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Old 05-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #183
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this is the unit in my trailer...
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #184
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Mine is a Sunexplorer and when trailer is out in sun it says charg no number on charge amps display and on solar amp hours display it says 0. So why is it not working. Or has anybody else had this problem is there something that I need to adjust or look at. Thanks for any help.
Others have had this problem, see post #103 of this thread. Things to have checked out: the charge controller, wiring, and display monitor.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:21 AM   #185
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Thanks for help will check out controller next
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:37 AM   #186
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It is quite nice to have all of the wiring hidden in the interior walls from the factory ...
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:49 AM   #187
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Gave up on trying to fit 31xt batteries in my battery box, with the cables, it just seemed too tight. I think they could be jammed in, but I went the easy route and replaced them with 24t's. Followed Silver Gate's great detailed instructions and it went perfectly. Thanks again for all the help. Bill
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:51 AM   #188
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Hi Corky,

We are the provider of all the solar modules to Airstream. Just curious, did you request them to use the GP-RV-110 solar kit? Typically, Airstream installs our 50 watt solar modules. The GP-RV-110 is a great kit and will provide you with double the power.


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I have a 2006 Safari with factory installed solar. My configuration has only 1 53 watt solar panel and 2 AGM batteries. Could a second panel be added (of course if space is available) to the existing config and would any down stream supporting electronic devices need to be replace/upgraded?

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:32 PM   #189
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I have a 2006 Safari with factory installed solar. My configuration has only 1 53 watt solar panel and 2 AGM batteries. Could a second panel be added (of course if space is available) to the existing config and would any down stream supporting electronic devices need to be replace/upgraded?

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According to his profile, The user whose post you quoted has not visited Airforums since making that post nearly a year ago. Perhaps if you sent him a private message via the forums, he may get an email of your message, or If you click on his username to the left of the post you quoted, you will see a link to send him an email. Hopes this helps,

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Old 01-25-2014, 03:03 PM   #190
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Tsunami,

I think the answer to your question is that everything downstream should be fine but you should look at the solar charge controller and be sure that its rating is sufficient. When I was shopping for a new controller even the smallest ones can handlee two 53 watt panels.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:39 PM   #191
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My '28 airstream FC is in order with a build date of 4/1. I was all set to include the solar but dealer told me to hold off and get an aftermarket
I am still torn, I know the up charge is steep but I wonder if the peace of mind knowing it is all factory installed and covered by airstream is worth it.
I need to make final decision this week to get it included.
Dealer is working up three options
1. All factory (list is $2900)
2. factory controller and dealer installed solar panels.
3. Dealer installed aftermarket system

Those who have done all factory would you do it again?
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:15 PM   #192
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Hard to guess exactly what system a dealer might install so it is hard to advise. We only have a 16' Bambi but it has the factory system and it works fine. The controller Airstream uses has enough reserve capacity that I even added a connection for more panels when we are parked off grid. Works great...I would not hesitate to purchase the factory system again...especially when the warranty is nationwide. If you ever have a falling out with your dealer who will provide warranty work?
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:18 PM   #193
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We have the factory system and like it very much. It is plenty for our conservative use (lights, entertainment system, furnace fan) with propane supplying the other energy needs (fridge, water heater, furnace heat, range). We no longer carry a generator on our frequent cross-country tours.

The factory system (includes two Lifeline AGM batteries) is expensive but it is nicely installed and covered under the warranty. Many have said it is a relatively small system and you can get more for the money elsewhere. Probably, but we like ours.

Our Airstream was in stock with all options, which we did not think we wanted. If we bought again we would have all of them as well as a ProPride/Hensley hitch installed. They add a great deal to our use and enjoyment of the Airstream. We watch our spending and managed this extra cost by buying a more basic, well-matched tow vehicle.

Although list price is $2900 you should be able to negotiate this down considerably. Unless the dealer is making a fat profit installing them.
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Yes, we would do it again!

We still have and enjoy our factory-installed solar charging system. It meets our needs during non-hookup camping (water pump, FanTastic Fans, stove fan, refrigerator fan, led lights, stereo, etc.). On most days our two AGM batteries are back to 100% by mid-morning. Even on cloudy days, some power is produced by our solar panels.

See records below made during our last non-hookup camping trip to the mountains last October. (See the full story in "Snug as a bug in a safari" and "Airstream Safari trip notes".
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Thanks for the post. We also have the factory solar install. however we have never used it for longer than overnight. (not much sun then )

I will be examining your log.

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Hard to guess exactly what system a dealer might install so it is hard to advise. We only have a 16' Bambi but it has the factory system and it works fine. The controller Airstream uses has enough reserve capacity that I even added a connection for more panels when we are parked off grid. Works great...I would not hesitate to purchase the factory system again...especially when the warranty is nationwide. If you ever have a falling out with your dealer who will provide warranty work?
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