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Old 07-24-2014, 11:20 AM   #43
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Well, just because I wouldn't have an Airstream without solar doesn't mean it's for everybody.

We often travel without the Honda 2000 because it's noisy and a nuisance. Solar makes this possible.

Without calculations to qualify this, when we do use the generator we can run it less and a small one will suffice because the converter does not charge the batteries, we select battery disconnect and the solar charges them.

When in a campground with hookups, the converter is also disconnected (battery disconnect) from the batteries because the solar system charges them perfectly. We have never used our original converter to charge batteries, saving us the cost of replacing it as universally recommended on this forum; and I suspect it will last a long time.

Our Airstream has been parked at home disconnected from shore power for two months. The batteries remain fully charged, we don't have to worry about it with the solar system.

With the cost of generators, gas and maintenance for them, converter replacement and the nuisance and noise of using them during extended travel, a solar install does't seem so expensive. We wouldn't be without it.

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Old 07-24-2014, 11:45 AM   #44
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I agree with SOLAR Panels and also would not want to do without them. I have them permanently mounted on my 1981 Newell Coach (yeah I know also Riveted Aluminum) although they are hard to get to for maintenance and cleaning since I am getting older and don't like being on the roof anymore. On the plus side since I have converted most of the Lights to LED we can go almost indefinitely using the SOLAR Panels providing we don't use heavy loads like a TV or Microwave.
I have seen numerous portable systems that should work very well and have good reputations. Be very careful about wasting your money on "cheap" systems, I have not heard any good about the ones from say Harbor Freight. The Voltage Regulator is also a very important component.

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Old 07-24-2014, 01:50 PM   #45
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Love Newell Coach!!!! That will be my choice should I ever get another motor home.

Now back to topic. If anyone wants hard data to help in properly sizing a solar/ battery system, just install a Tri Metric battery monitor and you will get actual usage patterns.

This will help you determine how big (or not) to go with any solar charging system you might have under consideration.

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Old 07-24-2014, 04:05 PM   #46
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I like the idea of mounting the hydraulic brake pump on the tongue in the position of the original batteries. When mounting AGM batteries elsewhere, what kind of containers should be used? Should the batteries be vented outside the trailer? I would love some photos of an AGM in trailer installation.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:09 PM   #47
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By the way, my Airstream air conditioner will run fine with a Yamaha EF2400iSHC. This is similar to the Honda 2,000 in price and size but Yamaha adds a capacitor to kick the max amps up for a few seconds to handle the starting surge of the compressor. My 13,500 a/c unit runs at about 1,500 watts continuously. The Yamaha is rated at 2,000 watts continuous. Just a thought?
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:39 PM   #48
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Does anyone know what the wattage spec is for 'EACH' panel on the 2015 AS factory solar option?

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Old 05-20-2015, 07:27 PM   #49
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My Yamaha 2400 is significantly larger than my Honda 2000.

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