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Old 10-18-2021, 06:28 PM   #1
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Dear Friends,

Wife and I sold our class C and are picking up our new AF 25W this week. It has been 15 years since our last tongue pull. This one will go behind a 2022 Ram 2500 diesel .

I will need to add (on my own) a slide topper, 120 converter (for small appliance use) and perhaps one additional solar panel.

I welcome any advice/comments moving forward.

Thanks,

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That looks like a very nice layout! I think you will enjoy it!
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Congrats!

We have a 25Y and really like it. Yes, it has had a few issues but I am happy with the service I have received. I believe you are sitting on the same frame we have but with a rear kitchen so weight distribution might vary a bit. My trailer pulls great crosswinds or passing truck do not bother it. Northwood has been great at responding promptly to a few questions I have sent them.

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Enjoy!

I've added a few things to our Arctic Fox that you might consider:

1. soft start for the a/c. It lets a/c run easily on a Honda 2200 or 120 VAC at the house. The generator fits in the compartment intended for the factory installed genset.

2. Wacko a/c silencer. Kind of pricey but well worth it. You can actually have a conversation, hear the TV or sleep without earplugs.

3. Rear view camera. RDS 10 with the rearview mirror mount. Much, much better than the Furrion it replaced.
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Good tips, thanks. Ours came with a backup camera. I have been reading about the ac quieter. What is involved with the soft start for the ac? I am planning on buying a generator so we can use coffee pot etc. Had not thought much about needing ac living in Colorado.
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The soft start required some rewiring inside the a/c housing on the roof. It wasn't difficult and for me well worth doing. There are times when I prefer to load or unload at home in the driveway where I don't have 30 amp service.

You're likely aware of it but it bears reminding that any gas fueled generator's efficiency decreases with altitude. My 2200 watt runs my a/c just fine here at 3800 feet with the soft start but struggled at some higher altitudes.

One thing I added and forgot to mention was the TST tire pressure monitor system. I added it before we ever left the dealers lot. We had it on our last fifth wheel and it saved the day on one occasion.
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Dear Friends,

Wife and I sold our class C and are picking up our new AF 25W this week. It has been 15 years since our last tongue pull. This one will go behind a 2022 Ram 2500 diesel .

I will need to add (on my own) a slide topper, 120 converter (for small appliance use) and perhaps one additional solar panel.

I welcome any advice/comments moving forward.

Thanks,

Dave
You are talking a converter, what you mean is an inverter. The inverter changes the 12 VDC to 120 volt AC. Your rig should all ready have a converter installed, because some new converters also have a battery charger incorporated in the design.

There are a different styles of inverters out there. Decide what you want to use it for as far as appliances. One style is a full rig that can supply power to the whole rig. Another style is dedicated just for certain outlets or a single appliance like a residential fridge has a dedicated inverter. The second style I described is what is in our Road Warrior we have a residential fridge.
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The NROA site has lots of mod suggestions for AF. Including the mods you're looking for.
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