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Old 05-06-2014, 09:14 AM   #29
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I had another thought. If you purchased the camper with a compressor type fridge, then more solar panels make sense. I have 6 panels on my camper
Keep in mind you have a Bigfoot truck Camper with a very high & large flat roof area for mounting all those panels out of sight. Few here with fiberglass trailers have that amount of flat area to mount panels and even less so in the case of the Alto trailer the OP is purchasing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:26 AM   #30
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........ I am not sure it is worth the cost for me, but since you are buying new, you may want to consider a compressor type electric fridge and skip the absorption type propane/ electric fridge commonly found in RVs...........
Great point on cost. The 12v or 12v/120v refrigerators may not be much, if any, cheaper than the propane fueled versions but if you changing out or starting fresh then why not. With the reduced cost of solar panels it just makes sense to simplify things and get away from fossil fuels. I started out my adult life living in a very old park model trailer, and although I did not have any problems I have a real aversion to burning anything in such an enclosed space. I know propane appliances work and work well but they are not for me. I ditched the non-working refrigerator from my 1988 Scamp in favor of a 120v "dorm" fridge I already had. It was an easy decision especially since most of my camping plans for the immediate future include sites with 120v hook ups (and showers). But, for the more distant future I am planning a 12v refrigerator and solar panels to run it (and new batteries and charge wizard).
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Keep in mind you have a Bigfoot truck Camper with a very high & large flat roof area for mounting all those panels out of sight. Few here with fiberglass trailers have that amount of flat area to mount panels and even less so in the case of the Alto trailer the OP is purchasing.

With flexible panels they have lots of space and oriented properly they would have a better angle also. With the roof down, if away for a few hours, the angle could be even better. They have lots of options. In any case one or two panels is great for them, and since they want these dealer installed, erring on the more is better side is not a bad idea.

Also, many people prefer to park I the shade so remote arrays make sense for some people.
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With flexible panels they have lots of space and oriented properly they would have a better angle also.
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I actually use the movable panels here on the west coast due to often having a large overhead tree canopy and yes having an angled room on the trailer the OP is getting would help but *only* if they can actually park the trailer at the correct angle to the sun. As you know if camping in state parks etc the orientation as to what direction the trailer sits is often not an option.

Suspect that due to the big sloop on the rear and front of the OP's trailer that getting actual sun on those areas could turn out to be an issue. Not to mention aesthetics - but that may just be a female thing! Suspect they would get the best solar results in the small area at the peak of the trailer were it appears the manufacture installs their panels.
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Greetings Leslie and congrats on your upcoming arrival. I really like the Safari Condo rigs, very creative.

One thing that came to my mind some time ago was the possibility that the _south side_ of the Condo, say the curb side if parked that way, would most likely need an awning on the very top lip of the roof as there is quite a bit of view-ports/windows going on in the design. If you ended up parked in direct sunlight to charge the roof mounted solar panels all the sun coming through said windows might create some heat to vent out?? That said, again, i think the rigs are beautiful!

As others have said, get the solar to the max...you can always add batteries later.

Oh, and you mentioned it would have a fantastic fan? You might ask them if they can put up a MaxxFan 5100K instead. Here is a picture of the two in comparison... we took off the FF on our van and put a MF in its place so we could have the fan going during rainy days.

fantastic fan and MaxxFan compared:


ALSO, other MF owners will state that the MF has much nicer controls. AND it should be a no-extra-cost swap for the trailer manufacturer (Parkliner swaped out for zero$$)

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