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bobfinch wrote:

Looking for advice, considering downsizing from our HR Ambassador 40dst to a View style class C. There seems to be a broad price range even on the same chassis. Any feedback on MFGs to stay away from and or what you like about your units is greatly appreciated.


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There are a few variations in fridges these days. Winnebago has been using compressor fridges. Compressor fridges draw more power off the 12V system which is a consideration when dry camping.


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Winnebagos with compressor refrigerators are equipped with 200 watts of of solar panels.





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gemsworld wrote:

Winnebagos with compressor refrigerators are equipped with 200 watts of of solar panels.


...which are teats on a boar when camped under trees.

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Winnebagos with compressor refrigerators are equipped with 200 watts of of solar panels.
...which are tits on a boar when camped under trees.
That is why I dropped my pursuit for solar. We seek shade all the time, and it does'nt take much shade to render solar useless.


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ron.dittmer wrote:

Dakzuki wrote:

gemsworld wrote:

Winnebagos with compressor refrigerators are equipped with 200 watts of of solar panels.
...which are tits on a boar when camped under trees.
That is why I dropped my pursuit for solar. We seek shade all the time, and it does'nt take much shade to render solar useless.


There is an alternative which can help. I have a ground deploy setup on 40' of cord. If the RV is in the shade (which it usually is at some point) I can deploy solar into the sun (so far).

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Dakzuki wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

Dakzuki wrote:

gemsworld wrote:

Winnebagos with compressor refrigerators are equipped with 200 watts of of solar panels.
...which are tits on a boar when camped under trees.
That is why I dropped my pursuit for solar. We seek shade all the time, and it does'nt take much shade to render solar useless.
There is an alternative which can help. I have a ground deploy setup on 40' of cord. If the RV is in the shade (which it usually is at some point) I can deploy solar into the sun (so far).
I have seen those ground deploys. The one that folds into quarters, the size of a large briefcase looked interesting. I just don't think it's for us, at least not yet. But it is surely more viable to me than screwed-on panels on top of a shaded roof.

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I use an inexpensive H. Frt ground system . Although its only 100w, it does what I need it to do. IM always in the shade at state CG's and this setup works for me.

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