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  1. Alice&Billis
    Hi Again, guess its been a while since Ive been on the forum and saw your reply about solar systems from June. I really think its something we might be interested in adding. Not sure what one can accomplish with 106 watts but the 200 sounds promising. By the way, I spent a Wed-Saturday at the campground in Jackson Center in July while I had some factory repairs made. Amazing service, amazing prices, and unusually fine repair work and crafts/trades technical types all around. Cant wait to go back and meet a bunch more interesting people just like us!
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  2. dkottum
    06-06-2016 07:22 PM
    dkottum
    Hi Bill, our Airstream had two 53 watt factory solar panels on it when new, didn't order it that way but have been very happy with solar charging, wouldn't travel without it now. We are presently shopping for a Zamp potable suitcase type solar setup to supplement our factory system, in the 18 to 200 watt range. We have been leaving our generator at home because it's a nuisance, but traveling east and during winter months we had a need for stronger solar charging. The portable unit can be a nuisance too, but we can move it out from a shady campsite, and can aim it direct to the sun so it can be more efficient than rooftop panels. Our choice comes to the nuisance of the portable generator of the nuisance of the portable solar. Of course the solar is nowhere near as powerful as the generator (no heating appliances) but the solar sets out there working through the day, while the generator is used on a limited basis.
  3. Alice&Billis
    Hello from Texas. You guys spend so much time on the road so I thought I would inquire as to whether or not you have installed solar in your rig and if so what your basic thoughts are? Thanks, Bill Hoot
  4. Alice&Billis
    reporting back on my adventure north to Madison. 2467 miles round trip, had a blast, stayed in the burb of Monona in a Dane County park. Great facility, still open until the 27th of October, showers, everything in good condition, couldn't beat the location. It is called Lake Farm and at night you could see the capitol building, one night they shot off fireworks. Did stop off at Zip Dee as planned on the way home and had them install a street side and rear awning and also tire shades. Overnighted in their lot. A successful trip (and you well know this) is one that runs like a Rolex watch, no flats, no mechanical problems, and a tow vehicle that performs. Took pictures and posted to this website.
  5. dkottum
    09-06-2014 08:49 PM
    dkottum
    Hi Bill. Just saw your note on a trip to Madison. That's quite a distance southeast of us and am not familiar with the area either. We are further north but after Labor Day the camping season really winds down, and early to mid-October can bring freezing temps at night here. We head south about that time for the winter and watch the temperatures closely. If well below freezing (mid-twenties) we have to be sure to use the furnace at night to keep the underfloor water systems from freezing up, and to monitor propane levels.
    Good to hear from you and good luck on your trip.
  6. Alice&Billis
    been a while since we talked. Heading to Madison Wisconsin (late in the season) on October 14th and returning October 19th to Texas. I want to pull the Airstream up there with me so I have a place to eat, sleep, etc without the added cost of motels, hotels, restaurants etc. While headed home, would like to stop off at Zip Dee and have two or three awnings installed at their shop which is a second reason to pull it up there. Any ideas about where I might find a spot around Madison or am I dreaming? Thanks! Bill Hoot



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