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Old 08-24-2014, 08:20 AM   #1219
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When everyone sees my Airstream they all comment on how HUGE it is, that's until I show them a photo from my 1st camping trip parked in between to 40' SOB 5th wheels. Then the Airstream looks like a Matchbox!
Have fun at the 'Burn'!

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Old 08-26-2014, 01:27 AM   #1220
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Derek, you should be here at Burning Man with us! We are on the playa at BM. Woke up this morning to lightning, thunder and hail. Neighbor is kind enough to be providing wifi...imagine that way out here in the desert! MH is working flawlessly.


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Derek, you should be here at Burning Man with us! We are on the playa at BM. Woke up this morning to lightning, thunder and hail. Neighbor is kind enough to be providing wifi...imagine that way out here in the desert! MH is working flawlessly.


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Sounds like the dust and heat should be down.


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:22 PM   #1222
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Yes, so far temps are perfect and no wind nor dust!


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Old 09-01-2014, 10:47 PM   #1223
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Burning Man 2014, another successful trip! Only issue on the trip this year was a rotted fuel return hose from the mechanical pump to the hard line. I replaced those lines only a year ago so didn't have any extra fuel line with me...mistake of course. I cut out a section from the genset fuel feed. Got home with no other problems!


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Old 09-05-2014, 10:29 PM   #1224
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:40 PM   #1225
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Can't wait to get the MH out there again...soon!
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I am guessing the clear plastic drop behind you is so the Dash A/C is functional instead of blowing cold air a few inches.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:45 PM   #1227
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I am guessing the clear plastic drop behind you is so the Dash A/C is functional instead of blowing cold air a few inches.
Yes! Someone on the forum had mentioned that they do this...thanks to that person! This really did help out. I bought a $5 clear shower curtain and some Velcro. I didn't want to do anything permanent nor spend a lot of money before I tried this out. The Velcro tape didn't stick well, but it was good enough for the trip to Nevada and back. I will try to figure something out to be able to do this again.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:03 PM   #1228
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Maybe I haven't been reading enough about your Burning Man preparations, but am I seeing a solar panel set-up on trailer behind your Airstream? Was it able to keep your batteries topped off without having to use genset? At least until roof air was needed?

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Old 09-11-2014, 09:55 AM   #1229
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Glad you made it home ok.

We did too.

It was nice to meet you.


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Old 09-12-2014, 03:41 PM   #1230
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Glad you made it home ok.

We did too.

It was nice to meet you.


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Hello JD,

Alex and I both want to say hi to you and your wife! Thank you so much for stopping by and introducing yourselves. We really enjoyed meeting you. Glad you got home safe and sound. Other then the fuel hose, it was smooth sailing for us. I'm glad I have as part of my checklist to do a under chassis inspection with engine running. I was leaking so much fuel that it would have caught fire and we would have had to declare it as a burning art piece! Hope to see you folks again some day!

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Old 09-12-2014, 04:14 PM   #1231
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Maybe I haven't been reading enough about your Burning Man preparations, but am I seeing a solar panel set-up on trailer behind your Airstream? Was it able to keep your batteries topped off without having to use genset? At least until roof air was needed?

Thanks, Derek

I've been using the solar panels for a couple years now when we go to BM and Yosemite. A couple years ago, Costco was selling this unit from Coleman. It is a 65 watt system.

If I had the money, I would have myself a 300 watt system and if I had just a little bit of money, I would have as a minimum system 150 watts. But this was inexpensive and it is still working!

This 65 watt system provides about 3 amps when panels are clean and in direct sun light. My MH with basically nothing running but the refrigerator electronics, propane leak detector and well I don't think anything else, requires about 1.5 amps. In that situation, the system will then only be charging the coach batts at 1.5 amps per hour. Not enough to charge batts from much of any a discharged state.

I'm guessing that throughout a day/night, I use about 30+ amps and that is with very little usage of MH lights, water pump and the fans ( up to three of them). If the panels got a good ten hours of sun light, that would only give me about 15 amps of charging over the basic amp requirements.

I bring with me a Yamaha 2000 portable generator and when I'm at Yosemite, I probably run it about three hours a day total to keep the coach batts charged. At BM, I'm running the Yamaha a lot! Everyone does, so no need for me to fret. I have 110v led string lights and a "small" boom box that I use a lot as well as run the interior fans when there is no dust clouds visible. I have another batt and an inverter on my flat trailer. I charge this batt with the generator too. But, I discovered this trip that that batt will no long charge, so I used the generator a bit more this year.

I used about 5 gallons of gas for the Yamaha 2000 over the week. No problem since I brought an extra 25 gallons of gas with me. I think the Yamaha burns about a gallon every 8 hours, where the Onan genset I believe burns about a gallon an hour.

I did use the Onan genset twice so that we could run the rood A/C to cool down the MH on two late afternoons. Hell why not, the super rich millionaires at BM have electricity 24 hours a day and run their A/Cs 24 hours a day! At the higher altitude, the genset runs pretty rough until it's warmed up and I finally adjusted the mixture screw so it wasn't pumping out so much black smoke!

Speaking of batteries, my iPad I'd about to die so I'll post this and maybe add more later.


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My solar panel mount...

Nothing fancy nor expensive here. I manually turn the panels toward the sun throughout the day. I use my tie downs to secure it against the wind.
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