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Old 03-17-2015, 05:16 AM   #57
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First time I've read this very interesting thread.
Lots of good tech info but not one word about aesthetics.
Am I the only one here who finds all that paraphernalia attached to the roof very unattractive? Kind of like the cellular antennas on water towers. It's nice to have the service but they sure are ugly.


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Old 03-17-2015, 11:36 AM   #58
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And that's one more reason I went with a portable setup, pull them out of closet when needed. Love the option for use may not be for all.

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Old 03-17-2015, 11:47 AM   #59
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You can barely even see mine on the roof of the Airstream. The A/C and Vent covers stick up and are way more noticeable in my opinion. On an older Airstream it might be more visible.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #60
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I'm a ham radio operator. Lots of antennas in the roof is perfectly normal. Solar panels, neatly installed, really look fine compared to the bulky A/C unit, the TV antenna, and all the other stuff up there. Besides, I'm not to enough to see all that stuff--I'm only 5 foot 12!

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Old 03-18-2015, 10:37 AM   #61
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There is an installation video from a sponsored project from GoPower Solar at 1960 Airstream Ambassador Blog! | Hosted by The Vintage Airstream Podcast
Installation of their product on an Airstream that is interesting. Looking a bit more I was recommended towards AM Solar and have an estimate of a 3 panels @ 135W each as complete install for about $4200 in California.
Lewster has some advice on power loss from panels that is interesting and recommends the AM Solar as more efficient in that regard. Generators do work, wonder why Airstream does not offer an installation unit?

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