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Old 04-09-2015, 12:05 AM   #43
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If I had installed the factory inverter and solar system in our Classic, all those components would have been removed and trashed and the wiring not used when we installed the large system. It would be possible to acquire at least two and perhaps three times the solar wattage and appropriate equipment with properly sized wiring for the charges of those two factory options. Plus the owner gets to determine where the control head will be located.

On our queen bed 25FB, the dealer installed the Zamp solar controller right beside my wife's face in the cabinet beside the bed. As soon as the sun came up, it started blinking and would awaken her. They could have mounted it two feet higher at eye level when standing and it would have been less intrusive.

Perhaps improper dealer installation caused the 155 watt solar panel on our 25FB to not work properly, but in full clear sky daylight, it would not bring the standard factory batteries to a full charge (lucky to see 90%) after the furnace ran during the night and brought the batteries down to 50% per the Zamp control head. So we had to run one of the 2000 watt Honda generators to top the battery up. The factory installed 600 watt inverter (changed to a 1,000 watt model later in the 2013 model year) would not even run our toaster, so the generator had to be run for most anything that drew more than a few watts of power.

The devil is in the details as to whether the installation works properly or not. Many Airstream dealers totally lack the knowledge to properly install a really sophisticated solar system and the customer ends up disappointed in the performance, but lacks the knowledge to ascertain it was due to installation errors.
Lou... if you ordered a new AS today, with no factory solar or inverter options... would you drive to Texas to remedy the situation? Or could it be well-remedied here in AZ?

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Old 04-11-2015, 08:52 AM   #44
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I would do what I did before. I went to a recommended AM Solar system installer who knew what they were doing. This was a too large and expensive of a project for any outfit without large system installation experience.

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