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Old 04-28-2014, 12:16 PM   #15
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I like that no drill set up. Brings the price down for no drill install if one gets the HD version.

So how does one remove VHB tape? Just wondering, in case one wanted to remove or replace panel.

For storage with solar hooked up it might be worth considering some sort of foam sleeve or spacer blocks to keep the wire from slapping the trailer. Pool noodle, foam pipe wrap, blocks cut from foam packaging. Just something to space the wire off the side of the trailer and pad the trailer side and wire from contact.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:31 PM   #16
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Also Amazon had a Renogy 100 watt at a little over $200 and Grape 50 watt at $189.

Amazon.com : Renogy® 100W Monocrystalline Bendable Solar Panel : Patio, Lawn & Garden

So maybe twice the panel price per watt but not all that bad a price really.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:14 PM   #17
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Thanks Mike for info and pic on the Controller.
What a surprise, its made in the USA !!
I will have to pursue that brand on my Solar build.
Please keep us updated on how everything works.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:41 PM   #18
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Some of these tapes are impossible to remove with destroying something .
This in my opinion is the major drawback as regards their use on molded trailers. Such damage isn't as easy to repair as simply filling a few fastener holes, I'd wager.

Is there a way to remove these tapes without destroying the underlying gelcoat if/when the time comes?
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This in my opinion is the major drawback as regards their use on molded trailers. Such damage isn't as easy to repair as simply filling a few fastener holes, I'd wager.

Is there a way to remove these tapes without destroying the underlying gelcoat if/when the time comes?
I remove VHB often as I use it to fit up prototypes in my Casita. Usually very easy to slice through the foam with a sharp knife, razor blade, etc.

To remove the remaining portions and adhesive from fiberglass I use MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) which is readily found at paint stores, a method recommended by 3M for removal from gelcoat . Might need to let it sit a bit covered with plastic film (it evaporates pretty quick.)

DO NOT get MEK on any painted surfaces.


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Old 04-29-2014, 10:21 PM   #21
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I really like them, I think they work well for lower current connectors. Plus they can't be hooked up wrong. Is it possible to fix these connectors to the wire of your choice or are they all molded fittings?
This is how they come. The fitting itself is sealed, so you would have to splice it onto whatever wire you're using. Also, this is 10 gauge wire. It's a lot thicker than it looks. They're made for trolling motors, and some of them pull 50 amps at full throttle, so I think these could handle a ton of current.

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Not sure how many of you have gone to 3M's website to check out the VHB tape......a very impressive product that is used in a wide array of apps.
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I used 3m 5952 as recommended by 3m tech support for sticking aluminum to gelcoat. Just a 1" strip of tape around perimeter of 22 x 42 frame. Still stuck tight after 5000 miles. Amazing stuff.

Renogy 100w semi flexible panel $199, free frt from Renogy
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Good info, thanks to everybody for posting. I am a couple of weeks away from ordering a couple of panels and a controller and beginning my solar adventure. My current plan is two 60W panels from Renogy and probably their (cheap) 30A controller. I intend to build my own portable "suitcase" type rig and the two 60 watters are as big as I want deal with in that application. I plan on adding two more panels later as my knowledge and interest progresses. I know I really want (need) a MPPT controller, but I have to start somewhere and a $30 controller gets me in the game with enough capacity to grow my system. I will investigate the OPs contoller though, it looks very interesting.
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It's a Genasun GV10-PB-12V. Nothing special about this controller. I chose it because it uses MPPT and it was $65.
Where did you find that bad boy for $65? My Google-foo may be weak but I see it offered for more like $170-$180.
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Where did you find that bad boy for $65? My Google-foo may be weak but I see it offered for more like $170-$180.
My mistake. The $65 price tag was for the 5 amp version. The 10 amp version was $144 at altEstore. Somehow I got the prices confused.
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