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Old 02-02-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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Rooftop solar on Bigfoot travel trailer

Hey all! About to become a proud owner of a 21rb. Been looking for one for a long time and finally a good deal came up.

I want to install rooftop solar but don't particularly want to make anymore holes in the roof. With my current Casita I was able to repurposed the hole for the TV antenna and run cables inside the cabinets.

Anybody here installed solar on their bigfoots? I would think it's probably the same process with truly campers.
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I used this method for our Bigfoot 17G, in my case I was able to get the cables down the fan of the bathroom, and then redirect them to the controller that is under the left front seat, through the cabinets.
I do not know for the 21RB, for the cables, but to fix the solar panels in our 17G, I used the method shown in the video, with VHB Tape.
They have been in place for 3 years, we have done a lot of things and everything has stayed in place.
On this site I read other testimonials similar to mine, and in place for 5 years without problem.
Follow the instructions of the videos:

( https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSolar4RVs )
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Going through the fan might be a good idea. I just noticed that northern lite truck( same fibergalss mold as Bigfoot) campers from the factory go through the fridge vent. I saw it right on their dealership flyer. So maybe that's a good option.

As far as mounting the panels I have done it with vhb tape and flexible panels and I tell you it was a bit of a mistake not because they didn't hold but because when panels cooked without any ventilation I had to remove them. Removing panels was an absolute nightmare. This vhb tape might as well be permanent as it was absolutely imposible to remove the panels.

So next time I am actually going to go with glass panels and mount them on renogy plastic stick on mounts. They mount to the roof with vhb tabe and solar panels bolt to them.
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I understand you very well if you used the VHB adhesive for a flexible solar panel and if you fixed all along the panel.
But looking at the next video to remove the solar panel mounts, it's not a cinecure ...
One member of the group told me that they had removed the brackets after 5 years of use and that it was as the video shows, without leaving any marks on the roof.
The choice is in your hands.

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I am pretty sure 3m even makes a solution specificly made to remvoe vhb tabe.
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Yes, a lot of method to pull out 3M tape.
We have to choose the best method :

( https://www.google.com/search?q=vhb+...hrome&ie=UTF-8 )
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As far as mounting the panels I have done it with vhb tape and flexible panels and I tell you it was a bit of a mistake not because they didn't hold but because when panels cooked without any ventilation I had to remove them.
I have been thinking about this very scenario since I wanted to use flexible panels on the roof of my boler. I was thinking I would be OK if I permanently mounted the flexible panel to a piece of corrugated plastic and then used VHB tape to mount the assembly onto the roof.
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I have been thinking about this very scenario since I wanted to use flexible panels on the roof of my boler. I was thinking I would be OK if I permanently mounted the flexible panel to a piece of corrugated plastic and then used VHB tape to mount the assembly onto the roof.
That could work. I did want to do that myself. And probably should have done that. There is a company out of UK that makes a special mount specifically for flex panels. I contacted that guy that makes them and he said he can mail them to US. I'll see if I can find the link to the website.
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I have been thinking about this very scenario since I wanted to use flexible panels on the roof of my boler. I was thinking I would be OK if I permanently mounted the flexible panel to a piece of corrugated plastic and then used VHB tape to mount the assembly onto the roof.
That could work. I did want to do that myself. And probably should have done that. There is a company out of UK that makes a special mount specifically for flex panels. I contacted that guy that makes them and he said he can mail it to US. I'll see if I can find his website.
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Semi Flexible Solar Panel Mounting Kit

There it is. He said 27 pounds plus 10 pounds for shipping per kit.
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Shoot I can't post a link. Why?

Search "friendly Green giant solar mounts" on Google.
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[QUOTE = Rushin; 731869] Shoot Je ne peux pas publier de lien. Pourquoi?

Recherchez "sympathiques montures solaires géantes vertes" sur Google. [/ QUOTE]

The link appears correctly for me ...
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I see a proper link also but do not see what Gilles sees.
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[QUOTE = Rushin; 731869] Shoot Je ne peux pas publier de lien. Pourquoi?

Recherchez "sympathiques montures solaires géantes vertes" sur Google. [/ QUOTE]

The link appears correctly for me ...

Haha, I speak French now?
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