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.
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles
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