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Old 05-26-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Isata 3 optional solar panels

Still researching, but the Isata 3 seems to be the best value for it's size.

The Isata 3 comes with a standard 1000 watt inverter. The optional solar panel comes with an 1800 watt inverter instead. What will the additional 800 watts do. Simply extend battery time, or allow you to use additional appliances?

Also, does the full wall slide place additional stress on the slide mechanism, and would it be better to add leveling jacks with the slide system
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Old 05-26-2018, 07:35 PM   #2
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I had 18 Isata 3 FW with the solar panels and levelers. I only had for 3 or 4
months and about 3500 miles. For me we had too many problems with it and
just cut our losses and moved on. The big problem was the slide it fail too many times and we just didn't trust it anymore. I only had a 1000 watt inverter so don't know about the 1800, but more is better.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:07 PM   #3
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We have an 18 isata 3 FW, and love it, we have had a few minor problems as with any RV. We love it and have spent a lot of time in it camping and working in it, in remote locations along the west coast. We have the solar package and hyd levelers with propane gen. They all work well together and I would not trade it for any other product out there. The level of help/ information from other owners and Dynamax reps make this place and Dynamax Rvs above and beyond better than you can get elsewhere. There is always upgrades to make to an RV so find what will work for you. There is some great info on this forum, find what works for you and what doesn’t. The solar seems to keep the battery’s charged for our trips dry camping. And I would never go without the auto levelers, they are great. We haven’t had any major problems with our 24FW, and wish you luck. Happy camping!
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:15 AM   #4
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I had 18 Isata 3 FW with the solar panels and levelers. I only had for 3 or 4
months and about 3500 miles. For me we had too many problems with it and
just cut our losses and moved on. The big problem was the slide it fail too many times and we just didn't trust it anymore. I only had a 1000 watt inverter so don't know about the 1800, but more is better.
I went to the Tampa RV Supershow last January to compare MB sprinter based RVs. While I liked the idea of a full wall slide of the Isata, the quality of the product compared to the LTV Unity wasn't there. The bathroom quality of the LTV is something Dynamax should try to benchmark towards.
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Old 05-27-2018, 07:20 AM   #5
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We were not price shoppers when we purchased our Isata 3. We looked at the LTV and it was just too small. They have a slide, but it's about a foot deep. We were also at the Tampa RV show and I saw about a dozen travel trailers I would rather own than a LTV.

But in the spirit of continuous improvement, looking at other lines is a great idea. Another place Dynamax might want to look is at the front profile design of the Navion 24G. That design in the front of the Isata 3FW would really be nice

Also, the Marbella cabinetry Winnie uses really looks high end. That with the artdeco design was nice.

When re-design time rolls around, I would have those ideas on the discussion list.
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I agree with Dave, Marbella curved cabinetry & latches, art deco,... not sure what they use for the mechanics of the slides.

We also liked the non-bunk front low-profile with shaded window, the compressor-based 12VDC/110VAC frig, the larger shower, 9" XITE, Remi blinds, heated drainage, Mercedes OEM fog lights, 12VDC TVs...

If the Winnie 24G had side windows in the rear bedroom slideout instead of the large rear window, the rear pass-thru storage of an RW, larger batteries, we would have gone that route.

We also considered going with a VIA 24T.

The Winnie 24G has been lengthened to 25'-8" with the rear slide retracted.
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Still researching, but the Isata 3 seems to be the best value for it's size.

The Isata 3 comes with a standard 1000 watt inverter. The optional solar panel comes with an 1800 watt inverter instead. What will the additional 800 watts do. Simply extend battery time, or allow you to use additional appliances?

Also, does the full wall slide place additional stress on the slide mechanism, and would it be better to add leveling jacks with the slide system
I don't know if they offer an 1800W inverter anymore. My Isata 3 has a 1000W and it is fine for most things. I put an extra 200W of solar for a total of 400W. I too love my Isata 3 FW and have had a few problems but fixed them as they popped up. Never had to go to a dealer yet as I fixed everything myself which is what I prefer. My FW Slide is working just fine and I keep it well lubricated with dry lube on the tracks and silicon on the seals and rollers. 20,000 + miles and I wouldn't trade it for anything else.

My best upgrade to date are the Battle Born Lithium Batteries. For the two of them you save 80 lbs have twice the power and they maintain over 13V down to 20% state of charge. I can run my slide in and out all day without running the generator.
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:32 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=DanM33573;1821545The Isata 3 comes with a standard 1000 watt inverter. The optional solar panel comes with an 1800 watt inverter instead. What will the additional 800 watts do. Simply extend battery time, or allow you to use additional appliances?[/QUOTE]
No one seems to have directly answered this question, so I will.

The "inverter" converts 12v battery power to 120v AC for appliances like a residential refrigerator, microwave oven, and appliances your family might like to bring along, like a curling iron or blow dryer or toaster. It's only important when you are "dry camping" or boondocking, with no pedestal to plug into.

This is where you start reading labels and learning about watts. A typical microwave is 1500 watts. You could not run it with a 1000 watt inverter. You could run it with an 1800 watt inverter, but you couldn't run much else with it. A hair dryer or toaster is probably also about 1500 watts, and a coffee maker isn't much less. A residential refrigerator is 1200-1400 watts. You couldn't run any two of these at the same time. With careful management, you could run any them all, just not together.

This leads to a second, more difficult question. If you're really serious about boondocking for an extended period of time, you have to figure out how much solar you need for the power use you expect (and how many batteries). The refrigerator uses 1200 watts, but not all the time. Maybe its duty cycle is 33%. If solar power generates an average of 400 watts over 24 hours, you can run the refrigerator indefinitely without drawing the battery down--if there are no cloudy or rainy days. Figuring out how to do this is the subject of many extended discussions on this and other forums, and I won't attempt to summarize it here.

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Still researching, but the Isata 3 seems to be the best value for it's size.

The Isata 3 comes with a standard 1000 watt inverter. The optional solar panel comes with an 1800 watt inverter instead. What will the additional 800 watts do. Simply extend battery time, or allow you to use additional appliances?

Also, does the full wall slide place additional stress on the slide mechanism, and would it be better to add leveling jacks with the slide system
Solar option does not come with an 1800w inverter. I had to check my own price sheet to figure where you got that.

I know someone might have recommended it..to run a hair dryer or maybe microwave...but we never changed over.

I'm sure we could look at a custom request if we still carry the 1800 watt...but I think all the big stuff is switching over to the 2800 watt inverter/charger.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:11 PM   #10
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Unless I am reading it wrong, a pdf was sent out last week comparing the Isata with several other RV's and it is listed near the bottom as an option
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