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Old 05-28-2014, 09:33 PM   #29
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added solar to our 16'

…. Quick update on adding solar to our ’08 16’ DWR:

I took a roadtrip to see Lew in Hood River, OR. This is a very cool town to visit. Lew set me up in an RV campground on the WA side of the river. Hood River is a very cool town and area, well worth the trip.

Lew and his son installed two of the AM Solar GS100 panels giving us 200 watts of potential power. He did not use the existing AS solar pre-wire and instead ran new/heavier wire. The install also included a combiner box, solar charge controller, and battery monitor. Lew is a true pro and I’d highly recommend him.

Lew is also a true outdoorsman and can recommend cycling, hiking, wind-sports, whatever that may interest you while in town.

The system works great. Over the Memorial Day weekend we tested it out in the Methow valley. Battery back to 100% every day even in partial shade and on the day that was overcast.



Lew’s mobile office. In good weather, he does the install right in the campground.


Doing my “work” for the install = staying out of Lew’s hair. This is at the top of a
great ride from Hood River to the Cooper Spur Ski Area.


Scenery on the ride. Hood River is a great playground.


The two AM Solar 100w panels. Note that we removed the original Winegard antennae.


The TV antennae replacement: Jack TV.


The roofline. Wasn't sure where we were going to place the Jack TV. Eventually
plan to add a shim to level it out, purely cosmetic.


Camping this past weekend #1


Camping this past weekend #2
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:25 AM   #30
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I want that! Would you be willing to share the price, and more details on the components used?

What's your experience so far? Will this keep your batteries topped-off when the sun is out? Or does the size of the panels mean that the system is undersized?

Does anyone recommend anyone near the Chicago area that could do this?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:46 PM   #31
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I want that! Would you be willing to share the price, and more details on the components used?

What's your experience so far? Will this keep your batteries topped-off when the sun is out? Or does the size of the panels mean that the system is undersized?

Does anyone recommend anyone near the Chicago area that could do this?
Yes… I'll PM you the $info and happy to share the component list. One of the big choice is the panels… happy so far with the AM Solar. I was considering one of the flexible panels, there are some here that have had success with this. There are some potential issues so I decided to go with the hard panel. The AM Solar 100w panel is compact which is great for a 16' and lightweight.

So far my experience boon docking is limited to one three-day weekend with my wife and teenage son. We parked in a partially shaded spot with two days of sun and one overcast. Each day, the battery (a no-name group 24) was back to 100% by noon or earlier.

We've also upgraded our lights to LED, I swapped out the fridge fan for a quieter and more energy efficient pair of fans, and we didn't use the heater. So we we're exactly sucking electricity.

My experience is that with some thoughtfulness on electric consumption and if you don't need much heat, you can essentially go forever in the 16' with 200w of solar. Well not counting the holding tank.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:53 AM   #32
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Hi BC Seattle,
We are brand new to the Airstream world, having just purchased a 16' Bambi. We would also like to add solar and your post has inspired us. Would you mind sharing your component list with us as well? I'm not exactly sure how communicating works on this forum. I'll just hit the post reply button and see what happens...!
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #33
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Just picked up my Bambi and cannot wait to get out in a couple weeks! We did two 100 watt panels and a 350 inverter for charging devices.

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Old 09-05-2016, 11:25 AM   #34
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I've been following the solar threads and reluctantly have been convinced to run new wires (8ga) in my 2016 16'. The big question now is HOW! I'd love to hear the details on how to run the 8 ga from the AM controller box to the SC 2030 controller I have mounted under the front dinette seat. I'm a little freaked about punching a hole in the AS! I have the TM 2030 monitor mounted in my closet and easily ran my monitor wires from the closet to the controller. Detailed help and/or pics including sealing and finishing would be very appreciated! Planning on 2 - 100w panels.
Thanks in advance
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