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Old 03-18-2012, 08:22 PM   #155
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I pick up my 1st Airstream next week... looks like it comes with 16' X 4.5 awning-- I noticed in the photo you posted that you have 2 Awnings... Did you but the 2nd Awning NEW or USED? Any advice there or website you'd recommend?

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Okay... I know it's a little off topic, but with an avatar name like SHAGWAGONTWO I just gotta ask.... have you checked out the Sex in an Airstream thread? Maybe you'll take time to explain if there was a SHAGWAGONONE - even if it was some other brand.

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Old 03-18-2012, 09:08 PM   #156
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I pick up my 1st Airstream next week... looks like it comes with 16' X 4.5 awning-- I noticed in the photo you posted that you have 2 Awnings... Did you but the 2nd Awning NEW or USED? Any advice there or website you'd recommend?

Thanks.... Thomas & Kelly
If you are referring to my photo seen in my Post #10 of this thread, it actually shows the 3 awnings that were included in the Awning Package ordered through my Airstream Dealer and installed by the Airstream Factory at the time of build. (Click on photo twice to see a larger image.)

BTW... Congratulations on your 1st Airstream and Welcome to AirForums!

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:03 AM   #157
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New Go Power Solar panels and regulator

Well....after a busy few weeks. I finally sat down and ordered my new panels...I ordered the 120W and 80W expansions panels and was planning on ordering an additional 80W down the road.
To max out my Airstream- which already has the Factory 110W Go Power system- at 395W which will max my current controller ( 25amp max or 395Watts)

So i placed the order and then get an email that Go Power has come out with not only a new controller ( 30amp max or 450Watts)

But also, a new 145W panel....and they will sell it to me at the same price as the 120W, and its the exact same dimensions....

So now I need to decide what I wanna do...if I want the larger panel and be happy with the gains and not max out my current controller with an additional panel...Or If I go ahead with the larger panel, and the other 80W panel and just spend the money on the new controller?

But then I start thinking about the larger controller, and If I spend an additional $112 dollars and get two 95Watt panels instead of the two 80Watt panels, and give them the green light on the 145W instead of the 120W....Then I would have a 445Watt system that in direct sunlight could pull in 25.9amps per hours based off the ratings.....
Big decisions lol Not sure if I am basing my thoughts on needs or wants at this point....but I have come this far and am looking for opinions...that and if the zombies ever come i should be able to live off the grid


To recap....
My original Plan
110W Factory Panel 6.7amps
120W Panel 7.0amps $611.00
80W Panel 4.6amps $435.00 (2)
395Watts / 22.9 Amps $1481.00


new options
110W Factory Panel 6.7amps
145W Panel 8.2amps $611.00
80W Panel 4.6amps $435.00 (2)
New Regulator $123.00
415Watts /24.1 Amps $1604.00

or.....

110W Factory Panel 6.7amps
145W Panel 8.2amps $611.00
95W Panel 5.1amps $491.00 (2)
New Regulator $123.00
445Watts /25.9 amps $1716.00


any ideas or opinions?
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #158
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mgm, that's a pretty nice looking 2007 Safari that you're hauling behind that beautiful GMC truck. Although you've obviously worked hard to save for these things, I'm guessing it's not about the money. None of your options are cheap, and the price differential is small between them. Buy what you excites you most, and then pick up a high quality AR-15. There's no sense in being able to live off the grid if the zombies are going to eat you anyway! This is about the adventure, the journey, and the fun that comes with it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:12 AM   #159
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Tax Return Ammended- Solar Credit Recieved

Well,

I did a lot of reading and finally went back and ammeneded my 2010 Tax Returns a few months ago and I just got my credit. My original expenses in 2010 were $1808.00 for the purchase and installation of the Panels at Jackson Center, and I received back $542 the 30% the credit is good for on Recreational Vehicles....Not a bad deal at all, and easy to do.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #160
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I recently purchased a 2012 30' Flying Cloud with solar package and 600w inverter. I am curious to know if the panels are still 50watt or if there has been an upgrade; there are two on top of the trailer. Also, when I check the SunExplorer display, what should I expect in terms of power from the solar panels? I live in Michigan... The display has shown up to 6.2 amps today (bright sunny day). My batteries have not shown above 12.9 for voltage, which seems borderline.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #161
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We have a '07 25' Safari SE FB and love it. It gets used heavily. We have the factory installed solar system just like Silver Gate and it's worked great. One our trip to Bodega Bay, CA (great place) a couple weeks ago the battery started losing charge after the sun went down. In the morning it would shoot up to 80%, then lose it all by the next morning. I'm thinking the batteries may be worn out, I've heard they have about a five year life, or maybe a short somewhere. Any suggestions? I'm not fond of the local AS dealer, so would like to check it myself. Thanks, MTStream
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:48 AM   #162
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We have a '07 25' Safari SE FB and love it. It gets used heavily. We have the factory installed solar system just like Silver Gate and it's worked great. One our trip to Bodega Bay, CA (great place) a couple weeks ago the battery started losing charge after the sun went down. In the morning it would shoot up to 80%, then lose it all by the next morning. I'm thinking the batteries may be worn out, I've heard they have about a five year life, or maybe a short somewhere. Any suggestions? I'm not fond of the local AS dealer, so would like to check it myself. Thanks, MTStream
If they're five years old, they're probably toast. A good converter or being careful not to overcharge them can extend the life, but let's face it: it's not going to work miracles, and you can usually count on replacing car batteries every 5 years or so, too.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:09 AM   #163
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High all,

We have a '07 25' Safari SE FB and love it. It gets used heavily. We have the factory installed solar system just like Silver Gate and it's worked great. One our trip to Bodega Bay, CA (great place) a couple weeks ago the battery started losing charge after the sun went down. In the morning it would shoot up to 80%, then lose it all by the next morning. I'm thinking the batteries may be worn out, I've heard they have about a five year life, or maybe a short somewhere. Any suggestions? I'm not fond of the local AS dealer, so would like to check it myself. Thanks, MTStream
Concur with previous comment. Its important that batteries are replaced with same "vintage" batteries (same month/year stamp). Other considerations are that your solar output is matched with both your amp-hour energy needs and the battery bank amp-hour storage capacity.

Also, many solar charge controllers these days can be programed for the various types of batteries (flooded, AGM, etc.) - so be sure that the charge controller is programmed correctly should you choose to replace your array with a different type of battery. Just some thoughts...
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:51 AM   #164
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Time to replace your batteries

Hi MTStream... Last year I replaced our factory installed Lifeline batteries when I noticed they were not holding onto their charge as long as they used to.

Shop around for a good price and install them yourself. See details in my AirForums post, "How I Changed my Lifeline AGM batteries".

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Yes, still 53 watts per panel on our factory install and 600 watts on the factory inverter ...
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When I install solar I would like to upgrade the prewired 10 ga to 6 or even 4 ga. Is it possible to pull the new wire using the preinstalled 10 ga wire?
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Not new to Airstreaming, but picking up my new 27 FB Classic limited this weekend.

The coach has the factory installed solar package, what should I look for during the orientation by the dealer relative to the solar system and monitor panel?

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Thanks to those who replied. I'm now off looking for the best battery deal. MTStream
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