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Old 07-03-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Interested in Solar Systems? (Seattle Area)

If you are interested in installing Solar Power in your AS and live in the Seattle area, we will be doing a public showing of our solar powered 1962 Flying Cloud on Monday June 6th. We will available to answer your questions on choosing, purchasing, and installing a solar power system. Here are the details:

One Earth One Design
14300 Greenwood Ave. N, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98133
1.206.418.8120

July 6th 4pm-7pm

Or you can contact us directly at:
541-408-5701

Here is a link to some more pictures:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tle-53337.html

Hope to see you there!

John & Kate
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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My wife and I are looking forward to viewing your Airstream on Monday!
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Why don't more folks have solar????

Great idea.

We too are believers in solar for use with the trailer.

We have gone many days with no power and have always had our two batteries up to 100% by 10 AM. And, in the summer, the further north you are all the more reason for solar (longer days = more sunlight). But, having said that, we find that full sun or cloudy days make no difference to the charging.

We have a good friend with a 5th wheel. We tried to get him to have some solar panels installed; he opted to buy a generator to recharge his batteries when boon docking; says he really doesn't need the 110V stuff.

Unless you absolutely have to have 110V for something there is absolutely no reason to be using a generator to charge batteries when off the grid. This is one of the absolutely best things we have on our 30' Classic.

Given that so many things will operate from 12V (Computers, stereo equipment, lights, fans, etc., etc. there really isn't much need for a generator.

OK, my weakness is my compressor and I am too cheap to purchase one that runs off the PTO on the truck so I haul a small compress with us and use the generator for that to get the trailer tires up to pressure prior to moving out in the morning. And, it is nice to blow off all the dust when we return to camp after riding in the dirt on our enduro sidecar. :-) But, this is something nice to have, not a necessity.

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Old 07-03-2009, 11:54 PM   #4
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Price factor.

Hi, I really like the idea of a solar system, but I just can't justify the price. So I went with a generator. Like all other electronic items, after a while, the price drops. But I haven't seen that on solar panels and systems yet. I can afford it if I want to, but in my mind, would I rather spend $1000.00 or so for 2000 watts? Or $1000.00 or so for 100 watts? Ideally I would like to have both and do more boondocking. Call me when solar panels are more reasonably priced. [my opinion]
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:39 AM   #5
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I think it is a matter of personal choice, and cost is certainly a factor in making that choice! For us, as tent campers for many years who relish the quiet of camping, and as environmentally sensitive campers who wish to tread lightly in the areas in which we love to camp, the choice was simple. The freedom from the noise and the smell (although pretty limited these days), and reduced environmental impact over a generator, more than justifies the cost of solar for us.

Would love to see the price come down so that people like yourself who have already made the step of considering solar, would feel comfortable about purchasing it. Norsea has nailed it as far as it being possible to live quite comfortably on 12V's!
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Too far.

Hi, if we were closer I would like to pay you a visit anyway. I checked out your pictures and you did a great job on your trailer.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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Thanks! We would love to show it to you!
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:41 AM   #8
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Looking forward to your blog and more details about the solar installation. I am also considering this for my 55 FC.
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When does Seattle get any Sun......




sorry couldn't resist...
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:16 PM   #10
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LOL...actually it was a beautiful sunny day! Today we are in Portland and it looks like it will be sunny here as well! The AS can be seen at:

Eclectic Home
2259 NW Raleigh St.
Portland
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