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Old 03-19-2014, 12:42 AM   #15
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I put 100w by A.M. solar, work like a charm.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:40 AM   #16
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Because I have two AC I am told I am restricted to one 85 watt panel, will this do anything for me or is it a waste of time?
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:23 AM   #17
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Because I have two AC I am told I am restricted to one 85 watt panel, will this do anything for me or is it a waste of time?
Told by who??????????

If you look at the specs of AM Solar's GS-series panels, you will find the they are a scant 21" wide. With proper mounting, they can be placed almost anywhere on your 30. IIRC, the last 30/ dual air that I did had 4 GS-135s on the roof. 520 watts is quite a bit more than 85, no?

PM me if you would like more info.
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I was told by the dealer I bought it from, can I assume he received his information from the Airstream factory, could it affect my two year initial warranty, I would appreciate any information. Lewster, I will PM you immediately.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:27 PM   #19
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That is our 4 135W AM Solar system Lewster installed. BTW there is still room for one 135w and 100w panel on our 30' FC W/ two ac's. We are happy with the system. So far we have seen 30 amp/h dc peak around noon in full sun and 4-5 amp/hrs totally cloudy rainy day (Zippo sun). So I'm looking at 30-180 amp charge per day. Big spread depending on the weather. On the warranty you will be at risk if the system fails and damages other stuff. However, with proper installation that is very unlikely. A dealer would not swap out the factory refrigerator with a marine one making the same claim about voiding the warranty. I guess they do
not want to be responsible if something goes wrong.


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Old 03-19-2014, 09:46 PM   #20
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I bought the Renogy mono hard panels. The bendable panels look like they'd be awesome on an Airstream, except that there's no real obvious way to leave an air space under them for cooling. Lewster has noted that leaving an inch or so of free air is pretty important for panel performance....
For traditional panels, I agree. However, I think that if you mounted these to the aluminum body with a thermal mastic under most of the panel the cell temperature might even be lower than a traditional panel mounted with a circulation space. Mounting in this manner would essentially turn your entire roof into a heat sink for the panels.

Even if there was a slight performance loss, I would trade it for better conformance to the original body lines. My '69 has a narrower body with a more rounded profile and even the narrow 21" panels noticeably break the lines.
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:42 PM   #21
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I have 3 135w panels installed by AM Solar, they did a great job and the system works fantastically! 25' 2012 Eddie Bauer Edition
Hey SparkyMark! Did you take your AS to AM Solar or find someone local?
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Thanks so much to you all for the help!

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Old 03-30-2014, 12:07 PM   #23
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where to mount the Inverter?

can I ask... where did you install your xantrex inverter? I bought one but am trying to figure out the best way to be able to use it. Should it be mounted by the kitchen and use an extension cord? Wire it to the front for tv, etc, but then what about the coffee maker, etc? Help please. THANKS!
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Good day Joe & David,
I purchase the Go Power solar panel and controller with my 2011 Flying Cloud 23FB and this kit was installed by CanAm just prior to the delivery of the trailer. Fully satisfied of the product and the quality of the installation. I have one 95 watts panel. The controller software take care to maintain the health of the batteries by applying a ‘Bulk/Absortion Charge’ to the batteries each morning.
Our Xantrex 600Watt pure sine wave inverter is mostly used for the TV and WiFi active antenna and for charging the lap top computer.
In boondocking we are not a big energy consumer. Actually with this installation we never experience ‘dead battery’ situation.
Attached some information and a evaluation table that can be helpful for you in your future choice.

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Inverters should be installed as close to the batteries as practical. Make your longer wiring runs with 120VAC so the voltage drop is lower.
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And how would an inverter charger work with a converter charger? Or are there all-in-ones?
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If you install a quality inverter/charger, you eliminate the converter. The charger section of a good inv/chg unit is leaps and bounds ahead of any converter.
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Lew is correct. I have the Xantrex Freedom 3000, and it works like a charm. The inverted AC is routed to the main breaker panel, so all my wall sockets are live when the inverted is engaged.
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