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Old 08-27-2010, 04:15 PM   #15
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Tony,

Our dealer unbolted the battery & lifted it out of the frame, turned it 90 degrees and placed another battery beside it. It's tight but it fits! It sits sideways on top of the battery rails and they placed a piece of wood underneath for support. I'll try to take a photo tomorrow and send it to you.

You'll love the Sport 22. We considered solar, but we found so many uses for the generator besides just the AirStream that we decided to go that route. Plus, we never stay in one place for long, so our truck keeps it well charged and we haven't even needed the generator yet!

If you buy a generator, I would recommend the Honda 2000i Companion series. With an adapter, you can plug it right into the 30 amp cord on your trailer and it will run EVERYTHING but the A/C unit.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:31 PM   #16
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We are seriously considering the Sport 22FB. How do you like it after using it a while? Also how was the 2 battery upgrade done...had the dealer look at putting solar panel on it and they said they could upgrade the battery but not room for 2...
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We have only stayed in our AS for 3 nights so far, but loved every minute of it. The only lingering problem is the noisy fresh water pump(I am still trying to quiet it). We only have one battery but we do not plan on much off the grid camping
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:00 PM   #17
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Dual Battery Setup on Sport 22 FB

Here are the photos of the dual battery setup on our Sport 22 FB:


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Old 08-28-2010, 04:41 PM   #18
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Gary Congrats on the 22 ft Sport. I did not succeed in buying from Woodland. But I can relate a good experience with them. I emailed them about a unit several yrs ago. They said they had it and would be glad to show it that weekend. On Friday I got a call from the salesman (dont remember his name) he said Please dont come, we lost the keys and are not able to show the unit. Thus saving me a trip all the way from Ohio.
Nice people. They were thinkin of the customer.
Now we know where you are Please feel free to join in any of activities here with us in Ohio. There are a few of us that camp together occasionally. I think the next is a buddy rally at WP and the Museum of the United States Air force in Oct. Check the left hand pane for the Dates.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #19
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Dual Battery Setup

Thanks for the pictures I will implement on the 2008 Safari Sprot 22 I plan to buy.

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Old 09-03-2010, 06:34 AM   #20
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Tony,

It's well worth it! Definitely a very inexpensive mod that you will be very happy with... Good Luck!
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:05 PM   #21
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Gary,

Congratulations! My wife and I picked up our Flying Cloud last weekend from BT Campers in Wentzville, MO. They had at least one of their service techs with us for almost 4 hours. They covered everything from front to rear, installed a weight distribution hitch, and took us on a test drive.

It sounds like it is a common practice for Airstream dealers to spend time with us after a purchase. We felt it was a better, more relaxed environment than buying a car. We did have a few minor speed bumps, but an overall good experience. Everyone at the dealership was great.

Now we need to plan a weekend get away...
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:59 PM   #22
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Picking up 2011 Sport 22FB next week

I'm picking up a new Sport 22fb next week and am having your dual battery setup intalled by the dealer. Was going to go with a solar panel on the roof but there is very little room there and you have to drill a hole for it...the refirgerator vent is not on the top in this model. So I will wait till after the 2yr waranty is out before I go with a panel if I do then. I am looking at using a batteryminder with solar panel and charge controller to maintain the batteries while I have it stored and while it is parked.

This should be a good setup. I am hoping to upgrade the batteries to AGMs for the maintenance free aspects and the longer life.

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:40 PM   #23
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Tony, good for you... You can also buy solar panel units that come with a stand that you would need to setup every time you use it. I would run with the dual battery setup for awhile to see if you really need to spend the money on solar.
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Congratulations! My wife and I picked up our Flying Cloud last weekend from BT Campers in Wentzville, MO. They had at least one of their service techs with us for almost 4 hours. They covered everything from front to rear, installed a weight distribution hitch, and took us on a test drive.

It sounds like it is a common practice for Airstream dealers to spend time with us after a purchase. We felt it was a better, more relaxed environment than buying a car. We did have a few minor speed bumps, but an overall good experience. Everyone at the dealership was great.

Now we need to plan a weekend get away...
Now you need to join the Air Midwest group I'm Branson MO on Oct1-3. It's a great group and they can answer questions etc. Here is the link

Airstream Forums - AIR Midwest Rally, BRANSON WEST, MISSOURI

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