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I'm looking for someone who will install customer provided solar panels and provide other components for the 3 or 4 panels I have. My coach is a 2006 Monaco Diplomat with the standard 4 - 6V battery configuration and 2500 W Modified wave inverter/charger. The panels are 220W at 34V. I will need mounting hardware, controller and appropriate instrumentation and likely new batteries. Any advice welcomed.
I have way too much time on my hands!!! But another thread, 'RV-Industry death spiral', hit a nerve. Made me think. And too much time and thinking don't always bode well!! We often talk about quality control, features and of course price. That's all well and good. But what about RV design? How long has it been since there has been a change/rethink in the way America RVs have been designed? Come on? Think. Back in the mid 90's slides entered the market. (I'm generalizing). DP's have become more popular but design hasn't changed. Colour exteriors rather than cream or white. But apart from new gimmicks, bells and whistles and some electronics what has changed? 5th wheels are always front bedroom and rear lounge/kitchen. (Yes generalizing again). Motorhomes always have rear bedrooms. Side doors are rare. So where's the innovation? Where is the break from tradition, (read easy)? Look at a few European RVs and see what I mean. Wonderfully creative designs. Curved cupboards. Lounge with panoramic windows in trailers. I could go on and on. But flick through a few of the manufacturers on this link. https://motorhomeseurope.com/625/motorhome-rv-makes-and-manufacturers/ Yes I know different conditions. But why can't some of these ideas be imported/stolen by US manufacturers? And don't say they wont handle the conditions here in the USA. They are doing well in many other parts of the world. Besides you can't complain about the quality of USA built RVs and then turn around and say they are built better than European ones. If the price was 'reasonable'. And if the quality matched the price. Would European features/layouts/size work in the USA? And if not how would you change the design of USA RVs to get them a whole new look and feel. A 1000hp pusher 50ft long doesn't count!!! regards
Hi Everyone, My questions are for mostly the people that have installed their own 5th wheel hitch. Please don't look at this from the point of view that I only need help from ones who have installed a hitch or too. I could use everyone's help. I looked at the resource guild with not much luck. I have even looked at Gregg's site also with no luck. I will be installing a Trailer Saver hitch. What kind of material list does someone need, steel, bolts, etc.. What tools should I have on hand ? What is the best way to drill the frame ? Drilling the frame, do you really need a mag drill ? Or is there another way to drill the frame without the help of a mag drill ? I understand that the frame is heat treated. The reason for the comments about the mag drill is because it looks like it could be a problem getting it set-up. What am I missing ? I understand that I might be beating a dead horse. If so, I apology. I am trying to get my ducks in a row. Al