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Old 12-21-2012, 11:31 AM   #85
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Does anyone know what size cable AS uses when they prewire for solar?
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:08 PM   #86
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On my 09 27FB International it is 10 gauge
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:21 PM   #87
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Could those of you who installed your own solar systems yourselves add some comments? How did you handle the wire run from the refrigerator vent to the controller? Exposed? or hidden? Where? How? Photos?

For those who installed a monitor, where did you put it? Why? How?
I ran the cable down the refrigerator vent, forward through the cabinetry on street side, and through a plastic conduit forward to the under-bed storage locker. Not exactly thrilled with that solution, but it at the time I was concerned about running conduit under the trailer and drilling holes through the floor. Had I done it again, I might take that approach.

Monitor is high on the living area bulkhead, above the TV.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:36 PM   #88
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Did consider it for a season but we found better than 90 percent of the time we were parked under trees and there was alwasy a lack of direct sun light so for that season it would have done us no good... Thinking if I can't use it better than 50 percent of the time then it's not worth it for me. We purchased a 2000 genny and it recharges the batteries in about an hour and we're go to go...
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:19 PM   #89
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First...
well it looks like we all survived the 'end of the world'. Congratulations everyone!

Second...
I talked with the DW and she is on board with going solar. In fact she thinks we should get a 300 watts system and size the system to add an additional 200-300 watts in the future (I really love that DW of mine). I got a PM from Lewster and he recommended Uwe at Area 63 Productions. With all the AS restorations they do, there is no question they can do a first class job. I talked to Uwe this afternoon and it looks like we can get this done over a weekend in January (drop off Friday and pick up Monday). Getting real excited... Can't wait to get off the grid and boondock without having to run the gennie!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #90
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Hey Scott! Merry Christmas, almost! Hard to believe it's been a year since Crystal Cove!!

I think you'll be thrilled with both your solar installation, AND having Uwe do the work.

We've loved our system since the minute AM Solar installed it. It's so awesome to have lights-camera-action without even a thought as to where the power comes from... thank you sun! Well maybe a thought every once in a while, but mostly it just works and we don't ever worry about dead batteries, unless we're under thick tree cover of course.

And I can't say enough good things about Uwe. He did some work for us too. He's fantastic, and a really great guy.

I wish we were going back to Crystal Cove for Christmas, but we're hosting at the house this year. Oh well...

A couple of pictures from last Christmas... the empty campground, and Jason with some baked apples for Christmas Eve.

Happy New Year to you and Becky! And to all of you other 'streamers, too!


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Old 01-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #91
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Cool Is solar worth it... we sure hope so...

We spent the New Year weekend at Newport Dunes RV park with a great bunch of other Airstreamers. While there, we met Paula (SteSpot) and toured her 68 Ambassador that she had restored by Uwe at Area 63 Productions. Absolutely spectacular job. Along with the restoration/rehab, Uwe installed a 200 watt solar system. After talking to Paula and some other Airstreamers who installed solar on their rigs, we decided to install a 400 watt solar system. I sent Uwe a down payment today so he can order all of the hardware. We will take our TT to get the system installed in 2 weeks on the 18th. Uwe should have the system installed by the following Monday on the 21st. We can't wait to go camping without having to lug our Handi3000i to keep the batteries charged. Traveling light and living off-the-grid, what a concept!
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:59 AM   #92
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I think you will be more than happy with 400watts. Are you going to add any additional batteries?

We have been parked out in Borrego Springs for the last week. I'm happy we went with an extra panel and are up to 300watts. It is working absolutely perfect with no need for a generator.
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I think you will be more than happy with 400watts. Are you going to add any additional batteries?

We have been parked out in Borrego Springs for the last week. I'm happy we went with an extra panel and are up to 300watts. It is working absolutely perfect with no need for a generator.
Glad to hear you are happy with your solar system. Originally we were going to go with 200 watts, then thought 300 would be better. Then looking at the other systems I saw at the Newport Dunes Rally, I started to think about a 400 watt system. We currently have two Lifeline 6 volt deep cycle batteries with a 600 watt inverter. I want to add another bank of Lifeline batteries at a later date, but for now the current bank will work for us. With a 400 watt system we are probably at an overkill level with the current bank of two Lifelines, but figured that adding an additional bank of batteries at a later date was more cost effective than adding additional solar panels later.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #94
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When shopping for solar systems I would check the Airforum Classifieds. I saw a couple os solar panel and a complete top of the line 400 watt system.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:10 PM   #96
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Hi everyone! This is our first post, but we have been reading up a lot on here since we purchased our new 2013 22 sport. We have quickly realized that the one battery is not going to cut it. We plan to spend at least 50% of our time boondocking, and are trying to figure out what to do for recharge/extra power. We are also fulltiming. A second battery seems like the most logical first step. Beyond that, the best/most popular options seem to be: Honda 1000 or 2000 gen. to recharge batteries and run 12 v. (no AC), install Solar AM or other brand permanent panels on the roof (a potential issue being the lack of roof space available on the 22 sport), or set up portable solar panels from similar companies, with the risk of having them stolen, damaged, and not getting the benefit of charging while in transit. We would prefer to go solar, but cost is a big factor. Wondering what other 22 sport owners in particular recommend most? It also seems that parks, ect., are more and more unlikely to let you run a gen. if you have one. Thanks for your help! We are excited to get a good set up that will provide the necessary 12 volt power with no AC for several days of boondocking at the best price and the best set up for a smaller AS.
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We full-time in a 25 footer. Going on 3+ weeks of boondocking and haven't come close to using the generator, even with some temps hitting mid 20's a few nights.

The GS100 panels from AM Solar are quite a bit smaller than other panels and are probably the way to go for a 22 footer. They are made by Grape Solar and available at multiple places other than AM Solar. I'm not sure how many you could fit on your roof.

Go for a second battery for sure. We have two normal deep cycle batteries and they will last us about a day and a half of normal usage. For us, generator will definitely be needed on cloudy stretches or camping in wooded areas. We have never run across a campground that didn't have power and banned generators. Many have certain hours limiting use.
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Thanks for the help! It seems that solar is worth the money in the long run. What panels do you have and how many watts to stay out for three weeks and using the furnace at night? Sounds like the set up we need. I am wondering if that GS100 will be enough power to help our batteries stay charged if we also run the furnace? PS- Love your blog! Looks so great, we cannot wait to get on the road
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