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Old 01-17-2022, 06:17 AM   #1241
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Reminds me of some good times about a year ago, you're a machine Peter!
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:02 PM   #1242
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Old 02-12-2022, 06:20 PM   #1243
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Aaron (Airdelroy)asked me to help him install his newly acquired rear pano window on his real nice 1989 345. He was lucky to get the one Brad had stashed away.

Took about 6 hours and I am posting a picture of a comprehensive list of specialty tools required to get the job done And yes, Martin is right, Airstream parts are generally not interchangeable.....
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Old 02-12-2022, 06:37 PM   #1244
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Old 02-12-2022, 08:11 PM   #1245
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Your amazing Peter!

Did all those holes line up?
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Old 02-12-2022, 08:30 PM   #1246
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Your amazing Peter!

Did all those holes line up?



Haha, Chris, you know better than that. Nothing 1/2 tube of vulkem and 1/2 tube of tempro 635 couldn't fix. Like I told Aaron, once all the sealer and the black tape we used is set up, you may as well remove all the rivets and the window would stay put.

We had to do some shaving on the window frame itself and convince the internal structural frame with the specialty tool I posted.
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Old 02-12-2022, 09:49 PM   #1247
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That's about what I thought!

Great job, not for the faint of heart!
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Old 02-13-2022, 03:56 AM   #1248
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The Don strikes again; amazing work.

Free accommodation in Oxford and Edinburgh if you ever fancy a vacation.
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Old 02-13-2022, 04:50 AM   #1249
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Thanks for the help! I figure that project would have taken me about 2-3 times as long to do on my own. Knowing what do and how to do it sure makes a difference.


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Old 02-13-2022, 06:47 AM   #1250
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Awesome!

I have a bunch of specialty tools like yours and they get used a LOT
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Old 02-13-2022, 06:49 AM   #1251
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... And yes, Martin is right, Airstream parts are generally not interchangeable.....

I believe that is the under statement of the year
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Old 02-14-2022, 05:18 AM   #1252
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Over the years, I have caught a lot of flag for using Olympic rivets in most of my repairs, with people not realizing the superior sealing and adhesive quality of polyurethane sealers, like vulkem and Tempro. Wrong or right, my observations, when pulling panels, windows and other stuff, the most Airstream ever used is a double sided tape during their assembly. We all know they liberally smeared Vulkem type material on all the inside seams and windows. However in the case of windows, water will find its way internally.

My recommendation is to reseal all windows frames from the outside, using my proven technique and Tempr635 and not the gritty Vulkem, that is used for assembly.
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Old 02-14-2022, 08:08 AM   #1253
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After reading through this forums I have run Parbond sealant along every seam in the MH. Spent a day on the roof alone getting everything waterproofed. A lot of mysterious leaks stopped after I did this.
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Old 03-26-2022, 09:10 AM   #1254
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After going solar at my house, I decided to get this expandable portable Power system. This unit paired with a second battery is capable of powering a 13.5 BTU 110 V RV AC for 6-7 hours, serves as a partial house backup system and has variety of fast charging options. Potentially, the main unit plus the secondary battery, could be installed in the Generator department. Or, I can load it in my Van , i use as a Trailer tow vehicle. It does weigh 100 pounds, but comes on wheels to move around.

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They are nice units Peter, but I'm not sure where some of the weight comes from.

This is my 6.5kWh battery pack waiting to go into Peanut, and it weighs around 90lb with the 3kW inverter.

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Old 03-28-2022, 06:14 AM   #1256
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...This unit paired with a second battery is capable of powering a 13.5 BTU 110 V RV AC for 6-7 hours, serves as a partial house backup system and has variety of fast charging options. Potentially, the main unit plus the secondary battery, could be installed in the Generator department. Or, I can load it in my Van , i use as a Trailer tow vehicle. It does weigh 100 pounds, but comes on wheels to move around.
Peter, have you tried running your AC unit with this system? I'd be interested in knowing if the 6-7 hours of run time are actual or theoretical.
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Old 03-28-2022, 04:31 PM   #1257
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Peter, have you tried running your AC unit with this system? I'd be interested in knowing if the 6-7 hours of run time are actual or theoretical.

