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Old 10-28-2011, 09:18 AM   #1
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Upgrades on new unit

Looking into ordering a 23fb and would like some impute. Upgrades include,
"Convection Microwave Upgrade, Solar Charging System, Window Awning Package, & 600W Inverter System. Why would I want a 600 w Inverter System? Anyone know the difference of regular awning and awning upgrade? Any help would be great help, thanks.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:49 AM   #2
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A 600 watt inverter will allow you to operate and charge up electronic devices (tv, dvd player, computer, cell phones, etc) from your battery power. This is needed when you are not connected to shore power or a generator.

Are disc brakes an option, and if so how much are they? I would seriously look into ordering these due to the improvement in braking and lower maintenance costs, but I am somewhat concerned about the reliability of disc brake system. Autos have gone to disc brakes; why not trailers, especially high end Airstream?

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Old 10-28-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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The Inverter would be nice if you were boondocking without a generator, and the awning upgrade adds two additional awnings especially helpful in shading the trailer on sunny days.
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Disc brakes where not given as an option. I will check into that when we call back. I read the manual on line and was not sure if we need an inverter, but it sounds like a good option. Thanks for the help.
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The Inverter would be nice if you were boondocking without a generator, and the awning upgrade adds two additional awnings especially helpful in shading the trailer on sunny days.
Do you have the awning upgrade? We will be traveling quite a bite between California and North Carolina and I know summers can be quite hot in between. Do you feel they are worth while if you have them. Thanks
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:09 AM   #6
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Disc brakes were installed on Airstream Classics in recent year but were troublesome, and discontinued. Solar charging and inverter work well together and are a nice factory installation giving you computer charging and television/bluray. The extra awnings are window awnings on the road side and back window.

Expensive stuff $5-6K which would nearly upgrade you to a 25FB, a much larger, more livable trailer with larger tires, brakes, and tank capacity, and tows just as easily.

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Doug is rite....5-6 thou extra is a lot to pay for those up-grades.
Some of which you could easily do yourself, save some money and control the quality of the install.

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One upgrade that AS should make available is a better battery solution. Two golf cart batteries in series gives a great improvement in boondocking electrical capacity, but AS keeps installing one or two #24 or # 27 batteries with compartments too small to change to the somewhat larger (taller) golf cart size. I have never understood why, for years, they have stuck with the too small battery solution and never even considered that anyone might want more. At least they should offer it as an option.
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