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Old 02-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #155
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Wiring thoughts

We never leave our tow vehicle connected to the trailer when parked, even if we're not physically disconnecting from the ball. We do not want to charge or discharge the tow vehicle's battery from the trailer unintentionally.

We do have a dash board switch in the tow vehice that allows us to disconnect the tow vehicle's battery from the trailer. For us connecting the tow vehicle's battery to the trailer's battery is an intentional act.

The wires from the Converter to the battery are pretty substantial because they have to handle high currents, really much higher currents that the panels produce..

In retrospect it would have been better to wire the solar panel to the input of our Inverter. The wiring from the battery to our 1200 watt Inverter has to be capable of 100 amps.

In general the voltage drop caused by solar panel current is relatively small because the currents are relatively low. As well the distance from the solar controller to the Convertor are short. The distance from the Converter and Inverter to the battery even shorter.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #156
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Kenny....you might consider these adjustable feet from AM Solar. They are made for curved RV roofs. They also have the tape needed to hold down panels, etc.

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I went to the site, and bought the feet, and the angel support brackets.

thanks ,,,, later, Kenny
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #157
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I went to the site, and bought the feet, and the angel support brackets.

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Glad I could help Kenny. I'll be using them as well when I do my Solar install. You may have to adapt those mounts to your Solar Panel. They clip nicely onto the panels AM supplies. Here's some install info.

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http://www.amsolar.com/shop/images/I...ies_Panels.pdf
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:41 PM   #158
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Glad I could help Kenny. I'll be using them as well when I do my Solar install. You may have to adapt those mounts to your Solar Panel. They clip nicely onto the panels AM supplies. Here's some install info.

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http://www.amsolar.com/shop/images/I...ies_Panels.pdf
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The 35 mm ( 25.4 mm to an inch) mount set, ( made for their OM series Panels) came from Am Solar, and they fit the 1 and 1/2 inch aluminum frame that my panel has, perfectly. The mounting feet have the 3m VHB adhesive pre installed. The method they have developed, to change the angle will be so simple to use. Thanks again. I bought a wire coupler, from an Amazon source; now I can have a wire separation on top of the EGG and be able to disconnect the panel if need be, without pulling the wire out of the trailer roof access port,( that Norm found, from a boating source ). I am going to buy one like Norm's.

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:46 PM   #159
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I also bought a 12 volt electric twin blanket thru Amazon. read the reviews some are not considered so good.

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Old 02-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #160
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SNOW LOAD question.
I store my '70 Campster outside all year long.
I am planning to install a 50W Ramsond panel on my roof...BUT I can't find any information of the dangers of SNOW LOAD. Snow gets darn heavy when soaked with rain water...

Got info ?

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:02 PM   #161
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solar panel and snow load

I'm not sure how to help you. First, I think you have made a good choice with the Ramsond panel. They make a good product. As far as the snow load I don't think the panel will accumulate any more snow than your roof would. you may want to put some angle on the panel where you can maximize solar benefit and minimize snow build up.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:07 AM   #162
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Taped Panels and snow load

The taped down panels should be able to withstand any broad or even loads like snow. The maximum deflection is probably less than a 1/16th of an inch before the panel would be against the roof. Since it's flexible snow should not be an issue.

The bigger concern is point loads. Recently we parked under a Live Oak and were pinged by acorns with no damage.

Loading should also put little stress on the mounting tape considering the nature of the tape.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:16 AM   #163
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Have you been reading the forum, about the fellow fixing his egg, where the top caved in because of snow load. the pictures are great. he is doing a great job fixing it. I use a big broom to push the snow off my egg.

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Old 02-04-2012, 02:04 PM   #164
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Thru Hull Fitting

I received a PM on this topic and decided to republish the info on the fitting for the Solar Panel's wiring.

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I painted it white before installation and filled it with Lexel before installation to keep water out.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #166
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In the upper right hand corner there are a bunch of flags. Click on the english flag for a translation or click on the following.

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #167
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SNOW LOAD question.
I store my '70 Campster outside all year long.
I am planning to install a 50W Ramsond panel on my roof...BUT I can't find any information of the dangers of SNOW LOAD. Snow gets darn heavy when soaked with rain water...

Got info ?

Doc the boonDOCer @ campfrugal.
Maximum load from Ramsond is 200kg/m2 which is 0.02kg/cm2 which is 0.28PSI which is about 2' of 33% wet snow. I hope my math is correct.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:05 PM   #168
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80W panel sale for $99

I just got notification for 80W solar panels sale for $99.

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http://www.solarcynergy.com/images/P...V-SC100J12.pdf

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