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Old 06-02-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
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We have purchased the standard 3 panels 15 watts each. What we need are ideas for an easily portable (foldable) stand. What suggestions do you have?
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Old 06-02-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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I was initially concerned about a stand for my panels. I figured that I wanted to begin using my panels right away, so I used the stand that came with the Harbor Freight panels I bought. I have since grown accustomed to it, and do not plan to change anytime soon. I was cautioned about vulnerability of an adjustable angle stand to wind effects. Mine sets the panels at a 30* angle, and is surprisingly stable, even in strong wind.


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I can pick up and re-orient the panels and stand to the sun as a unit, if I face the panels and grab hold of both sides (panels and triangle frames).
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I really like what Fred has done.

Just to give you additional ideas, here are some additional solutions others have done.

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Old 06-02-2007, 11:46 AM   #4
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We have purchased the standard 3 panels 15 watts each. What we need are ideas for an easily portable (foldable) stand. What suggestions do you have?
Hi Barbara,

I just put my solar panels on the roof of my trails west campster. I used mounting brackets I purchased from AM solar. I learned from their web site that on smooth unpainted fiberglass you can mount the brackets with tape that is "stronger than a weld". We shall see...... but I do live in the Sierras and drove it a couple of hours this week down some very bumpy roads, and so far so good.

If I figure out how, maybe I can post a picture. Those panels were heavy and I didn't want to lug them in and out of the trailer. I am really glad they are on the roof!


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I just put my solar panels on the roof of my trails west campster. I used mounting brackets I purchased from AM solar. I learned from their web site that on smooth unpainted fiberglass you can mount the brackets with tape that is "stronger than a weld".
Here is their website: AM Solar
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I bought one 50w Siemens panel that measures about 48"x13" that I'll be mounting flat on my roof. I'm hoping that'll meet out 12v requirements . . . but when I install my solar system I'll keep in mind that I may want to add an external connector for a second, relocatable panel later on if the fixed 50w doesn't cut it.
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Thanks to everyone for the ideas. We have decided to go with a version of Frederick's stand. As a matter of fact it is about 3/4 finished. We are using some on hand materials so it is not identical but will certainly do the job. Thanks
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[quote]Hi Barbara,

I just put my solar panels on the roof of my trails west campster. I used mounting brackets I purchased from AM solar. I learned from their web site that on smooth unpainted fiberglass you can mount the brackets with tape that is "stronger than a weld". We shall see...... but I do live in the Sierras and drove it a couple of hours this week down some very bumpy roads, and so far so good.

If I figure out how, maybe I can post a picture. Those panels were heavy and I didn't want to lug them in and out of the trailer. I am really glad they are on the roof!


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After looking at AM solar's web site, I can see why they didn't go anyplace. The "tape" is 3M VHB (Very High Bonding). Boeing puts airplanes together using that stuff. Warning the only way to detatch anything mounted with VHB is cut it off. That sounds worse than it actually is, dental floss will work, or piano wire to cut throught the VHB material.

Thanks for posting this, I hand forgotten about VHB.
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