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Vintage465

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Posted: 07/15/21 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

joe&julie81 wrote:

Is solar widely available on Airstreams?


Typically and historically Airstream owners aren't in the wheelhouse that goes solar as they are a high end trailer that normally ended up in a resort or park. The introduction of the BaseCamp and Nest coaches are pointed in the direction of being in the Boon Docking arena but neither are really great candidates for solar other than suitcase type units which are pretty limited as far and really caring for off grid camping needs. There is not a lot of real estate on either of these to put permanent solar on so you're pretty well limited to suitcases. Not real certain of the refer that is in the BaseCamp, but the Nest with it's 12v refer will need most of the solar charging from the suitcase to keep it afloat. I have a friend that bought a Nest and had it all figured out how the batteries would hold up with the new type multi stage compressor and his solar.........Flat in two days.......he sold it. That doesn't mean it can't be made to work. It means whoever buys one will need to plan out how to make it work. Right batteries, right solar, right amount of additional load aside from the refer. Me? I'm so happy with a regular coach I can have regular solar on the roof and a propane refer. Propane lasts forever with a fridge and water heater.........not for everyone though......


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Are you looking to buy a new one? Just ask the dealer. Or if used, just ask the owner, they will know these better.

The batteries will do as others have indicated. They will run the fridge between campgrounds where you plug in and then it runs off shoreline 120 voltage.

With new batteries you may run it 2-3 days off battery depending on how much other power you use for lights/fans/electronics etc.

Manufacturers are notorious for putting in the wrong batteries. RV/Marine batteries are ALWAYS the WRONG battery for an RV. "Marine" batteries are only for boats or similar applications, not for running a camper.
Get GOLF CART batteries if going the flooded style, or upgrade to other types.

IF you plan to travel from home straight to a camp ground then back then your battery needs will be very minimal, almost just for emergency uses or during the drive between plugging in to an outlet.
If you plan to camp off-grid with no hook-ups then you will need either a loud generator running half the time or to use solar to keep the batteries charged. 200 watts minimum. 300-400 if you have room on the roof.
Yes, putting flat solar panels on the Airstream is cringe-worthy, but you must in some situations.
I suggest to never use those flexible panels, and several reasons not to. Use the flat glass panels if at all possible.

The deployable "suitcase" or portable solar panels will work, but are a lot of work and only work when they are deployed and plugged in; roof-top panels are always working in the sun, you will need them to always work.

Your fridge will either be an absorption (propane 3-way) or a Danfoss style compressor electric (that needs no outside ventilation). The manufacturer will not install anything except these two options. If buying used from a cheapskate or very ignorant owner then you might get stuck with a household residential style refrigerator. There are some situations where these would be useful and desired, but in general for camping they are not the right way to go.

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Wonder why they dumped that model already? Don’t make em anymore.


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