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Old 09-05-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Solar Panel Installation - no drilling holes

The mounts can be safely bonded to the surface removing the need to drill holes. The mounts also act as a wind deflector and maintain the correct air gap between the solar panel and the roof top / deck.

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Old 09-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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Interesting...guessing still going to need that super strength dbl sided tape though. How much do these cost?
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Good question. I hadn't noticed the chinese company to the side.
I'll have to search and see what I can find out.
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I found a kit that uses these.......

60W 12V dual battery solar charging kit motorhome, caravan, camper, boat, marine | eBay

Course it's in the UK
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Ali express has the corners units for 3.34 each

Caravan Solar Kits-Buy Cheap Caravan Solar Kits lots from China Caravan Solar Kits suppliers on Aliexpress.com

Here's another style called sticky feet.
https://rvsolarstore.com/index.php?r...product_id=112
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I found this on eBay: Instapark ZJ35B Drill Free Solar Panel Roof Mount Rack Rail Bracket Support Kit | eBay

Way overpriced IMHO. I'll make my own sticky feet with some aluminum or stainless steel for a couple of dollars.

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I found this on eBay: Instapark ZJ35B Drill Free Solar Panel Roof Mount Rack Rail Bracket Support Kit | eBay

Way overpriced IMHO. I'll make my own sticky feet with some aluminum or stainless steel for a couple of dollars.

WHEW...........that is high...........
I'm thinking I can make my own plastic mounts.
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As far as I'm concerned mounting solar panels on the roof is not the best idea. Generally we try to park the trailer in the shade. Therefore a moveable solar panel works best. I can move my panel around and get the full solar effect of the sun.
I can also use it to charge my radio battery or my car battery.
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I really like the idea of using a solar cell as rock guard over the front, and maybe even the back window. Have the solar cells them selves face toward the trailer and make the back of the assembly weather proof. If they are mounted on a pivoting support that alows the cells to be flipped 180°, then they can still be used as an awning, and a solar cell. If they are removable, then, like Byron said, you can park the trailer in the shade, and the solar cells in the sun.
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Byron is certainly correct.

A tended panel adjustable to best sun is the most efficient in a shaded situation and if tended to in a non-shaded situation.

We roof mounted ours in a fixed location because we simply don't like dealing with stored items as we travel. As well we're not around during the day to maximize solar panel direction and angle.

Another secondary reason is the panels are definitely secure on the roof, can be lighter than stored solar panels because they don't need to be protected or nearly so structural. For example our two 40W panels weigh a about 4 lbs and are less than a 1/4 inch thick. It's also another thing that doesn't need to be deployed when you camp.

Like most everything there are pluses and minuses to all solutions. Individuals can make choices that most meet their needs.

The roof mounted solar panels operate while you driving because they're not locked away in the back of the truck.

Both solutions roof and non-roof have their advantages. In part their respective values are defined by where you camp, how long you camp and ....
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I really like the idea of using a solar cell as rock guard over the front, and maybe even the back window. Have the solar cells them selves face toward the trailer and make the back of the assembly weather proof. If they are mounted on a pivoting support that alows the cells to be flipped 180°, then they can still be used as an awning, and a solar cell. If they are removable, then, like Byron said, you can park the trailer in the shade, and the solar cells in the sun.
I like this idea, too. Someone needs to come up with a clever mounting design using standard (read cheap ) hardware.
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Byron is certainly correct.

A tended panel adjustable to best sun is the most efficient in a shaded situation and if tended to in a non-shaded situation.

We roof mounted ours in a fixed location because we simply don't like dealing with stored items as we travel. As well we're not around during the day to maximize solar panel direction and angle.
I only need to drag mine out every 3 or 4 days unless it's really cold out and furnace runs a lot. So a fixed mount isn't necessary.

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Another secondary reason is the panels are definitely secure on the roof, can be lighter than stored solar panels because they don't need to be protected or nearly so structural. For example our two 40W panels weigh a about 4 lbs and are less than a 1/4 inch thick. It's also another thing that doesn't need to be deployed when you camp.
Yes panel(s) do need some kind of protection while traveling. In my case I have a truck with a canopy and carpeted bed. A couple 2 x 4s and a piece of plywood with carpeting on the top make a nice little pocket for the my panel to ride in. The tail gate keeps in place from the rear. I just open trail gate and pull the panel out. When done I simply slide it back in. A whole lot less trouble some of the other things people deal with all the time.

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Like most everything there are pluses and minuses to all solutions. Individuals can make choices that most meet their needs.
The roof mounted solar panels operate while you driving because they're not locked away in the back of the truck.

Both solutions roof and non-roof have their advantages. In part their respective values are defined by where you camp, how long you camp and ....
I really don't understand why you would want the panels to operate while driving unless you don't have a charge line and/or a sufficient alternator to do the job.

Different situations, tow vehicle, panel size, etc. require different solutions. One of the great things about FiberglassRV is can get a lot of information about different solutions to get ideas on how to adapt or design what works best for you.
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I like the roof mount.
That way your panel does not grow legs and walk away while your away from camp!
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Way overpriced IMHO. I'll make my own sticky feet with some aluminum or stainless steel for a couple of dollars.
Plus your time. If you have lots to spare it is not a big deal, but for some of us busy with work, and wanting some free time to camp, it does matter. I kinda look at stuff like that in terms of time, and how much I could make working, at then the value is really good. I would bet it would take me at least three hours to source and make something that would work the same, and I could buy a couple by working for that same amount of time.

But, I do recognize that many of these things are done for the sheer joy of doing it, and I do enjoy projects like you speak of. Oh, how I yearn for retirement.......
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