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Old 09-18-2016, 11:25 AM   #71
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Gary...that was an AMAZING articulation of how the sail switch works (well, is supposed to work). I remember you had this issue when you first got your trailer. Mine was working fine. Until all of a sudden it would start up, light and then cycle off (and on) and off (and on). I knew immediately what it was as we'd talked about this on the phone. After I removed the outer cover I was able to remove the two small screws on the sail switch, carefully pull it out of the squirrel cage fan housing and do a bit of minor bending. It took my about 30 minutes to get it into the right shape...but it worked fine up in Maine a few weeks ago. Another example of how beneficial AirForums can be if folks share the "what happened to me" stuff. Barry
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:06 PM   #72
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If you buy a replacement it ships with a plastic "slip" cover that will allow you to bend your original back into shape. I found that the replacement had a thicker arm than the original. Wondered if the original was simply to thin. DH, yes I had this issue. Did everything else first, new control board, adjusted the igniter/sensor arms (gap was to wide). Be careful working on this as it is easy to crack the ceramic base (throw away at that point). Checked the pressure from the tank pressure regulator. It was a bit low, replaced with a better regulator. Still had the start/stop issue. Last item was the sail switch. Bingo and haven't had a single issue since. Camped at 10,000 feet down to sea level without any problems.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:01 PM   #73
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One other thought on furnace not firing up. If the DC system is below 12 volts or so the fan won't turn fast enough for the sail switch to operate. Well charged battery or hooked up to 120 AC is important as well.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:19 AM   #74
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I've got a question about my 2016 classic thst I just purchased. Is it OK to run the furnace while traveling if it is cold outside. I would like to set the thermostat at maybe 65 degrees so it stays warmer inside?
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:34 AM   #75
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I've got a question about my 2016 classic thst I just purchased. Is it OK to run the furnace while traveling if it is cold outside. I would like to set the thermostat at maybe 65 degrees so it stays warmer inside?
Yes. We did it with three prior Airstreams and this year ran our Alde boiler system for weeks on our way south.
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:33 PM   #76
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I have another small gripe. The folding mid section of the couch - mine doesn't nearly lay flat as it seems the seat and back cushions interfere with each other. Mine probably lays at a 10 degree angle despite attempts to manhandle it level. Is that one of those hopeful design failures or does anyone's actually lay flat? . . . .
Sit on the couch, tilt the tray up a bit from down position, look down at the hinges and adjust the Jack Screws to change the "down" angle. Easy, peasy. Cheerio.
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Hi Wilbur, Hope to pick up my 2016 classic next week in Katy Tx what are the wattage of your solar panels, thinking about having them installed I think 2016 classics are prewired? Labalope
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Hi Gary, the solar panels i have are 200 watt each and do a good job of charging the batteries. However I do plan on adding some more solar as soon as I can. I'm not sure how much and i don't know if it's possible but I would like to run one air conditioner maybe 5-6 hours a night. Maybe someone can chime in tell me if it's possible.
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Wilbur, What are the dimensions of your panels, Maybe we should consider Lithium batteries for their strength and longevity? anyone on here done that without any extra wiring? Gary
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Hi Gary, the solar panels i have are 200 watt each and do a good job of charging the batteries. However I do plan on adding some more solar as soon as I can. I'm not sure how much and i don't know if it's possible but I would like to run one air conditioner maybe 5-6 hours a night. Maybe someone can chime in tell me if it's possible.
A typical 13.5BTU A/C unit requires about 1300 W, not including the surge necessary for starting. You would need at least (1300 W / 12 V) * 5 hr / 0.8 = 680 Ahr of battery capacity or probably more like 800 Ahr when you account for inverter inefficiency and starting current. You would also need an inverter upgrade to handle the A/C. AM Solar has a lithium battery system sized at 800 Ah for $10K, less installation. However, even if you have a 400 W solar system, it would take 24 hours of sunlight generating maximum power in your panels to recharge the batteries after a cool night. Seems impractical.
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Sit on the couch, tilt the tray up a bit from down position, look down at the hinges and adjust the Jack Screws to change the "down" angle. Easy, peasy. Cheerio.
Thanks. I tried that before I even posted. Seems like the hardware is just mounted too low both on the frame in the back cushion. At least on our's anyway.
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We were able to place nine 100 watt AM Solar panels on the roof of our 2014 Classic. If we had planned ahead, might have been able to put ten on the roof. We have a 600 amp-hour lithium battery under the front sofa along with the Magnum MS-2812 inverter. The solar panels are narrow enough to fit beside the A/C units on each side (four each side) and one in the middle. However, our TriStar MPPT 60 solar charge controller is about maxed out on current capacity with nine panels.
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Switz, you seem to have done it right. I am planning to do something similar on my roof. I am in the planning stages now.
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