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Old 06-26-2018, 10:23 AM   #1
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Just ordered a 2019 25FB Twin Signature with factory solar. Are there any easy inexpensive upgrades that I can do that well help it run better?

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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Congratulations!

What do you consider inexpensive? And could you narrow the definition of "run better"?

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I read that the controller sucks. So maybe swap that out. $500 budget if necessary. We never camp with shore power, but get plenty of sunlight in Colorado. Only high wattage device would be a small Kuerig, TV, and maybe run the furnace occasionally.

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In addition I would look at getting the batteries upgraded. If AGM you should be good but see what deals you can get for lithium-ion (would require additional battery management depending on battery). We just got our 2018 20' FC and I probably would've purchased solar, we purchased 2 Renogy suitcases. We also bought 2 6v AGM batteries. Another add-on or have them do if you're not handy would be look at hot water on demand (if not boon docking a lot), 4G LTE enhancer i.e. WeBoost and bike rack. Also look at the hitch, try and get at least a good anti-sway weight distribution hitch added (Blue Ox or ProPride, depending on budget). Do your homework on the hitches as there are many different opinions and price goes from $500 - $2700.

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Or possibly...

.....delete the 'factory option' and go with an AM Solar(Lew Farber here on forums), aftermarket system. Much better choice. 👍

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... or delete the factory option and install it yourself and save a bundle. You can select an MPPT controller and battery monitor and install much more power on the roof for less than what Airstream is proposing. Airstream provides all the pre-wiring for an easy DIY installation.
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If you go AM Solar, who installs the system? What would labor cost?
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If you go AM Solar, who installs the system? What would labor cost?
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I highly recommend Lew. Pro. He set us up with a small system for boondocking. Couple new batteries, couple solar panels. Stuff like that. Works great!

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Wulf that looks so nice and neat. We've met Lew at a seminar great guy.
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What does a system like that cost?
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Hi

Simple answer: The factory solar option has been pretty much the same for several years. You can upgrade the controller and get another 5 to 10% out of the system. That will run you a couple hundred dollars. It can also add cool features like logging and a phone based app.

Best way to "improve" the system - add another panel and keep the existing controller. That adds another 50% to the output.

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What does a system like that cost?


It’s quite an investment if you want true independence from the grid without giving up all of the amenities of shore power including the ability to run the Air Con off the batteries.

The two victron 300ah batteries are about $8k alone. Those are just two bits in a long list of equipment. Install was about 70 hours of professional services.

I would add that after the dust settles you can claim back 30% of total expenses in a renewable energy tax credit on your federal filing as the trailer is considered a second property. So that helps take some of the edge off.
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I currently have 2 Trojan T-105 6 volt batteries in my old trailer that are about 2 years old. Would those work well with adding 4x100 watt panels and a Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100/30?


Also, how much time do I have to make changes like deleting a factory option from an order? I just placed my deposit and order Monday.
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