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Old 02-26-2011, 11:34 AM   #15
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This guy has an interesting blog and info....it is lengthy, but a lot of good info.

http://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:37 AM   #16
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Thanks 2 Air for clarification I am having "SERVICE" work done!

You are so right this is a custom install.

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factory (as in production-assembly plant) does NOT equal company (factory) service center...

so the issues of ON the line production/modifications are handled differently from work done at the service center.

my guess is lin is dealing with the service center or her CURRENT a/s.

which means RETURNING to j/c, having the work done in the service shop.

the service center does lots of 'custom-customer' jobs.

ordering a new unit means making 'options' requests from a menu.

we often loosely use the term factory in these discussions,

but the assembly plant and service center are different operations.

so your solar choices DURING production are limited to what they normally offer/use.

lin (or ne1 else) scheduling work at the service center can request (or supply them) parts from almost any product line.

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Old 02-27-2011, 09:14 AM   #17
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:29 PM   #18
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How does the service center run heavy wire from the refrigerator outside vent back to where the batteries are on a 27fb classic after the fact? If I understand correctly, the factory prewire goes from the refrigerator outside vent back to the batteries but inside the skins. So where does the service center run heavier wire?

I believe that a AmSolar install goes down the refrigerator vent from the combiner and would be easy to hookup if proper wire was installed during build.

It would sure be easier to have an upgrade option to prewire proper gauge wire instead of what is used to satisfy only the lightweight factory solar option.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:31 PM   #19
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I would save the money and do it yourself, it not a big job at all. That way you can use the appropriate wire and components that you need...
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I would save the money and do it yourself, it not a big job at all. That way you can use the appropriate wire and components that you need...
DIY is certainly an alternative. I ordered the components and did the solar installation on our Casita - it took about 6 hours and involved basic skills. I had the benefit of a well documented installation by another owner of the same model. (Tip: minimize drilled holes by using 3M VHB Tape for mounting). An extra set of hands would have been helpful. For the new Airstream, which we want to use immediately for dry camping on the way back from our pickup, I specified the components, referenced their market cost, and negotiated a very reasonable installation cost from the dealer. Either way, the key is to determine what you want and choose the components appropriately.
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Try this thread, "Solar Panel Installation Report" for some do it yourself info.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ort-62608.html
Used AM Solar's kit, panels, wires, connector box for an easy install.
Very happy with the results...now just need some AGM batteries...
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:52 PM   #22
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Am solar system

I have a Am system, 2 100 watt panels .Used AM wire kit goes down refer vent along channel along floor to under front couch with controller & inverter . Installed dedicated receptacle from inverter below table, I plug in TV & sat box . With 2 100 amp panel watch as much TV led lighting as needed. Come home after 4 nights batteries are same voltage as when I left . check out this photo . Also check out the skylight change out to Maxim skylight.
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