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Old 08-13-2009, 04:23 PM   #15
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Found some of the posts, Solar VHB
Thanks Greg. This is just what I want to do.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:56 PM   #16
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Mike----I am really glad you asked that question. Lots of great info in this thread.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:23 AM   #17
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Thanks Greg. This is just what I want to do.
Mike,

The best place I've found for buying VHB tape is McMaster-Carr. The have a huge selection and you can buy smaller rolls.

Good luck.
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:24 AM   #18
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:54 AM   #19
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Try this stuff.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:31 PM   #20
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The best place I've found for buying VHB tape is McMaster-Carr. The have a huge selection and you can buy smaller rolls.

Good luck.
Morgan, Would you feel comfortable using VHB tape to hold your solar panels on?
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:27 PM   #21
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Mike,

I too hesitated about the mounting method to use when I installed two 80 watt panels on my Bigfoot last year. After much research and deliberation, I decided on the VHB tape. I used much larger Z brackets than were supplied with my panels. The Z brackets I used have a contact area of 2 x 4 inches vs. the 1 x 1 inch supplied with panels. See attached pictures.

After one year and 4,000 miles, I have had no problems. The panels are very secure and feel like they would be difficult to remove. I will be at the Bigfoot Rally this year where you could take a closer look if you are attending.

I still plan on writing a detailed procedure on my solar installation.

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Old 08-15-2009, 05:36 PM   #22
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Morgan, Would you feel comfortable using VHB tape to hold your solar panels on?
I would.

With the caveat Gina raised; clean, clean, clean.

And Dean illustrates a good point; larger surface area means better adhesion.
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:42 AM   #23
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Thanks Dean & Morgan. I really appreciate the feed back.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:57 AM   #24
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Thanks Dean & Morgan. I really appreciate the feed back.
Why don't you just tell Lori to handle it; you know she'll do it right.
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Why don't you just tell Lori to handle it; you know she'll do it right.


She is in charge of the important stuff and is letting me play with this.
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Where would you recommend I buy my solar panels from?
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:25 PM   #27
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After checking with another on-line friend I am considering this system.

http://www.amsolar.com/am100.html
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:33 AM   #28
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The MPPT technology in a Solar controller is worth the money.
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