Brad, I am awaiting delivery of the base system without the second battery. Check the video below at 4:50 mins to show what it does with the extension battery and a 10 BTU AC.

The Houghton AC, I installed in one of my trailers is a 9500BTU, so the comparison would be similar.

My plan is to install the system in my shop along with 3x160 watt solar panels (appr 10 hour recharge time from empty) and a manual transfer switch going to 5 individual circuits in my shop. This lets me pick and choose which circuits I want to run of the Ecoflow and I most certainly will be testing the AC circuit as well.

Since it is portable, I am planning to load it in my Van for my summer vacation trip to a campground in Colorado at 10k feet, which has no hook ups. As a backup, I will have a 2k Honda to charge it during day hours. It also has a 12V cigarette lighter charge circuit, that will charge the unit when we drive around. Incidentally, my soon to arrive new van will have a 210 amp alternator and 2 batteries.



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Brad, I am awaiting delivery of the base system without the second battery. Check the video below at 4:50 mins to show what it does with the extension battery and a 10 BTU AC.

The Houghton AC, I installed in one of my trailers is a 9500BTU, so the comparison would be similar.
In the video he gives estimated run time but doesn't actually confirm that it will run that long.

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My plan is to install the system in my shop along with 3x160 watt solar panels (appr 10 hour recharge time from empty) and a manual transfer switch going to 5 individual circuits in my shop. This lets me pick and choose which circuits I want to run of the Ecoflow and I most certainly will be testing the AC circuit as well.
Are you getting into renewable energy for your house due to the issues Texas is having with it's power grid? What type of solar did you get for the house?

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Since it is portable, I am planning to load it in my Van for my summer vacation trip to a campground in Colorado at 10k feet, which has no hook ups. As a backup, I will have a 2k Honda to charge it during day hours. It also has a 12V cigarette lighter charge circuit, that will charge the unit when we drive around. Incidentally, my soon to arrive new van will have a 210 amp alternator and 2 batteries.

At 10,000 feet there won't be any shade but it also doesn't get overly hot at that altitude. I built a house in Colorado at 9,200 feet and had no need for an A/C system. Heat was a different matter!
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In the video he gives estimated run time but doesn't actually confirm that it will run that long.

I will report back, once I put the system to use


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Are you getting into renewable energy for your house due to the issues Texas is having with it's power grid? What type of solar did you get for the house?
The system is 7.13kw and covers the southern portions of my roof. It will cover about 75% of my Electric usage. The Ecoflow pro system, once expanded, will serve as a dedicated house back up system. As I mentioned, I will start with my shop, which by itself is a huge energy hog, since it also has a 30 amp RV feed.

And, yes, the Texas power grid issues were part of my decision to become energy independent.



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At 10,000 feet there won't be any shade but it also doesn't get overly hot at that altitude. I built a house in Colorado at 9,200 feet and had no need for an A/C system. Heat was a different matter!

The A/C capacity was just to demonstrate the power these systems pack. Having extended 110 V for all the other stuff is what I am after, without the need to run a generator.
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I will report back, once I put the system to use

The system is 7.13kw and covers the southern portions of my roof. It will cover about 75% of my Electric usage. The Ecoflow pro system, once expanded, will serve as a dedicated house back up system. As I mentioned, I will start with my shop, which by itself is a huge energy hog, since it also has a 30 amp RV feed.

And, yes, the Texas power grid issues were part of my decision to become energy independent.

The A/C capacity was just to demonstrate the power these systems pack. Having extended 110 V for all the other stuff is what I am after, without the need to run a generator.
Hopefully you'll eventually come out ahead as far as cost goes. It's usually a long time but better than the alternative. If I had plans to stay here in Kentucky I might have considered something similar.
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