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Old 03-06-2012, 08:55 AM   #29
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Wow...brilliant design, great components and execution! Good for you and thanks for sharing!

We did a less ambitious version using similar components (3 x 100 AM Solar, MS2812, 4 GPL-4CT, Helio 22B), and absolutely love the addititional camping choices we now have! Although, we've learned that camping here in the Pacific Northwest is often under dense tree canopies, so perhaps we'll install another panel like your setup to maximize energy recovery.

Wonder if we can get Lew to Seattle again?
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:44 PM   #30
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Perspectives…..

In no particular order, here are some thoughts on this whole project.

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What a post! Great effort on project and awesome documentation, btw don't think I did not notice the Ferrari in the the last picture of the 4th post of this series, very nice. :-)

One of the best things I had done ( recently) to our house is a solar install, last years electric bill was around $100!
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:46 PM   #31
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What a post! Great effort on project and awesome documentation, btw don't think I did not notice the Ferrari in the the last picture of the 4th post of this series, very nice. :-)

One of the best things I had done ( recently) to our house is a solar install, last years electric bill was around $100!
Sorry Ferrari in last picture of [b]3rd post[b]
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #32
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Great catch on the car! Besides airstreaming, my other passion is driving fast. Here's a better shot of the car, it's a 2009 16M, fun car!Click image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2012, 02:51 PM   #33
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Great catch on the car! Besides airstreaming, my other passion is driving fast. Here's a better shot of the car, it's a 2009 16M, fun car!Attachment 166353
Wow, simply awesome, you ought to post a shot with your AS (photoshop) hooked up with that car in tow mode. :-) I bet that would turn some heads.

Thanks for showing, must be a crazy driving that wonderful machine.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #34
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Great thread!

Thank you for the trouble in laying it all out for the rest of us. A 1990 Silver Streak I've just bought has a factory-installed system. While I don't know what I'll do with it past upgrading components (it works), I'm pleased to read of a system at the outside of what I might someday do. Until this past month I've spent years ignoring solar power threads . . so thanks, again, for adding to what AIR offers the diligent reader.

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Old 03-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #35
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Very nice! I can see your positive and negative running down by your vent to tie into you factory 12v bus bars where your old battery cables used to tie into, did you keep the factory battery disconnect solenoid as a factor in your equation or did you bypass that altogether? Also, with your larger battery bank have you ever tripped your 25amp charge line from your truck, say its a cloudy week and your battery level is very low, and you hitch up and go home. With the truck charge line pushing power to the batteries just wondered if the new large load would cause an excess current to be pulled from your charge line through your 7way port on your truck.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:23 PM   #36
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I can't speak for Hugh, but I tied my solar controller onto the coach side of the battery disconnect. As I also store indoors, I didn't want the solar controller's 0.25 amp quiescent load on the batteries while in storage. Configured this way, the solar controller are isolated from the batteries while in storage.

For those who store outdoors, doesn't really matter. Either tie the solar controller directly to the batteries, so the charger floats the batteries, or tie to the coach-side and just leave the batteries connected.

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So having just purchased the same Int'l 25FB with the 600W inverter and pre-wire but no solar package...
Being completely new to the Solar world and especially in "sunny" Oregon, I am not an EE and have no idea how to "size" solar panels. There are certainly a lot of additional piees to make this mega system work.
What would be about the maximum solar panels I could install without "burning down the house", as those Talking Heads coined?
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Not certain how extensible the "pre-wire" kit is, but on a 25' coach, 300w-400w is straight forward and 500w is achievable. The really good news for you is AM Solar is located outside of Eugene, OR! They are considered by many the best source for RV solar systems.
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I just went to there web site and was pleasantly surprised that they are in Springfield. It is about 10 minutes away! I will make a trip over and discuss with them and see if I can learn something.
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I just went to there web site and was pleasantly surprised that they are in Springfield. It is about 10 minutes away! I will make a trip over and discuss with them and see if I can learn something.
I've checked this thread several times to see if you had a chance to visit AM Solar and your thoughts or plans for your 27FB. I have the same model, and I'm trying to sort out an installation for myself.

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Cris,
I have gone over and visited AM Solar. They seem to be really nice folks! I have been dealing with a number of other small issues on my TV so I have not had time to really work on the solar yet. There are a ton of great posts on this forum and under "chargers. converters, etc" as well. I am thinking that running a very large wire like 2/0 from the roof to the area to the controller to begin with, and then starting relatively small on the roof and building as I need to. I realy need to understand the inverter-charger thing better. If I want to build for the future potential but also size it corectly it seems to be a bit tricky. I was reading that if you use a back-up gennie like the Honda 1000, you can not exceed a 45A inverter-charger. Also it needs to be properly sized for the battery bank you have.
Right now I have only the stock batteries so also mixing different types like adding an AGM is a no-no. I would love to understand if I could keep my 600inverter that is on the trailer put maybe 200W on the roof and figure a way to make that all work with the single stage charger we have. Then as the original batteries get older make the battery switch, and a new 3 stage at that time. After forking out the bucks for the new trailer, spending another pile right now is not so attractive, especially to Loretta
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I figured you would be driving a Tesla. Great post and great classy solar installation. You have raised the bar for off the grid Airstreaming.

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