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Old 01-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #57
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I read the thread and was not convinced.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:09 PM   #58
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If they were just using the VHB tape on brackets that mount the solar cell panel so that there is a gap below the panel, then I could see the small surface area of the bracket being overwhelmed by a higher air pressure below the panel, while driving at highway speed, pulling the panel off. But if installed as Norm, (honda03842) did, I have a hard time seeing the solar cell pulling off with so little of the panel being exposed to the wind.
If someone could link to Norm's pictures, would be grateful. I just can't find them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #59
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If no one links the pictures I'll do it in the morning when on the computer. Our panels look identical to the day they were put down.

Wind and weather have had no negative effects including a number of sand storms, snow, ice amd one small hail storm. It's seen 20 to 92 F.

There was some concern about heating of rhe roof. We've seem mothing unusual
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #60
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In the thread the poster admits to the driving speed combined with gusting wind conditions being up to 120 mph (193 km/h). That's a class three hurricane. If the VHB didn't give way I wouldn't be surprised if the "solar sail" took little pieces of fiberglass with it.
I've also read a few other places that 3M VHB tape dries out and fails over time. I don't buy it either. There's a variety of VHB tapes and none are probably the same as any that may be failing after a decade(s) of use now.

Here's where Norm's pics start. New solar install.... I have it book marked for my wish list. Thx Norm, however by the time I get the far down the list and have the cash the technology will probably have changed and I'll be using solar paint.

EDIT: Solar paint, sooner than I expected. http://www.scientificamerican.com/po...elect-11-12-30
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When I compare the credibility of this document:
http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...709-3862-9.PDF

To this document:
Solar panels and 3M VHB tape - Escape Trailer Owners Community

I conclude that my money is on 3M, though I'm confident that someone could screw up an installation with VHB tape.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #62
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I'm sure I read about "Sticky Feet" in a discussion on mounting solar panels. Just can't remember where. Finally found one website. Anyone used these?
https://rvsolarstore.com/index.php?r...product_id=112
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:51 AM   #63
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Solar Panels on a Truck Topper

Has anyone put their solar panels on top of a Leer truck topper?? Not sure we want to put on our Casita...thought we'd get better benefits having it on our vehicle and not really wanting to use the suitcase style, so to free up more storage in the truck bed.
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After reading about the durability testing 3M conducted, gel coat separation seems more likely that tape failure. Raz
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In my case I'm not too concerned about gel coat failure since our tape area is large, about 144 square inches of tape.
As well the solar panel's really low profile does not expose it to large wind forces.

Certainly every thing has a life but I expect the tape life is substantial, partially because it doesn't see ultra violet.

We use our panels to run the trailer. Principal use of 12 volts is the 24 hour fridge fans and 24 hour hotspot. At noon the batterys at 13.1 volts with the panel disconnected and 14.1 with it connected.
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Taping the panel is much more secure in my opinion than taping brackets. No lift and no torque applied to the bond. The other question is one of permanence. How many threads do we see where a new owner is trying to undo the work of a previous owner? Once the panel is on, can you ever remove it without damage to the roof? Raz
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Taping the panel is much more secure in my opinion than taping brackets. No lift and no torque applied to the bond. The other question is one of permanence. How many threads do we see where a new owner is trying to undo the work of a previous owner? Once the panel is on, can you ever remove it without damage to the roof? Raz
Here is one suggestion:

http://solutions.3m.com/3MContentRet...bute=ImageFile

Tool:
http://www.amazon.com/3M-08978-Moldi.../dp/B000K2S6FO
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Looks like our friends up North where it get's to 40 below would be able to remove the tape easier than farther south, according to these links.
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If you can get to the foam to cut it that's certainly the way to do it. I believe folks have used the eraser successfully removing decals on fiberglass.
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If you can get to the foam to cut it that's certainly the way to do it. I believe folks have used the eraser successfully removing decals on fiberglass.
It seems like you could also use the ole wire or mono filament trick.
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