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Old 04-18-2014, 06:42 PM   #15
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I'm so excited about this! Can't wait to start my project.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:38 PM   #16
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Sounds like you've got the right set up.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:12 PM   #17
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Great news Denny!
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:25 PM   #18
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Nice looking solar project Denny.
I'd been eying flexible solar for awhile...this might be the route I take also.

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Old 04-24-2014, 10:09 PM   #19
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Ebay has some flexible panels that are mounted on an aluminum sheet.

Great job. I am still learning, so appreciate your info.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:12 PM   #20
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That is a very nice setup, I am pretty close to what you have on hand except for the battery. Which trojan did you go with.

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Old 04-26-2014, 08:12 AM   #21
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That is a very nice setup, I am pretty close to what you have on hand except for the battery. Which trojan did you go with.



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Old 04-26-2014, 03:52 PM   #22
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You might spray some clear lacquer on the portable frame, especially if you store it behind the sofa. Bars aluminum rubs off on hands and upholstery. Don't ask how I know.

Very nice job. Congrats! John
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:20 PM   #23
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You might spray some clear lacquer on the portable frame, especially if you store it behind the sofa. Bars aluminum rubs off on hands and upholstery. Don't ask how I know.

Very nice job. Congrats! John

Good tip, thanks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:36 AM   #24
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Very nice and well executed. I like that you left air space under the panel as the panels work better and last longer if they can get air under them.

Can you give more information on the aluminum channel such as a part number from online metals? Maybe just me but their web site doesn't seem to be responding.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:05 PM   #25
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Can you give more information on the aluminum channel such as a part number from online metals? Maybe just me but their web site doesn't seem to be responding.
I believe it was 1 x 2 x 1/8 C channel.
http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...297&top_cat=60
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:11 AM   #26
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How did you do the 1/8 slot using a C channel for the panel to slide in?
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #27
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How did you do the 1/8 slot using a C channel for the panel to slide in?

My son-in-law welded in a piece of 1/8 x 3/4 flat stock to create a 3/16 wide slot.

You could also use VHB tape to bond on a length of 3/4 x 3/4 angle. In retrospect that would have been easier. The smallest roll of tape is much more than you need to stick the frame to the roof of the trailer.

The frame has to be bent to match the curve of the roof before it is stuck down. If you used VHB tape and angle to create the slot you would want to bend the C channel and angle separately then tape them together, then bond the assembly to the roof.

This whole thing could have been made from wood too. Trim the bottom of the side rails to match the curve of the roof, leaving the top edges straight, then rip the slot on a table saw. A couple of coats of epoxy followed by a couple of coats of paint would protect the wood just fine. Wood would be a lot cheaper than the aluminum too.


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Old 08-24-2014, 05:57 PM   #28
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The roof mounts don't work so well up here in the north east. Our parks are all trees. I keep my panel loose on long 30' cables so I can move them around and chase the sun.

Just wanted to remind folks that the roof install is better in the southwest than the northeast.

Beautiful setup you have. Feels good, doesn't it?

I love my solar. Peace of mind.

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