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Old 06-04-2015, 08:28 PM   #2745
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OK, today was order day after a few weeks of research. I planned 3 separate solar systems with a few goals in mind 1)to provide solar power to maintain batteries when in covered storage; 2) to provide replenishing power when camping; 3)to maximize solar energy capture in varied camping spots; 4)to be able to replenish the calculated daily usage within a solar day.

System 1: 50 watt Flexible Solar panel with controller and SAE 2 prong quick connect/disconnect to battery box. Portable system at 2 lbs. Removable when traveling primarily for maintaining batteries in storage- front to sun in storage. Can also augment system

System 2: House system on roof with controller using AS prewire. I decided on a single panel roughly not much wider than the Dometic AC unit to be mounted behind it. the 150 watt panel is still below the 15 amp limit of the AS wiring. I could have gone to 200 watts but poly versus mono and closer to AWG limit. Experts said to keep wiring at two sizes or so bigger than needed. This system included an interior remote. This panel was the most cost efficient in that range.

System 3: Portable solar suitcase 100 watt with built-in controller. The benefit to this is being able to maximize/extend the gathering time of solar energy or potentially be able to gather at least some energy even when parked under trees on in shade.

I spoke with Zamp, Go Power, altEstore, Renogy and Morning Star techs and a few dealers. One of the concerns was using multiple controllers. Go Power and Morning Star had no issues with such a hookup. Morning Star even sent a detailed email on how to set it up. My daily conservative need was calculated to be 236 watt hours. The recommendation was a 300 watt system. My power goal was able to be realized using my regular batteries with a 110 amp hour max (60% of battery capacity)of which I would, at most, utilize around 70% of capacity. More need would require more batteries. While I cannot cook with electric, run AC, etc. The inverter allows for small appliances, charging, lights, TV, etc. and replenished each day potentially. What is nice is the system allows for expansion as well. I still have LP for cooking. I figure it was about $240 more to do solar this way versus all on the roof but there are some advantages for my need.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:20 PM   #2746
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Today came my tvTray. Weird name, but it's basically just a mount for the Apple TV. I stumbled across it while googling one evening, H-Squared: tvTray - and thought to myself, why not. I was just using velcro which works, but this is just a touch nicer.

And I decided rather than hide it completely behind the TV, I'd drop it down ever so slightly that when you are sitting on the lounge, you can see the Apple TV logo.

Also, bought myself a cordless drill. I'm a weirdo for not ever owning one. I have a nice older Dewalt corded drill with hard case and plenty to go along with it. But being fulltime and on the road, I resided and admitted a smaller cordless will serve me better. So I'm giving my corded drill to my brother in Ohio when I see him later on our journey.

Plus with a cordless I figure I can finally use it on the stabilizers.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:13 PM   #2747
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Got some new Lodge seasoned carbon steel fry pans for the AS that I can use in the trailer or over a cooking fire. I bought a 10" about a year ago and liked it so much I bought an 8" and a 12".


Also replaced the stainless steel mixing bowls with some Squish collapsing bowls to save space.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:42 AM   #2748
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Today came my tvTray. Weird name, but it's basically just a mount for the Apple TV. I stumbled across it while googling one evening, H-Squared: tvTray - and thought to myself, why not. I was just using velcro which works, but this is just a touch nicer.

And I decided rather than hide it completely behind the TV, I'd drop it down ever so slightly that when you are sitting on the lounge, you can see the Apple TV logo.

Also, bought myself a cordless drill. I'm a weirdo for not ever owning one. I have a nice older Dewalt corded drill with hard case and plenty to go along with it. But being fulltime and on the road, I resided and admitted a smaller cordless will serve me better. So I'm giving my corded drill to my brother in Ohio when I see him later on our journey.

Plus with a cordless I figure I can finally use it on the stabilizers.
What do the Belkin electrical interfaces do, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:25 AM   #2749
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What do the Belkin electrical interfaces do, if you don't mind me asking?
I never mind.

This is a Belkin 1-Outlet Energy Saving On/Off Switch. It's just so I can turn things individually on/off. Left overs from our house, I use them now when boondocking and the inverter is on. This will stop phantom draw.



They are $6.99 (ouch) a piece at home depot and way cheaper online.

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My newest purchase for the Airstream, I am very excited about. I purchased a Flow-Pur RV-Pro 10,000 water softener. This way I don't have to worry about mineral build up.

I just have to figure out a way to keep it from not getting stolen when in use.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:52 PM   #2751
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Just got a set of Magma cookware to add to my Airstream hope chest. Seriously, adding to the chest a bit at a time keeps me from going insane until we can actually get the trailer!
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Can I ask you about running the wire from your inverter? Did you plug into the outlet and then run the ext cord to the back, or did you somehow hard wire into the inverter and then run romex back? I have bought a xantrex 2000 prosine inverter and want to wire it directly to an outlet.

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Just installed an inverter, pulled wire to the closet and installed an outlet there to power the new WINE COOLER! Yeah baby! We love our red wine, and now it'll be 64 degrees even when we're in the desert! Since it runs off the inverter, we can keep it going when we're on the road.

Also installed a Wilson cell phone signal booster, with the antenna mounted on the Winegard mast. Ran the wire down the fridge vent, had to pull the fridge to drill a hole into the wiring chase. The wire exits through the hole for the TV wiring.
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:18 PM   #2753
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Could/would you please divulge the specs/cost and place of purchase of your good looking LED lights. Thanks
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Indeed

I was just about to send txdxrider a PM asking the same thing. I keep staring at the photo, but can't seem to figure out where the lights are located.
Please txdxrider, DO explain. Do they come in blue? I saw that the new 26U has them neatly tucked under the Zip Dee standard from JC. Really got me to thinking...
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Thanks all...

They are 600 Lumes Natural White - I bought a 10 pack of them. 4000-4500K natural white.
I grabbed them here: http://www.rvledbulbs.com/product-p/hp-rs20-10.htm

So basically our 76 had the florescent light on top of the front valances. Once I removed the old light fixtures I riveted them to the under side of the valance in front of the curtain track. Ran the wires with quick connects and tucked under. I used 2 on the curbside and 4 on the roadside. These are wired in directly to the existing wires that ran the old lights.
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I purchased this 18 Volt, Lithium Ion powered Hoover vacuum at Walmart a month ago and it has worked out great. It fits nicely in the closet and in addition got a great review from Cunsumer reports.

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