem, I can post some pictures on Monday evening.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:50 PM   #21
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No problem, I can post some pictures on Monday evening.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:41 AM   #22
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Thanks.
Here are the pictures of the major components of my system, panels on the roof, battery box mod to accommodate the two deep cell batteries and the charge controller

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I know this is some months old, so I'm hoping that everyone contributing to this is subscribed and will see this. If so, I'd be curious as to the total cost of the units mentioned above. With and/or without labor?? Thanks!!
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:55 AM   #24
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I know this is some months old, so I'm hoping that everyone contributing to this is subscribed and will see this. If so, I'd be curious as to the total cost of the units mentioned above. With and/or without labor?? Thanks!!
Total cost was $3,014.60, labor was $975.00
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I have solar at home and I'm thinking of putting solar on my. 2012 19 foot flying cloud, what I have learned from at home the cheapest way is to conserve,use high efficient light,appliances etc such as led lighting ,led t.v. ,, the roof of a 19 foot trailer doesn't have much space to install panels ,the factory installs a 53watt panel it's not much but it can keep your batteries charged while not using the trailer and if you get a mppt charge controller such as midnite solar (the kid) this charge controller can get the most out of any solar panel and will get the most life out of your batteries by doing bulk charge ,absorb charge and float charge ,also you can do the most important charge cycle equalize charge used to equalize all cells in the batterie and to prevent batterie sulfation by stirring up the acid , don't get me wrong 53 watt solar panel can do a lot if exposed to the sun at correct angle , I run a 60 watt panel at a remote cabin and it runs all my lights ,charges cell phones ,laptops,runs a small t.v, electric shaver, but you must conserve also you must have at least two deep cycle batteries, and don't run them below 50% charge or you will shorten there life! and if you have a cloudy day power is drastically reduced!but a 53 watt panel will be great it will extend the life of your batteries ,will protect them from freezing witch could damage them if discharged and exposed to freezing temp by keeping them charged , at home I have 1260 watts of panels ,12 glass mat deep cycle batteries, a 3600 watt pure sine inverter,a midnite solar 96 amp charge controller and on a good sunny day it produces over 10 kilowatts per hour . Witch runs almost everything in the house but heavy appliances on 220 volt. Also I mentioned the charge controller mppt from midnite solar (the kid )it can charge 12 volt to 48 volt batteries and also you can hook up your solar panels in series for higher voltages means smaller wires can be used so you don't have to rewire you trailer, that's if it is prewired for solar also smaller wire gauge saves on cost of wire ,and higher voltage means longer wire runs with same wire size,less voltage drop for higher voltage.
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Not to get off the subject of solar panels but I noticed you have stabilizer bars on your 19' ???. I just bought a 2005 - 19' and have not had it out on the road yet other then the 75 mile trip bringing it home. It towed fine, really no swaying but it was not that windy either. Did you have a particuler reason for getting them?



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That is a Hensley Cub anti-sway hitch that offers safety and peace of mind when towing. It's just an addition level of safety. Just Google Hensley Cub for additional information on anti-sway towing.
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Not to get off the subject of solar panels but I noticed you have stabilizer bars on your 19' ???. I just bought a 2005 - 19' and have not had it out on the road yet other then the 75 mile trip bringing it home. It towed fine, really no swaying but it was not that windy either. Did you have a particuler reason for getting them?
I've used them on a variety of trailers over the years and have noticed increased stability under quick braking, down hills and in the wind, natural and semi truck induced. If properly setup and adjusted, they distribute the weight evenly between the front and rear axels of your tow vehicle, for better handling and tire wear.

I recently switched to the Equalizer brand WD system on my 2014 23D. Pricer than Huskey and other chain based systems but more effective and much more convenient to hook/unhook. Equalizer has built-in sway control.
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