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Old 08-28-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Solar question Zamp system

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I am thinking if getting a solar system and the Bay Area dealer sells the Zamp Solar System.
For 100 watt system it costs 1,650.
For 200 watt system it costs 2,950.

This seems high, anyone have experience on this system or know if a private installer in Bay Area calif.??
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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Lemur do a search in the forum. Lots of opinions on solar installs. And most installers seem to do a poor job when it comes to Airstreams based on the posts in the forums. Undersized wiring, not using easy paths since they really don't know AS, drilling un-needed holes through the aluminum. That price for 200 watts also sounds pretty high.

Check out pricing for components at Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987. You can get a good comparison.

Also the sizing really depends on you intended use. Just topping off batteries to serious off grid boondocking makes a difference in requirements.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #3
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Hello
I am thinking if getting a solar system and the Bay Area dealer sells the Zamp Solar System.
For 100 watt system it costs 1,650.
For 200 watt system it costs 2,950.

This seems high, anyone have experience on this system or know if a private installer in Bay Area calif.??
Thanks
Personally I think the Zamp stuff is over priced and a bit overrated. I bought my setup from Renogy and did the install myself (not on an Airstream). I actually have two of their setups. The RV installed one and a portable 100 watt "suitcase" setup. I use the suitcase for when the RV is under trees, or I need the extra wattage. It also comes in handy on the farm for charging batteries on remote equipment.

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Old 08-28-2015, 05:01 PM   #4
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Both Gary Haynes and I are fans of AM Solar. My '15 Classic has 600W of solar for much less than what Zamp charges for 200W. So if it's price=value, you have to make your own call.
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Old 08-29-2015, 11:54 AM   #6
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Maybe I'm a bit late to the table on this topic, but we had Bay Area Airstream install a 100 watt ZAMP panel on our 2014, and they did a very nice job, and do indeed know ASs being one of the largest dealers in the state. We shortly learned thereafter that solar does little good when camped in the redwoods or somewhere sun is in short supply. Consequently we purchased an additional 120 watt unregulated portable ZAMP panel and had it wired through the existing controller (by the way not a cheap project). This way if we're parked under a tree the portable can be located in the sun. The "mounted" 100 watt works great by itself, the two together are amazing.

Some on the forum don't favor ZAMP and prefer XYX brand, because that is what they have and what they know, its kind of the same thing as the never-ending- time-honored debates over the best hitch set-up, the best tires, the best size trailer, the best tow vehicle, the best... well you get the picture. It all gets to be a bit too much, most all of us have an opinion on most everything. (obviously this is mine)

We are very happy with our ZAMP system as are many of our Airstreamin' friends; perhaps we just don't know any better; ignorance is bliss you know?

BAA is a very reputable dealer- talk to Ben or Jim in parts, I believe they won't lead you astray.
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Maybe I'm a bit late to the table on this topic, but we had Bay Area Airstream install a 100 watt ZAMP panel on our 2014, and they did a very nice job, and do indeed know ASs being one of the largest dealers in the state. We shortly learned thereafter that solar does little good when camped in the redwoods or somewhere sun is in short supply. Consequently we purchased an additional 120 watt unregulated portable ZAMP panel and had it wired through the existing controller (by the way not a cheap project). This way if we're parked under a tree the portable can be located in the sun. The "mounted" 100 watt works great by itself, the two together are amazing.

Some on the forum don't favor ZAMP and prefer XYX brand, because that is what they have and what they know, its kind of the same thing as the never-ending- time-honored debates over the best hitch set-up, the best tires, the best size trailer, the best tow vehicle, the best... well you get the picture. It all gets to be a bit too much, most all of us have an opinion on most everything. (obviously this is mine)

We are very happy with our ZAMP system as are many of our Airstreamin' friends; perhaps we just don't know any better; ignorance is bliss you know?

BAA is a very reputable dealer- talk to Ben or Jim in parts, I believe they won't lead you astray.
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We bought 120w portable Zamp panels for about $520 at an RV show. Bought it direct from the company rep. I have his contact info somewhere. I use this to supplement my AS installs solar system. All works great.
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We bought 160 watt solar from BAAS for about $1,800. Maybe the prices have gone up since then. Always have been happy with the service and expertise of BAAS. Just returning from a trip to Canada for two weeks where it was cloudy and rainy all day. Not enough direct sun to recharge the batteries. Glad I brought along a generator for supplement. In sunny CA never have had a problem with the solar.


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If this is what places are charging, I've got to get into the solar installation business.
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I had my Zamp (150 watt) installed by the dealer for $1200, MUCH less than the listed price. Negotiate!

That said, you can buy the system for under $800 if memory serves. Look at some of the tutorials on installing hard panels with 3M tape, I believe AM Solar made them. I'm happy with my Zamp system, and have the 80 watt portable, too.

On a different forum, a few people have had multiple failures with the Renogy flex panels. Renogy is doing a good job of standing behind the product, but I believe they have suspended sales on the flex panels. Their hard panels get good reviews. They sound like a quality outfit, based on reports of their customer support.
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We installed our own system with a kit from AM Solar. It works very well. The only thing we messed up was using rivets to install the panel mounts. I've apologized to Lewster for that one....😖


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This is an old topic, but I'm reviving it because I just called AM Solar and was quoted a price of $8K to install solar on our 2013 Airstream Classic. This is for 400 watts and everything else, I think even the kitchen sink. He did say $4700 for just the solar and monitor system, parts and labor.

Anyway, obviously I'm asking the wrong questions. Our main interest is getting solar for battery charging while storing our trailer. But we'd like to take it a step further and start boondocking more often, especially now that we're planning on taking it out more often (retirement is looming up ahead).

I sent a message to lewster, hoping to hear from him soon. But as I continued to search the forums for information, I came across this thread. Thanks for letting me bring it back to life.

Appreciate your comments.
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