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Old 06-11-2013, 01:39 AM   #99
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All of the brackets are slotted. The mounting bolts have a lock nut on the outside of the panel frame so the exterior nuts can all be easily unbolted if the panel need to be changed.
By attaching the brackes to the panel first and marking their positions on the roof it's much easier to attach the brackets to the roof with out the panel.
The roof fitting is a marine deck flange for coaxial cable. It is normally screwed or bolted. I prefer rivets because the short ones hold well and do not show through the ensolite.
Most boat stores or marine supply stores have them.
My wind diverter is an old trailer window drip guard.
The HF panels were OK they were just inconvenient.
It's about a half day job to install the system I have.
I don't like to bother setting anything up when I go camping.

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Old 06-11-2013, 02:21 AM   #100
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RogerDat, I used a 100 Watt Solar panel on our 13' Scamp, as we use a 12 Volt only NovaKool refrigerator, and I didn't know how small a panel we could get by with... works fine for us. I used the gravel cover hardware over the front window to secure the hinged panel, and adjust the angle by raising or lowering a pick-up bed adjustable load security bar. Controller is mounted under the panel, and wires go directly to the group 27 tongue mounted battery. No drilling of fiberglass required. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:11 AM   #101
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VHB Tape

Does anyone know where to get VHB tape in Canada? I am looking for 10 meters of 1". I found what I was looking for at McMaster Carr, but they won't ship it to me in Canada. Something about international export regulations.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:18 AM   #102
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Does anyone know where to get VHB tape in Canada? I am looking for 10 meters of 1". I found what I was looking for at McMaster Carr, but they won't ship it to me in Canada. Something about international export regulations.

I bought mine on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40


Here is a link to 3M.

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Thanks Tom. I found what I was looking for on Ebay.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #104
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David, where did you get those hinges?
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:02 PM   #105
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David do I understand that you leave the solar panel on when traveling?

And mounted using this hardware?
http://shop.scamptrailers.com/p-346-gravel-shield-hardware.aspx
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #106
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The reason I asked is it looks like you just loosen two screws and the panel will come off. Mine are permanently mounted - I'm having a time finding some kind of securing hardware for traveling. Here's mine-
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Hinges are from the local hardware (they are actually half of a hasp), and are only secured by two self-tapping screws into the rivets, on each side. and a rubber pad to keep it from rocking on the window rubber. Not theft proof, but then again, what is? I tried originally to mount it like Mike did on his Trillium, but the roundness of the Scamp prevented this. I do leave it on all the time, held down by bungie cords through eye bolts on the bottom of the solar panel's frame. My Lifted Jeep and my Dodge truck with cap protects it from bugs and rocks.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:47 PM   #108
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I've always had my 80W panel tethered on the ground where I can move it around but the dogs do tangle with it more than occasionally. The rock guard pivot kicked my butt into gear and today after I mowed, I fabbed a couple brackets for my rock guard and bungeed the panel in place. Should be great for high summer and sites with no shade. Spring and fall I have to follow the sun on partially shaded sites.

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And a second escape panel blows off the roof
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My solar panel came with 4 clips for mounting it to the roof. 2 on each of the long sides. I looked at it and thought about wind hitting the nose of my ParkLiner and traveling up and over the roof, and was afraid it might grab at the solar panel and try lifting it. So I added 2 more clips to hold the front edge down. All securely bolted down with locknuts and sealed with butyl tape for waterproofness. I do periodically pull out the ladder and check it to make sure nothing has loosened up because getting ripped off the roof at 60mph could be a problem for the vehicles behind me.
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Has anyone used the type of mount shown in the following link? If I used them would like to tape them to the roof.

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Has anyone used the type of mount shown in the following link? If I used them would like to tape them to the roof.

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Are those corner brackets bolted or taped and how is the panel attached to the brackets?? I wonder?
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