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Old 09-26-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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'06 Bambi: Replace a/c with solar panels

After 10 years, with dry-camping our primary use, I am considering removing our oem Dometic air conditioner from our 19' Bambi, and using the freed-up rooftop space for adding solar panels. I have always disliked the weight, noise and slight ozone smell from the a/c, and would prefer to rely on a new Maxxair Maxxfan vent system to upgrade our air circulation. We always plan our road trips with weather in mind, and have resorted to an occasional cheap hotel in really hot conditions. The added solar capacity would be welcome in keeping the batteries topped off, and we already have a 1250 Watt inverter installed. I am not a DIY'er when it comes to plumbing or electrical, so I will probably ask my local AS dealer/service to do these modifications. Any advice, (helpful) comments?
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #2
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Not a direct answer, but the TV alternator charge line could be upgraded versus removing AC.

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Same for using a generator.
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