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Old 10-03-2015, 05:07 AM   #11
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AWESOME - sounds like you are not as "New" as you made yourself out to be - you are on top of it!

Let us know how your PDI went!
PDI went good, took us about 3.5 hours. There were 4 things that came up, they fixed them all while we went to lunch. They adjusted our 5th wheel hitch up as bottom of the unit sat too low to the bed at first hookup.

Getting tires changed out in the morning (tech even said we should)

Our plan initially was to get an onan 5500LP generator installed, but we are re-thinking that. We are thinking about doing a bigger solar setup with more batteries instead. Neither DW or I really enjoy the idea of listening to a generator to have to charge batteries, or loosing all that space up front. (we would loose some with a bigger battery bank, but not as much as a generator). We would still probably pickup and lug around one of those little honda external generators that everyone talks about. Although im not 100% sure if we need the EU2000i or EU2000iA, the iA has a 30a plug. It would really be just for weekly laundry usage with our combo unit, things of that nature.

We did expierence the chucking everyone talks about, guess you cant help it when your towing what amounts to a 12k lb brick behind you. Dealer recommended the moride pinbox over the trailair. I will have to dig into that.

Plan at this point is to load up some basics and leave Thursday for a few days to the cooler weather (probably at a park with power) to get the kinks worked out.

If anybody has good information on an Arizona based solar company for RV's I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 10-03-2015, 05:55 AM   #12
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I have no input on the solar, but that is a nice looking rig! Congratulations and good luck!
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:22 AM   #13
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Nice looking rig. You mentioned going to solar. Is your trailer pre wired for it, if so is system called Zamp. Mine came with that system and just for info it is wire opposite of other systems so it they make you believe you can only use there's but from what I've read you can reverse the polarity at the trailer to use other systems. Later RJD
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:33 AM   #14
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Good morning,

A few updates from us so far (T-minus 18 days).

Tires were swapped out Saturday morning, and I installed the tireminder TPMS system, just have to install the booster it came with.

We picked up one of those little Honda 2000iA generators (just in case).

Power management system, and pressure regulator arrived yesterday.

Next on the list is picking a state to domicile, a wifi range extender ( https://www.wifiranger.com/shop/product/49-elite-pack ), and solar. Oh, and the oxygenics shower head that I forgot with my last amazon order.

Been slow loading stuff into the trailer, we have it parked in the street as close to the sidewalk as I could get it, so we keep the slides in most of the time to be polite.

Any recommendations on lower watt LED's? The LED's above the bed and above the couch are super bright, almost blinding and we want dimmer ones. They aren't controlled by a switch, they have their own little buttons on the light cover.

We did find out that the two switches (one in the hall going up the stairs, and one in the bathroom) weren't actually broken, they control little LED strips in the kitchen island and bathroom counter. DW was very excited about them.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:49 AM   #15
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PDI went good, took us about 3.5 hours. There were 4 things that came up, they fixed them all while we went to lunch. They adjusted our 5th wheel hitch up as bottom of the unit sat too low to the bed at first hookup.

Getting tires changed out in the morning (tech even said we should)

Our plan initially was to get an onan 5500LP generator installed, but we are re-thinking that. We are thinking about doing a bigger solar setup with more batteries instead. Neither DW or I really enjoy the idea of listening to a generator to have to charge batteries, or loosing all that space up front. (we would loose some with a bigger battery bank, but not as much as a generator). We would still probably pickup and lug around one of those little honda external generators that everyone talks about. Although im not 100% sure if we need the EU2000i or EU2000iA, the iA has a 30a plug. It would really be just for weekly laundry usage with our combo unit, things of that nature.

We did expierence the chucking everyone talks about, guess you cant help it when your towing what amounts to a 12k lb brick behind you. Dealer recommended the moride pinbox over the trailair. I will have to dig into that.

Plan at this point is to load up some basics and leave Thursday for a few days to the cooler weather (probably at a park with power) to get the kinks worked out.

If anybody has good information on an Arizona based solar company for RV's I would greatly appreciate it.
You would not believe how quiet those Onan 5.5KW propane generators are! We toured the XLT Thunderbolt factory this year at Goshen and they had a unit set up and running the generator. We could barely hear the thing when we were standing by the front cap and could not hear it at all when we were inside the 5er and in the bedroom (right over the generator compartment!)

If you really are interested in Solar power, the blog "Gone With The Wynn's" has a great piece of solar panels here: Resurrecting Dinosaurs ? Our RV Modifications and Technology

For us when we go FT, when you absolutely need power, you can always rely on a generator (think a Katrina situation here). The solar panels would be a great option but they wind up costing much more than a generator. If I could swing it, I would want both - and I see the front cap basement as a great place to mod the generator cover to be an expanded battery bay (You sure could put a boatload of batteries on top of the genny cover!)

The Gone with the Wynn's article is interesting because they are opting for Lithium batteries instead of 6 or 12 Volt. They have the advantage of a larger ah, less weight, maintenance free with a 7 year life and you can drain them to 90% The down side? MAN theswe suckers are expensive!!
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Those lithium batteries are for sure pricey. I've been on the wynns site for a long time, they have a lot of good information. I've been talking to the guys at GoPower for help on a solar setup.

The plan is to add 2-3 more matching 6 volt batteries (I have to re-run the numbers on amp hours) and add 440 watts of solar (2 x 160watt solar panels on the roof and a 120watt portable one). Thier controller would allow for 1 more 160watt panel if necessary down the road.

Good news is, we already have a decent 4 stage converter/charger and a 1000watt inverter, so that saves a decent chunk on initial cost, and there is a highly recommended GoPower dealer just down the road to help with installation.

Lithium will be a few years down the road once these 6 volt batteries are done.

Last question (well...probably not). What does everyone use to keep dishes/cups from breaking while in motion? It's not cost effective, let alone nice to the environment to use paper products as full timers.

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You would not believe how quiet those Onan 5.5KW propane generators are! We toured the XLT Thunderbolt factory this year at Goshen and they had a unit set up and running the generator. We could barely hear the thing when we were standing by the front cap and could not hear it at all when we were inside the 5er and in the bedroom (right over the generator compartment!)

If you really are interested in Solar power, the blog "Gone With The Wynn's" has a great piece of solar panels here: Resurrecting Dinosaurs ? Our RV Modifications and Technology

For us when we go FT, when you absolutely need power, you can always rely on a generator (think a Katrina situation here). The solar panels would be a great option but they wind up costing much more than a generator. If I could swing it, I would want both - and I see the front cap basement as a great place to mod the generator cover to be an expanded battery bay (You sure could put a boatload of batteries on top of the genny cover!)

The Gone with the Wynn's article is interesting because they are opting for Lithium batteries instead of 6 or 12 Volt. They have the advantage of a larger ah, less weight, maintenance free with a 7 year life and you can drain them to 90% The down side? MAN theswe suckers are expensive!!
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