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  1. randsfl
    02-04-2019 11:36 AM
    hey - I posted at forum about solar - looking for you - i have basecamp - i would truly like to meet and talk about solar with you since your down in Naples and lauded - also, by coincidence will be going to Oregon as part of my spring trip this year

    4rl.4sl.fl@gmail.com - the wife and I live in the Moorings

    I would appreciate your response and thanks for taking your time
  2. Read
    12-05-2018 12:32 PM

    I am researching the purchase of an Airstream in retirement. For budgeting, I am looking at the costs of outfitting an Airstream for boondocking, including installing a lift and solar power.

    As I have read various posts, I am trying to get an idea of how much it would cost to supply and install solar on the roof of a 25 - 28 foot Airstream of sufficient size to supply all reasonable electrical needs along with lithium batteries.

    I have read various self install posts but would likely be more comfortable with a professional installation.

    Can you give me a ballpark of how much to budget you or another installer to provide a large enough system to be self sufficient?

    Thank you

  3. rc111
    09-13-2018 01:38 PM
    Hi Lew,

    I've been getting a lot of benefit from your many posts! Thought I would run this scenario by the expert

    I'veupgraded my 2007 Safari 23SE with 200W of solar (rooftop) and a line that allows me to connect a 100W portable panel on the ground, running through 30A solar charge controller. The controller can handle 400W, which means I could put another 100W up top. I upgraded to two 6V Lifeline GPL-4CT batteries (which give me 220 amp hours if I'm not mistaken). I also put in a 2800W sin wave Magnum inverter.

    What I am thinking of doing is replacing the dometic 2-way with a NovaKool RMU8320 AC/DC and be able to run it 24/7 while dry camping for extended periods. Basically, I'd like a fail-safe off the grid system that runs on solar.

    I am thinking to install the additional 100W panel, adding two more Lifeline GPL-4CT's (for a total of four) and spending the $ on the Novakool.

    Is this overkill? Am I missing anything in my analysis here?

  4. dawntol2
    07-08-2018 10:44 PM
    Hi Lew,
    We are new airstream owners (2016 25fb serenity) and I have been reading your posts regarding electrical upgrades. I'm planning to add solar and lithium. I've settled on the Victron Multiplus 3000VA and wonder if you have a recommendation for a solar charger. I can imagine getting up to 900W solar and 900 AH LiFePO batteries, but will likely start smaller. Thank you, Glenn & Dawn
  5. BBosso4
    06-13-2018 05:09 PM
    lewster, I live in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. My wife and I just bought an airstream and I really want to get the weboost system installed before we hit the road in August. In the threads I've read, it appears you've installed a handful of these. Are you currently in Naples and is there any way I can hire you to install ours? I'm nervous I'm going to totally jack up our beautiful new airstream in the process. Any thoughts?
  6. Land Stitchy
    Hello Lew, your name came up in a few posts that I have put up on my 2017 AI battery problems. Everyone says get rid of the BIM and put in a Blue Sea. Is this your business? If so, where are you located? I am in Fort Lauderdale.
  7. johndorst
    Hi - I read elsewhere on the forums (on a 10-year old post) that you sold a kit containing screws. I'm missing a couple to hold a cabinet up and an looking to replace them. As it is on the interior, do regular stainless steel screws work, or is it important to get coated ones? Are you still selling that kit? Thanks!
  8. Pariscope
    Hey there, We have a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter. We need to replace the yellow awning that came with the camper. The dimensions are: Roller size is 8' 10-1/2" The fabric is 8' 21/2" actual. An act of kindness will greatly be appreciated for the choice of fabric design and color. We would like to see choices before it's produced but otherwise, we are very flexible. 850 206 6986 Von. https://photos.app.goo.gl/mWA5k7aBNXSazqWe2
  9. GarrettF
    03-16-2018 11:45 AM
    Hey Lew, I hear you're the resident solar expert. I just bought a 2015 international signature 27fb, and I'm interested in solar for it. Basically I want to be able to boondock as long as my water and sewer tanks hold out. Do you do installs? What would I need to have a real mack daddy power system? I imagine ~300-400 watts of panels, a new battery bank, an inverter. What should it all cost, plus installation?
  10. chasman
    02-22-2018 10:15 AM
    Forgot to tell you that we are picking up a 2018 Airstream next month as our 2014 was totaled when a tire company jacked it at the wrong spot in spite of me walking in with the owners manual open to show them where to jack it....

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