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Old 02-06-2015, 09:47 PM   #15
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Please some one tell me why anyone would put a panels on the roof.
Because that's how the trailer was factory built and they work like a charm. Never even think about them. We come up short on battery storage more often than solar supply so that's where, if when our next solar money will be spent.
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:55 PM   #16
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I just had colonial Airstream put a 80 watt zamp flat panel on my 2010 16 sport. I have a lifeline 27 battery. I will report back this summer when on my trip out west as to how it worked out. It was 1200 installed.
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:33 PM   #17
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Would appreciate your opinion regarding installation of a solar panel. Not a lot of available space so probably am looking at a 50 watt panel. Given the estimated cost from the factory of $1000 plus, would this be a wise investment?

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I just finished installing 6 100W panels on my new Classic. Granted, more real estate up there, but on a cost basis you cannot justify the factory install price. Call AM Solar, they are awesome to deal with (this was my second installation of an AM package). Cost of my panels, controller and all connect-up pieces was right at $2K.
Don't forget the cost of additional battery storage capacity to match up with the solar delivery capability ... AGMs at $400+ each ...

We are very happy with the factory solar install ...which includes two upgraded batts to AGMs ... If you are buying / camping on a budget that may be a consideration if you are not doing your own install ... and looking at $90+ / hr for a technician to install. There are also warranty considerations from both AS and the solar equipment manufacturer involved with a self-install.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:53 AM   #18
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Please some one tell me why anyone would put a panels on the roof.
1. They're out of the way, all the time.
2. Less risk of breakage due to handling them.
3. They work even when we're on the road.
4. As mentioned, they're secure - I doubt anyone is going to climb up and steal them.
5. No wires running around the campsite to trip over.
6. One less thing to set up and take down.
7. No worrying about connections that wear out after repeated use.
8. They shade the roof of the camper.

To each their own, and there are drawbacks and benefits to each approach.
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