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Old 06-30-2020, 07:25 PM   #1
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Go Power Overlander 190 Watt. Opinions?

I have an earlier thread about 10 days in Yellowstone and solar. I wanted to keep same thread but thought I would need a new title to get opinions on this specific unit.
As I'm sure a lot of you know, Forest River offers the Go Power Overlander 190 watt as a factory install. Does anyone have this exact unit that could comment on their likes and dislikes, get/don't get and general overall opinion on this set up. My build starts in 3 weeks so I need to figure this out.
Thanks for any information. This solar stuff is frying my brain.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:15 PM   #2
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I have the factory 100w on my 19FBS.
Love it.
For our needs in this unit we have no need to add a panel.

This cutsheet may help you decide what will meet your needs. If I had a choice on my build I would have chosen the 190, but am COMPLETELY satisfied with my 100


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Old 07-02-2020, 08:50 AM   #3
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I contacted my salesman who told me that Rockwood has already assigned my VIN and they wonít make any changes. Build is still 4-5 weeks out.
Doesnít sound right to me but I donít know.
Bottom line, I canít add it.
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I contacted my salesman who told me that Rockwood has already assigned my VIN and they wonít make any changes. Build is still 4-5 weeks out.
Doesnít sound right to me but I donít know.
Bottom line, I canít add it.
That doesn't make any sense. They could certainly add it as an option later after built, right?
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Old 07-02-2020, 12:17 PM   #5
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That doesn't make any sense. They could certainly add it as an option later after built, right?
VIN numbers also include coding for what the factory installed at time of build. Once VIN is created that number really can't be changed.

Factories are not much different than the Military. Rules, regulations, paperwork, and ignoring them only occurs when someone's shooting at you.

As for adding/changing afterward, sure but at extra expense.
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:04 PM   #6
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VIN numbers also include coding for what the factory installed at time of build. Once VIN is created that number really can't be changed.

Factories are not much different than the Military. Rules, regulations, paperwork, and ignoring them only occurs when someone's shooting at you.

As for adding/changing afterward, sure but at extra expense.
However, in military contract building, there are revisions to build specifications. For example, a class of submarine has the original build specifications, which are completed and tested. Then the submarine will return to the shipyard after the initial testing where the contract modifications are then installed, and the submarine goes out and gets tested again with the modifications.

It just seems highly unlikely the the definite answer to installing the solar panels at the factory would be a solid, definite NO. If the manufacturer had any flexibility at all they should be able to accommodate a request to add the solar panels as a customer requested option - exactly the same as if the customer came back a year later and wanted the solar panels added as an option. At an increased cost, of course. It doesn't have to change any specifications at all designated by the VIN. The trailer gets built according the specs designated by the VIN, it then rolls to the section of the plant that would handle post sale customer requested repairs/modifications/warranty work, etc. and there they would install the solar panels.
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:37 PM   #7
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Iím calling the factory direct tomorrow. Iíll post an update.
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VIN numbers also include coding for what the factory installed at time of build. Once VIN is created that number really can't be changed.

Factories are not much different than the Military. Rules, regulations, paperwork, and ignoring them only occurs when someone's shooting at you.

As for adding/changing afterward, sure but at extra expense.
Compelling explanation. Still, they can cancel one order and place a new one, even if it means the customer goes to the back of the line.

IMO, this was horrible customer service.
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Compelling explanation. Still, they can cancel one order and place a new one, even if it means the customer goes to the back of the line.

IMO, this was horrible customer service.
I think it was a compelling explanation (polite word for excuse) provided by the dealer who didn't want to jump through any extra hoops to fully satisfy a customer.
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