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Old 08-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #43
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Just a couple of observations and some more of our experience based on some previous comments:

- Solar for boondocking or dry camping in an airstream is completely feasible.

- The number, size, and type of batteries is extremely important.

- Optimizing your appliances and loads for solar use is also very important.

- Personally, I hate generators.

- Regarding solar making you park in the sun versus in the "shade" - remember that the solar panels shade the top of the trailer.
Thanks for the insightful post. You prompted me to check out your blog. I appreciated the Sunseeker 3D App tip. I liked seeing the pictures of your solar install. Also, all those pictures of seafood platters made me hungry!!
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:16 AM   #44
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Can you tell me more about your 53 Watt solar panel; do you hook it directly to your batteries?
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:12 PM   #45
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To solar or not to solar

I'm ordering a flying cloud 25. I'll include the window awning package & considering going solar. I'll have a 1000w inverter & figure solar will pretty much get me off the grid & keep the batteries charged while not in use as I live in Florida. I could buy a Honda 2000w generator & accomplish the same, charging the batteries every couple weeks while not in use. A side from saving $2000 by buying the genet I'm still leaning towards solar. I guess the one thing that causes me pause is a couple posts on here stating a hair dryer will not work with a 1000w inverter so that brings me back to the Honda.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:50 PM   #46
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Solar panels vs Generator

Generators are a must if you enjoy Ac, microwave, hair driers,electric coffee maker or TV.
Solar completes the package allowing for less generator run time when boon docking and to recharge the batteries for running interior lights,LP heat and water pump.Both are preferable but I would do generators first if I had to choose.You will need two Honda 2000's to run Ac.Batteries will need recharged every couple of days and you will run the generator 1-2 hours to achieve this.Hondas are very quiet and sip fuel.
If you plan on staying just in RV parks and not going off the grid you won't need either.


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Generators are a must if you enjoy Ac, microwave, hair driers,electric coffee maker or TV.
Solar completes the package allowing for less generator run time when boon docking and to recharge the batteries for running interior lights,LP heat and water pump.Both are preferable but I would do generators first if I had to choose.You will need two Honda 2000's to run Ac.Batteries will need recharged every couple of days and you will run the generator 1-2 hours to achieve this.Hondas are very quiet and sip fuel.
If you plan on staying just in RV parks and not going off the grid you won't need either.


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Actually, you can now run a roof A/C (and other high wattage loads) with a single 2000 watt generator and a Magnum MSH3012-M hybrid inverter/charger and solar. There are several folks on this forum doing just that. Search a bit and you'll find the posts.
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What is the cost on this combination versus the $900 for the extra Honda generator?Is it a cost effective answer.


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If price is your only criteria, then generators always make the most sense.
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Thanks for the replies on my post. The Solar System factory installed is $2915.00 Vs less than $1000.00 for a Honda 2000 generator. They both have their advantages for going off the grid which is something I haven't done much of in the past but would like to do. I guess my big concern is with a 1000w inverter will I be able to use a coffee maker, toaster & possibly a hair dryer. If the answer is yes then the Solar package works for me, if not I need the Honda to do these things. Does anyone an answer for this?
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You won't be able to run any of that off the factory solar install.
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You need a 2000 watt inverter and compatible battery bank if you want to operate high wattage appliances from a solar charging system.

100 watts is essentially a max. 5amp capable system. Can't do much with that.

$2500 will buy you a substantial solar charging system, not one that will minimally charge your batteries.


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Angry Hitch Ball size?

Thanks again for the response. It seems to me that two Honda 2000w generators linked together is a much better investment & will run everything.

ANOTHER QUESTION: What size hitch ball will I need for my Air 25 trailer. I used a Equalizer in the past & liked it however the hitch ball comes separate & I don't know what size.
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Those of you who, like I do, use a Jeep Grand Cherokee or other SUV as your tow vehicle, where do you carry the gasoline for Honda generators - in your car (not something I would do) or in the Airstream (not something I would want to do either)?
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Those of you who, like I do, use a Jeep Grand Cherokee or other SUV as your tow vehicle, where do you carry the gasoline for Honda generators - in your car (not something I would do) or in the Airstream (not something I would want to do either)?
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