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Old 11-14-2014, 12:02 PM   #29
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Jpons,
May I asked which solar system you installed? How many watts? What were the deciding factors for going with install vs. portable? We are in the decision phase for solar.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #30
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where did you get the silent refrig fan and was it difficult to swith out?
where did you get your water heater valve..I just purchased a replacement drain plug, but I like your idea of a valve..were adjustments necessary or did it simply screw-in?
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:13 AM   #31
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There is a long thread on this subject here on the forums.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...lly-11811.html

I purchased the replacement fan on Amazon for $13 including shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Easy to install and now almost completely silent. I have wanting to make a bracket and install a second fan to increase the efficiency but so far it has worked perfectly.

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wow!!! we got a lot of 20 foot love here !! this is great !! I think I can get thru winter now that I have a place to obsess about the trailer . The mods you guys are listing is getting me worked up too! Jpons ,your refrigerator fan mod sounds good ,what kind did you put in ?


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Old 11-15-2014, 06:17 AM   #32
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Hi,

As I stated, I have a portable system, not an installed system. While a pain to carry, portable systems can be more efficient as you can easily point them towards the sun to maximize their efficiency. Also I can keep the AS in the shade, which I much prefer, and put the panel in a sunny spot.

I believe the panel I have is 55 watts. We are very conservative with our electricity use so if I have the panel in good sunlight it goes a long way in keeping our system topped off.

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May I asked which solar system you installed? How many watts? What were the deciding factors for going with install vs. portable? We are in the decision phase for solar.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:22 AM   #33
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Hi,

See my reply above about the fan.

This is the valve I installed on the water heater. http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11703-Wa...o+heater+valve

I put on some Teflon tape on both threads to keep things nice and dry. This makes is much easier to drain the water heater. Simply open the valve and the pressure relief valve and the heater drains out.

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where did you get the silent refrig fan and was it difficult to swith out?
where did you get your water heater valve..I just purchased a replacement drain plug, but I like your idea of a valve..were adjustments necessary or did it simply screw-in?
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:16 PM   #34
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I have made a number of modifications/improvements which I will list below. If any of you have any questions on any of these feel free to ask.


[*]Replaced stock Parallax Converter with a Progressive Dynamics PD4655 Converter
[*]Cell Phone / Data booster & external Antenna



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Can you share some info/pics on these? Thanks!


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Old 11-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #35
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I got most of the info I needed right here on the forum.

The installation of the PD4655 was one of the best upgrades I have done. Much better battery maintenance.

Lots of great information here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...er-114099.html
and here
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...ml#post1478980

I bought my converter here:
4600 series Upgrade Kits

The replacement process took me a couple of hours. You don't need to be an electrical expert to do the installation, but being somewhat mechanical inclined helps a lot.

In addition to the converter I also installed a TriMetric electrical systems monitor to more accurately gauge my battery capacity and electrical usage.

Here is a link:
TriMetric Battery System | Bogart Engineering

And here is some great info on the TriMetric

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...ic-112278.html

In regards to the cell phone / data booster, I installed a Wilson Sleek 4G cradle Booster, you can buy them on Amazon:

Amazon.com: Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G - Vehicle Cellular Signal Booster for Single User - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

This thing is amazing specially when used with an external antenna like the Wilson Trucker Antenna:

Amazon.com: Wilson Electronics Dual Band 21.5 inc RV/Trucker Cellular Antenna Kit with Mount: Cell Phones & Accessories

I mounted the antenna to the TV antenna for a very flexible and custom look. With this combo sometimes will get 3 or 4 bar LTE signal on my iPhone when I would get a 2 or 3 bar 1x signal on the phone alone.

This is what I used as a guide to mount my antenna

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...ml#post1418374

I have yet to drill through the roof to route the cable, somehow I can't bring myself to do it, so for the time being I am routing the cable through one of the dinette windows, not the best look, but I still have to summon the courage to drill into the AS.

I hope this helps!

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We REALLY liked our FC 20 ... noting wrong with it ... just got the 3' itch.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:28 AM   #37
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We REALLY liked our FC 20 ... noting wrong with it ... just got the 3' itch.
We just got our 20' and totally love it! But I keep looking at the 25' Eddie Bauer models - can't help it, it's a gorgeous unit! I love the tailored styling - beautiful - yet practical. And love the idea of the back door opening up. I'm making hubby crazy....
We will be sticking with our beloved 20', but you can't blame a person for "looking"!
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:05 AM   #38
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Are any of the "20's" going to be at Canopener ? We are going to be there,and Grayton Beach before.
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Canopener

Hi - I WISH we were heading south to the Canopener. It sounds like a great rally! Maybe next year...

We have our 20' put away in storage for the winter season and won't be taking it out until spring. We are hoping for a mild April.
Plans are to get down to Colonial Airstream in NJ for some warranty work - then sometime in May head off to Hilton Head with stops along the way to see some sites.

Have a super time at the rally!
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Are any of the "20's" going to be at Canopener ? We are going to be there,and Grayton Beach before.

We would love to join the Canopener Rally folks with our new FC 20'....we are waiting for health reports before we can begin a snowbird flight. Also, keeping an eye on last minute cancellations.
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My wife and I bought the 20 for several reasons, double sink, separate shower and toilet, LED lighting and more. Now we get a recall letter in the mail and have to drive 3 hr. one way to get it taken care of. This is kinda disappointing. The trailer is gorgeous and makes a great escape vehicle in this world of turmoil. So it's off to Springfield for the repair. Bummer.
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My wife and I bought the 20 for several reasons, double sink, separate shower and toilet, LED lighting and more. Now we get a recall letter in the mail and have to drive 3 hr. one way to get it taken care of. This is kinda disappointing. The trailer is gorgeous and makes a great escape vehicle in this world of turmoil. So it's off to Springfield for the repair. Bummer.
Enjoy your 20; you are not the only one affected by the recall.
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