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Old 02-05-2019, 04:09 AM   #15
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Also thinking of mounting my panels on roof, on my Casita, and watched the video's and can do it, But a few questions.
I had a panel once that went on my Boler with suction cups, never traveling with them on roof, but my problem was, the panel was so close to the fiberglass that it discolored it.
Now I am going to mount one on Casita with brackets, will this also discolor if kept off roof an inch or so?
How do you keep this panel clean? Do you carry a ladder around with you?
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:57 AM   #16
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I see a proper link also but do not see what Gilles sees.
A capture of what I see with the link :
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:02 AM   #17
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Haha, I speak French now?
Excuse me, I forgot to disable the translator before giving my answer ...
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:42 AM   #18
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Excuse me, I forgot to disable the translator before giving my answer ...
That was what I was referring to. I thought maybe you had been infected by the dreaded Marceau virus!
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:32 PM   #19
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I have a 2018 21RB and it was pre-wired for solar by having wires coiled up at the top of the fridge vent on top. It did a squirrel path and the other end was coiled up underneath. I mounted 2 100W flexible panels on each side of the skylight using VHB tape. After 1 season, no problems. A friend has an Airstream and his panels are taped on too.

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Old 02-06-2019, 11:30 PM   #20
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I have a 2018 21RB and it was pre-wired for solar by having wires coiled up at the top of the fridge vent on top. It did a squirrel path and the other end was coiled up underneath. I mounted 2 100W flexible panels on each side of the skylight using VHB tape. After 1 season, no problems. A friend has an Airstream and his panels are taped on too.

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Ben, that's great! Can you tell what path the cables make when they enter the vent? Also does your 21rb has the battery inside or outside the camper?
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:26 AM   #21
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The cables go down the front outside of the stack. I brought them into the trailer by the charge controller where I also installed the solar controller. My batteries are outside, under the front shroud.

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The cables go down the front outside of the stack. I brought them into the trailer by the charge controller where I also installed the solar controller. My batteries are outside, under the front shroud.

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So the cables go inside the camper into the charge controller inside? Where did you place the charge controller and where do wires from the controller go into the battery?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:55 PM   #23
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My trailer came "prewired for solar". That ment the wire was coiled up at the top of the fridge vent, down the vent and into the the cabinet next to the door. The cable was cut with a coil and then continued out the cabinet back into the fridge area and out the bottom of the trailer and forward where it was coiled up. I reconnected the wires in the cabinet and ran the coiled end into the trailer by the charge controller, where I also installed the solar charger.

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Old 02-09-2019, 12:46 PM   #24
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We have the same trailer. We ran the cable dowb thru the fridge vent and fished them thru to under the boot rack. We have the controler mounted on the aisle side of the boot rack.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:19 PM   #25
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Does it reduce the value of RV if you drill holes to install solar/satellite and if sealed properly? Understanding, ideally less holes less potential leaks. Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:52 PM   #26
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Go to Bigfoot Owners Club International |
Free registration for new owners. Search the forum and forum archives for your trailer and or rooftop solar installations. Lots of information, I believe the best access is down the refrigerator vent. Annual registration fee is $25.00 if you decide to stay with the club.
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