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Old 08-15-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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Question An all electric AS, could it work for fulltiming on the road?

I found an AS I really like, but it has been converted to all electric (no propane tanks at all). As a first time Airstreamer and RVer, I have no practical experience. I had planned to install solar panels for boondocking, but that wouldn't address hot water and heat/AC. How effective would a generator be at meeting these needs? Would I be extremely limited in finding camp grounds? Is there any upside to all electric? This does look like a beautiful renovation. Would it make any sense to buy it? Help, I could be in love!

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Old 08-15-2013, 04:04 AM   #2
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It sounds to me like this trailer was meant to be parked in one spot for the season then possibly towed home for the winter. I would not want to be on the road full time with a totally electric trailer of any make.

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Old 08-15-2013, 05:27 AM   #3
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It's okay if you're always going to use it with an electric hookup. But you're right - without propane and without electricity, you're not going to have hot water or heat/AC. You could use a generator, but that's a lot of extra headache. And some campgrounds do not permit generators, or limit their hours - i.e., you wouldn't be able to run it at night, for example. And don't forget the headache of carrying the generator, refueling it, worrying about it being stolen, etc.

Personally, I'd never buy a camper that was converted to all electric. The price would have to be low low low for me to even consider it, because my next move would be to reinstall propane. I don't really understand why people do this all-electric conversion - propane is actually incredibly safe, probably safer than electricity, and each tank has a LOT of stored energy that can be used to heat things easily - including running our camper's fridge. (We also use our camper as a 'lifeboat' at home when the power goes out, so an all-electric camper would mean it's no better than our house.)
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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Step back and think this one out some more. While someone put a ton of money into that rig it has serious limitations for full timing. There is No Living Space. The size generator you would need, 3500+, will require a pickup truck to carry and mean the truck has to be at the trailer side day and night to keep the beer cold.

As a general rule I advise New RVers never to buy New as they will not get all they really need in the first rig they buy. I would extend that comment to this "unique" trailer. Get you feet wet on a less expensive trailer. Yes odds are you will never see one like this again but I doubt it will meet your long term needs.

Lots of eye appeal but very poor utility.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by anniemaine View Post
I found an AS I really like, but it has been converted to all electric (no propane tanks at all).
That statement really says it all: "I found an AS I really like, but…"

As a new Airstreamer, you would do a lot better to keep looking until you can say, "I found an AS I really like!" No buts.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. I will continue to look.

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