[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.
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