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Old 05-13-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Love my new solar package

I've had my new AS for 4 weeks now.
When I ordered it last Fall my dealer recommended putting in his own equipment rather than ordering the factory solar option. I took his advice and I'm loving it. There's such a freedom not to mention the whole green satisfaction thing about relying on oneself for most of one's energy needs.

He put two panels on the roof and a 1500w inverter. He removed the two batteries that came with the AS (can you say great front storage compartment!) and placed 4 group 27 Lifelines under the dinette seat (closer to the rear axles).

For me the great convenience is how they wired it. I have a remote inverter switch which when activated; automatically switches from the shore power inlet to the inverter; so that the whole RV has access to 110v; not just one or two outlets. It works really well.

See everyone on the road!!
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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Get that thing going downhill and your little Merc might just get ejected from the highway ! And I thought I was pushing the envelope with my choice of TV !!!
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:39 PM   #3
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I have no complaints with the factory solar on our trailer but I like the idea of switching over all the outlets to the inverter. Nice mod. I guess if your using AGM batteries they would be OK in the trailer but we value our under dinette seat storage and use it all. I wonder about the change in trailer weight distribution. Maybe less tongue weight and moving the weight of four batteries over the axles makes it easier for the ML320 to handle it.

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Old 05-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=Rawn77;849020]I've had my new AS for 4 weeks now.
When I ordered it last Fall my dealer recommended putting in his own equipment rather than ordering the factory solar option. I took his advice and I'm loving it. There's such a freedom not to mention the whole green satisfaction thing about relying on oneself for most of one's energy needs.

He put two panels on the roof and a 1500w inverter. He removed the two batteries that came with the AS (can you say great front storage compartment!) and placed 4 group 27 Lifelines under the dinette seat (closer to the rear axles).

For me the great convenience is how they wired it. I have a remote inverter switch which when activated; automatically switches from the shore power inlet to the inverter; so that the whole RV has access to 110v; not just one or two outlets. It works really well.

Hi Ron,

Enjoy that 'free' power!

Just a few cautions: if your entire trailer (all existing circuits in your breaker box) are indeed able to run from your inverter, your dealer probably installed a generator priority transfer switch with the inverter connected to where a gen usually goes. This will give you solar power, even if connected to shore power as the transfer switch uses the generator (now solar) as the priority whenever it is present.

Thee are 2 problems with this type of connection:

1. Your refrigerator will seek 120VAC if left on 'auto' and the heating element will run drain your Lifelines rather quickly.

2. Your air conditioner is also able to power up, although a 1500 watt inverter will overload if you try and probably burn out the inverter and the compressor.

So the moral of this PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT is: BE SURE TO USE THE FRIDGE ON LP ONLY IF USING THE INVERTER AND NEVER TURN ON THE A/C, EVEN FOR A SECOND.

ENJOY!
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:15 PM   #5
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My poor TV

Lewster: Your right about the connection. And yes, I do make sure about the fridge and AC/Heat Pump switches. I've had no probs so far.

As far as RogNChris & Silverback, my little Merc (Diesel) tows amazing! Just drove 450 miles today; never losing a single mph even up long grades on the highway. Set the cruise at 68 and got 14.7 mpg. I can't tell you how many 1/2 tons I passed pulling much smaller TTs with only this look on their face

Be well everybody!
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:13 PM   #6
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As far as RogNChris & Silverback, my little Merc (Diesel) tows amazing! Just drove 450 miles today; never losing a single mph even up long grades on the highway. Set the cruise at 68 and got 14.7 mpg. I can't tell you how many 1/2 tons I passed pulling much smaller TTs with only this look on their face

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How much does that trailer weigh ready to hit the road after all the upgrades ? Your Merc is only rated to tow 7200 lbs, extra batterys, solar panels, inverters and satellite equipment aren't exactly lightweight additions to the trailer.

That look on peoples faces is for good reason, if you're actually towing that rig 68mph you better get used to being pulled over and cited for excessive speed.

Going uphill is never the problem, it's downhill where it gets a tad dodgy.
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I think those dealers in Canada will hook any tow vehicle to any Airstream!!
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Can you add more pics, batteries under the dinette seat for example?

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