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Old 03-17-2008, 07:17 PM   #29
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Don, did you do the installation? I've heard horror stories about locating pre-placed solar wiring, and the idea of cutting into our CCD's interior aluminum panels to install the control panel seems a bit unnerving. Some people like AM Solar in Oregon, so maybe it would be worth a trip to have them install one of their kits.

Anyone have any experience with the Airstream factory solar package? We'll be at Jackson Center in May.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:21 PM   #30
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...Anyone have any experience with the Airstream factory solar package? ...
hi otters...

the answer 2 your question is YES.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tem-35476.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...lar-35844.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...elp-32525.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ccd-29469.html

the factory supplied system is adequate, and they certainly know where the wiring is located.

the a/s packages are pricey for the components, but i do really like the lifeline agm batteries they supply.

a solar vendor is likely to have better prices, better components and more options for a solar package.

i'm satisfied with the factory kit, but after 3 years will be upgrading it... and probably not in j/c.

many of the vendors specializing in solar have booklets on the basics, explain how to do an 'energy audit', have detail component lists and so on...



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Old 03-17-2008, 10:13 PM   #31
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I agree with what you said, 2air'. Can you explain why you will need to upgrade the factory system after 3 years (I presume you have 2 x 53-watt panels, 2xAGM batteries, and controller)?? Also, where are you located (eastcoasters seem to need more solar capability to cope with trees and overcast)??
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weak components...

-there are better charge controllers (any of the 3 stage version) and will need one rated for higher amps with additional panels and batteries.

-the sunexplorer solar monitor display is inadequate (provides little info) compared to better display units.

so the above bits need to be upgraded. even with no add ons.

-also i'd like more storage capacity than 2 batteries so 4 is likely

-and more collecting capacity than 53x2...and some 'tilting' potential with added panels, probably 230 watts more.

as 4 location, i'm all over the place and seldom east of the big river.

i think it all depends on power needs, usage, how much time off the grid, and location.

IF you read through the links (above) MANY are very satisfied with the factory solar package.

also IF you follow richL's weblog over on a/s life, you see how a full timer with kids does solar.

i understand the reluctance to cut holes, attach things to the roof and mess with the wiring...

that's why solar shops exist. find one that does rv (and a/s) near home.

besides the FACTORY INSTALLED system is done DURING production on assembly line.

go back later with a trailer to add solar, and the SERVICE DEPARTMENT does the install...

they are good but, it isn't done exactly the same way (or same techs) and really is no different than having any GOOD rv service dept do it...

otoh u might be very happen with the j/c end result and price.

IF you spend much time in socal or the desert southwest, i'd look for a shop there.

in fact that's what i'm planning to do soon.

there are lots of tidbits in the solar subforum.

i read a few threads, do the online stuff and slowly digest what's important.

after it's tweaked i'll post the details and pix

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Old 03-21-2008, 11:51 PM   #33
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Gone solar!

Just installed (3) Kyocera KC130's (2) with tilt, and a Morningstar sunsaver controlor. 4 G27 12V batteries. 2air is right about the southwest, anything solar, whether part, advice or doodad is just down the block. I installed mine while in the desert, well installing, it's almost complete, worked by the moonlight tonight ! Will report back!

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A while back on Discovery Channel or TLC there was a show on solar. They featured a company that came up with a solar cell that was made up of special ink printed on mylar. These solar arrays were supposed to be dirt cheap, flexible, and available in just about any custom size. You could possibly cover your whole coach in this stuff and make one giant solar cell! Has anyone else seen this show?
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...I installed mine while in the desert, well installing, it's almost complete, worked by the moonlight tonight ! Will report back! Michael
hey bud is it 'charging'?

can't wait 2 c d pix!

especially the tilting

at 999 your next post will be a much anticipated historic landmark in forum-dom...

no pressure bro!

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A while back on Discovery Channel or TLC there was a show on solar. They featured a company that came up with a solar cell that was made up of special ink printed on mylar. These solar arrays were supposed to be dirt cheap, flexible, and available in just about any custom size. You could possibly cover your whole coach in this stuff and make one giant solar cell! Has anyone else seen this show?
Haven't seen the show but I've read about the cells. I hope they come out as expected...
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:10 PM   #37
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Hi Bud!

Well here are a few pics of the solar install.
390 Volts, 21 amps.
10 and 8ga wire all around.

Finessing will take place later. The controller is pumping out amps like crazy, can't wait to pick up a few more batteries.


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hey bud is it 'charging'?

can't wait 2 c d pix!

especially the tilting

at 999 your next post will be a much anticipated historic landmark in forum-dom...

no pressure bro!

cheers
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very nice artman !

i keep forgetting u planned to do this ON the truck...

so once ya get ~1500 lbs of batteries loaded,

will this qualify as a hybrid tow vehicle?

i'm getting dizzy looking down from the truck box-top view...

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Tilt O Worl

Here are some shots of the tiltOmatic feature.

Some SOB awning stock found in the dumpster.

It removes from the truck side walls when not in use.
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solar power setup

I ended up going to Oregon last fall on a trip, I spend a few days in Eugene and had a system installed there. Full converter (even runs the microwave), three panels, and two new batteries and a special built stainless steel case. Cost a bundle (about five grand) but got a rebate, and all winter it kept the batteries fully charged in storage in WI. Trickle charge system that does not boil away batteries, and allows pretty much any sort of use for five days even in low sun conditions. It gives pretty much full recharge everyday if sunny and closer to summer. Lots of money, but should last for most of my life, I hope. Ask in a few years and I will tell you how happy I am with it. I mostly wanted to be able to camp in state and national forests and blm land sort of places without worry.
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