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Old 04-19-2014, 11:43 PM   #15
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Thanks for the placement on your 23'. I see I will need to increase the ht. of the battery compartment in the future. Do they make a taller unit for the battery. I will have to research this.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:55 PM   #16
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The taller battery box is only required for the taller 6v batteries, not for AGM's. We had a dealer do the job which involved c-channel for the lift, re-attaching the original lid, and painting it to match the Airstream gray. Looks stock. Between that and the extra cost for the batteries it will cost a few hundred dollars -- so it is only worth it if you want about 230 amps vs. about 170 for 12v.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:34 AM   #17
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I have a 1964 22 ft Safari. I got my solar from AM Solar also. I got my 4 lifeline 6v batteries from the factory in L.A. However I did not mount the panels on my roof. I ran an umbilical out to the front frame rail with a 175 amp Pico connector so I can park in the shade, plug and run cable out to a sunny spot and set up my panels. No added wind resistance or weight on top of the trailer, and the trailer stays cooler in the shade. It sure looks better than unsightly solar panels on the roof of my vintage trailer also.

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Old 04-21-2014, 10:24 PM   #18
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I like that plan a bunch, except that I'm too lazy to drag the panel(s) out. Hey, what's a Pico connector, and would it work with 4ga wire as a battery in -line disconnect?
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #19
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Never mind - found the pico connectors!
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The panels will be mounted with brackets on the roof and they are not using tape for mounting. They will be sealing the roof penetrations where the screws mount with recommended silicon sealers.

The solar kit by Zampi solar is make specifically for airstream trailers.

It will be mounted with aerodynamics in mind.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:15 PM   #21
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Forgive me, but having installed many panels on Airstreams, just how is it made for Airstreams?

Also, since you insist on putting holes in your roof when it is absolutely NOT necessary, if you definitely want leaks thru those holes, then be sure to use the silicone recommended.

And when you DO get leaks, you will find that no sealant will adhere over the original silicone, especially more silicone!!!!!
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Gary, the worst of all compounds to use on an A/S is silicone...it's replete throughout these Forums....you just can't fool the molecules that do NOT want to bond. You won't find the factory using ANY silicone to seal anything, and there's a reason for that. (P.S. As I said in an earlier post, I got the Lewster flame regarding fastening my panels. Trust me. He's right. You do NOT need to screw the panels down, and aerodynamically, my panels aren't more than 1 1/2" from the roof.)
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:33 PM   #23
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<snip>. They will be sealing the roof penetrations where the screws mount with recommended silicon sealers.

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One really cannot use the words "Airstream," "silicone sealer," and "recommended" in the same sentence. I assumed that you were using "silicon" as a generic term for whatever sealer they were using.

Lewster is right, in that the tape will do it. I chickened out, as the sun in Arizona is legendary for killing plastics and adhesives. In any part of the coutry where normal people live on purpose, tape would clearly be the best solution.

If this place is actually charging you $2800 and using silicone sealer on aluminum, you have a problem.
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Lewster when it indicates that my Airstream is prewired for solar and satellite is their some junction where I can find this pre wired location. I'm assuming its on the roof? Also would there be something inside the trailer that would be wired for the controller?
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Lewster when it indicates that my Airstream is prewired for solar and satellite is their some junction where I can find this pre wired location. I'm assuming its on the roof? Also would there be something inside the trailer that would be wired for the controller?
You have a PM
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Ahhhh and a PM is a parts manual? Sorry I not the sharpest tool in the shed. :-)
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:18 PM   #27
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Wait I figured it out. Private message. In my business it's either preventative maint or a parts manual. Duh!
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The 2013 Flying Cloud Owner's Manual gives the location for the solar panel pre-wire, and also the cat 5 wire for the solar monitor/display.

Here is what it says:

"Positive (Yellow) and Negative (Green) leads run from
the battery buss bar to under the center roof sheet, just
behind the front roof vent on 19 ft., 20 ft., 23 ft. Front
Bed, and 25 ft. Front Bed models, and just in front of
the rear roof vent on 23 ft., 27 ft. Front Bed, 28 ft., and
30 ft. models.
The battery buss bar is located on the front end shell
inside skin, next to the battery compartment. Front
bed models have the bar located under the front bed.
Battery cables will run to this bar.
A Cat 5-patch cord for a solar panel display, if supplied
with the after market unit, runs from the battery buss
bar to an area just below the CatCon seven display.
The solar panel display panel can be mounted just
below the CatCon monitor panel by routing the proper
size hole. The Cat 5 wire is plugged into the display
panel."
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