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  1. Bambi75
    07-30-2020 10:11 AM
    Bambi75
    Hi, Lew,

    I plan to order a second Airstream within the next few months, the 2021 Globetrotter 23FB Twin that has the NovaKool RFU6800 6.8 cu ft electric refrigerator drawing 5.2 amp when running on 12 v DC. Even though Airstream offers 180w factory solar on longer Gas, Airstream only offers 90w factory solar on 23 FB GT configurations. I don’t think that is enough power to deal with the electric fridge even if I add lithium batteries. I would like to add at least 180w solar, preferably 360w, but when I discussed adding more solar with Bill Thomas Camper Sales a month ago they said there wasn’t enough room due to the fridge vent. Airstream still vents the electric fridge through the roof in 2021, but the vent is almost dead center on the 23 ft GT and it appears to me that there should be room for at least 2 and perhaps 4 of the 90w 58.3" x 13.5" Zamp panels. What am I missing?

    Carl Russell
    719-338-2404
    ruslcart@icloud.com
    Aurora, CO
  2. StephensNC
    Lew -

    I have a 2014.5 Ext Interstate Lounge that I am considering modifying for more boon docking. Currently has one factory installed solar panel (100w), two Lifeline AGM 100Ah batteries, and so far as I know, the standard Adkinson controller and other electrical equipment. Will you consult with me on some options for improvements?

    Jim Stephens
    910-540-5420
    jimsbc@gmail.com
    Raleigh, NC
  3. Jimbo00
    03-19-2020 01:43 PM
    Jimbo00
    Having some trouble with my MM1212 inverter. First one fan froze up after 6 years, causing the unit to over heat... we both know in no good. Noticed it because the inverter was clicking on for a brief period of time then off and the batteries we no longer getting charged. Had a spare mm 1212 that I had ordered approx 2 years before (that's another story). Put the spare in and it worked for a month then gave off an internal fault condition. Took the control board off the old one and plugged it into the new on and it did the charge for 30 seconds than switched off. Same fault as the old inverter... So i figured the control board must be bad on both... ordered a control board and replaced it... gave the same internal fault signal. Any thoughts???
  4. WDEL
    02-06-2020 07:17 AM
    WDEL
    Lew:Have lost your contact info, been sending pm but have not head from you. Please e-mail me at billdeloache@gmail.com
  5. d.kudlo
    11-12-2019 09:32 PM
    d.kudlo
    Hello, We just recently bought a 30 foot Flying Cloud and would like to get more information about adding solar and converting the batteries to lithium-ion. We intend to live full time in the trailer and my husband is a photographer so having enough power for his computer, monitor, and network boosters is very important. We are willing to live without the AC and microwave while just on solar, so that can be taken into account. Could you give us more information on the process of adding solar and converting the batteries?

    Thank you in advance for your time! You can email directly at d.kudlo@gmail.com.
  6. Bareridge
    When is a good time to contact you? Have a few questions on putting together a portable solar and inverter/controller setup. want to add 2 more 6v at some point to go with my 2-6v i have. bbarewoods@gmail.com is email.
  7. dumbclub
    04-02-2019 05:46 PM
    dumbclub
    Hi Lewster,

    I originally contacted alano about helping me integrate my upgraded electrical system, but after seeing the details, he suggested you as a better resource. I hope you'll be willing to take a look because I could sure use some reassurance for my project.

    I bought a 2018 International 23FB four weeks ago and have been installing a BattleBorn/Victron replacement system. The installation is nearly complete, but I'm a little nervous about "throwing the switch" before someone knowledgeable checks my work.

    Would you mind answering a few questions for me?

    Thanks,
    John Clark

    Currently in Malibu, hoping to hit the road next week.
  8. Freedomrider
    Hi Lewster,
    I feel great to have an opportunity to talk to you. I have a 2013 30' Classic, Factory-Installed Solar system, 50 Amp, 2 AC's, 2 Group 27 AGM batteries, PD9260 Power Inverter, and 2 Honda Generators.

    I would like to discuss some options and price on how to upgrade this system with Easy Start for both AC's, more wattage thru additional Solar panels, and max gain HD Digital TV Antenna.

    I know there are many options, but I am more interested in your approach and options on how I may best be able to accomplish this. I live in Lakeland, FL. I hope you will be able to find time to meet with me before this winter is over. If not, would like to hear your options.

    Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
  9. randsfl
    02-04-2019 10:36 AM
    randsfl
    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
  10. Read
    12-05-2018 11:32 AM
    Read
    Lew-

    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

    Read

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