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Old 02-10-2016, 08:50 PM   #43
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The crank-up WineGard antenna was replaced by the WineGard Rayzar automatic antenna. That opened enough roof space for the GS-100 solar panel on the curb side front.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:23 AM   #44
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The photo did not load. Here is the front roof of the 23D showing the WineGard Rayzar antenna and a solar panel here the original crank-up antenna rested when stored. WineGard supplies both a white and silver circular patch disk to cover the hole in the ceiling where the crank mechanism was located.

The Maxim frosted white skylight replaced the factory unit and two MaxxFan 7000K units replaced the Fantastic fans.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:44 PM   #45
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Was it necessary to use the Maxim skylights and fans in order to accommodate the solar panels?

I like the idea of using the WineGard Rayzar antenna.
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Guys, can you please take your discussion to PM, you're dragging it off topic.
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Which brand has the easiest to understand displays and controls for their systems? I hate trying to decipher cryptic interfaces on anything, or having to push 12 buttons just to turn the dang thing off. I'm looking for something that has the clarity of the energy display on the Toyota Prius.
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Which brand has the easiest to understand displays and controls for their systems? I hate trying to decipher cryptic interfaces on anything, or having to push 12 buttons just to turn the dang thing off. I'm looking for something that has the clarity of the energy display on the Toyota Prius.
The battery monitor system from Blue Sky is pretty simple to understand, but is strictly numbers and not pictorial.

Victron has a very nice OLED display but it must be used with one of their inverter/chargers and is still in Beta testing. They do have a nice battery monitor, but I'm not sure if it can be used independently of any ofd their other products.

We are looking hard at the Victron components and expect to be using them in the near future.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:10 AM   #49
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WOW thats a lot of juice.. how much does all that add to vehicle weight overall. Was the magnum installed in the same location as the original 50 amp deal under the front sofa? did you have to enlarge the box thing ? any picture of this install..

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The AM Solar GS-100 panel size (nominally 20 x 40) is what allowed us to mount five on the roof of the 23D and nine (or ten if it will fit when we try that in May) on the roof of the Classic.

We have a Magnum MS-2800 in the Classic with a 600 amp-hour AM Solar lithium battery and a MSH-3000 in the 23D with a 300 amp-hour AM Solar lithium battery. We are using the Magnum ARC-50 control head for both systems.

We are using the Morningstar TriStar 60 MPPT controller in the Classic with it's remote control display and the Blue Sky 3024iL MPPT controller in the 23D with it's IPN Pro Remote.

So far both systems have performed well. We will be attending our first rally with the 23D this weekend which will the first real test off all the systems.
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:13 AM   #50
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The 23D has the dinette layout also seen in the 25' and 27' models. The complete electrical rework is under the street side sofa (has a pull out shelf to make a bed) and dinette seat. The battery is just in front of the street side wheel well and then the BlueSky solar charge controller is mounted just forward of the battery. Next is the furnace and the Magnum is forward of the furnace along with a new 30 amp main breaker and a real automatic transfer switch for the front power inlet.

To the eye, there is no change to the appearance of that furniture group except an extra register for cooling air to the hybrid Magnum MSH-3012.

The scales report all is well ready for camping even with the 15" tire conversion including a spare.
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A SunPower must be making those cells again, becuase these specs: http://www.renogy-store.com/Renogy-E.../rng-100mb.htm on this new Panel from Renogy are very close to the GS100 just a slight weight difference and $60 price difference.

Yes indeed. I just got a reply back from Renology after asking them about differences between their various 100 watt panels. In their response they said the Eclipse panels use the SunPower cells. The Eclipse anels are also roughly 2 pounds heavier because of "high quality tempered glass," which he said would provide better durability and long term quality.
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The 23D has the dinette layout also seen in the 25' and 27' models. The complete electrical rework is under the street side sofa (has a pull out shelf to make a bed) and dinette seat. The battery is just in front of the street side wheel well and then the BlueSky solar charge controller is mounted just forward of the battery. Next is the furnace and the Magnum is forward of the furnace along with a new 30 amp main breaker and a real automatic transfer switch for the front power inlet.



To the eye, there is no change to the appearance of that furniture group except an extra register for cooling air to the hybrid Magnum MSH-3012.



The scales report all is well ready for camping even with the 15" tire conversion including a spare.

We're doing a solar install on our 23d as well, I'm guessing you mounted your monitor on the TV set wall?


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I mounted mine in my 23D's bathroom. We wanted to keep the TV wall clutter free. It is easy to read there.
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I like that! We're using the same remote and will do the same. Thanks!


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Old 03-17-2016, 07:04 AM   #55
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Here is how we mounted the solar controls and ship's clock on hickory mounting surfaces in our 23D. We also converted the dinette top to hickory and installed a hickory flip-up side work surface by the sink.

We put a black power switch to the three cooling exhaust fans (behind the top refrigerator side hatch) to the right of the solar equipment displays and the solar reset button is just right of the television. Above the solar reset button is the control head for the Winegard Rayzar automatic antenna in the space for the factory television signal amplifier.

I was moving the television bracket and discovered it would swing around so one could watch it from the bed.
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