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Old 05-30-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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My ParkLiner has got Solar!

The conversation started here http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ion-64138.html

Well today its installed and suckin juice from the sun. I know it won't run my Air Conditioner, but will keep my batteries topped off. I do want to try before my next trip to plug the trailer in and turn the fridge on let it cool down full for a day then try driving there with it running on 12 volt and see how the batteries hold up.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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And I did the install all by myself, so it doable as a 1 person job!
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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Looks great. Come do mine!

A couple of questions.
  • Why did you go through shower?
  • How did you fasten everything down?
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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I went through the shower because if it ever leaked where the wires pass through it will drip into the shower pan lol. Its bolted in place, and I beveled the edges of the holes and used butyl tape to water proof it.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:04 PM   #5
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I went through the shower because if it ever leaked where the wires pass through it will drip into the shower pan lol.
That's what I was guessing.

I really need to mount mine, but haven't got the guts. One day, I will wake up and decide that today is a good day for installing the panel. My brain seems to tell me when I have enough knowledge to tackle something I have never done before. But I will be asking a lot of questions!
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:14 PM   #6
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How about some specifics Deryk? Like part #s, descriptions (i.e., watts) and where you got the stuff. What size fasteners? I assume they're all stainless steel? What's the gauge, and where did you get that? Why did you show your battery cover off?

You might want to rig up a cleaner thing on a pole. Horizontally mounted solar panels lose effectiveness pretty quickly in the great outdoors, and I would imagine it would be a pain to carry around a ladder when you're on the road!

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Old 05-30-2014, 02:47 PM   #7
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That's what I was guessing.

I really need to mount mine, but haven't got the guts. One day, I will wake up and decide that today is a good day for installing the panel. My brain seems to tell me when I have enough knowledge to tackle something I have never done before. But I will be asking a lot of questions!
Solar panel install is one of the easiest and best mods you can make to the trailer. Less than half a day to install.
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Old 05-30-2014, 02:52 PM   #8
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Hey Frank,

If you check the link in my first post it takes you to my initial questions and I have the link for where and which panel package I got....I'm at work and on my phone so I can't easily cut and paste. The bolts, washers and locknuts are 1/4" from HD. I grabbed an extra set of the z clips for the edge facing the tongue because I was concerned about wind trying to lift it...better to be safe then sorry. I had the battery cover off because I wired it directly to the battery. I drilled a hole in the closet floor to run the wires out to the battery box. Its all 10 gauge stranded copper wire that came with the kit. Out of the two 20 foot lengths I used about 16 feet of each . Only maybe a 6 foot run from the controller to the batteries.

It wasn't a hard job installing it....yes I get nervous drilling holes through my roof lol but done it before on the boat and I am a big fan of butyl tape! I had just enough left over from installing my MaxxAir hatch to do his job.

Oh and I actually do carry a small ladder with me for putting the awning pole up on the roof lol....had to since I couldn't stand on the trunk that I used to have on the back of my Parkliner. I probably could stand on the tailgate of my pickup but the ladder is easier. It also serves double duty to hold the blue water jug when I'm refilling my water tank.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:01 PM   #9
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How did you get inside the headliner?
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:17 PM   #10
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I drilled right through it. Inside the cabin I'm going to either glue in a small circlet of the carpet that's in the drivers side settee or stick something decorative over the head of the bolt to camouflage it. In the bathroom I'm just going to paint the heads white. I had no easy way to hide them.

A reason I ordered that particular panel was it wasn't as long as most 100 watt solar panels...it's shorter and a bit wider. We only have about 46" from the escape hatch to the front of the Parkliner. I also didn't want it too close to the front so it wasn't as obvious I have a panel on the roof. So take careful measurements before you order one or you might not be able to roof mount it.
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Deryk, I'm proud of you! Great job, let us know how it works for you while camping.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:49 PM   #12
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Very cool Deryk!
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Old 05-31-2014, 02:58 AM   #13
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Looks great!

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Old 05-31-2014, 05:24 AM   #14
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Deryk nice job hope to see you and your parkliner this aug in NY. Good idea putting wiring through bath area no problem with leaks. Where did you buy your kit ? It looks like it will fit our Snoozy
I'm wondering if 3 m 5200 would work to hold down clamps for solar panel your thought s coming from a marine background then use the blue sea cable clam to bring wires into snoozy?
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Here is the link for the panel I bought... 12 Volt 100 Watt Solar Panel Kit Solarblvd

I looked at several but the dimensions of this one fit my rooftop the best. I didn't want it to close to the front edge of my ParkLiner so it isn't as noticeable up there.

I thought about using the 3m super strength tape to hold it down and decided to bolt it inplace and use butyl tape to seal it. I found out about butyl tape years back that higher end boat manuf were using it to put in deck hardware and has a longer lifespan then most caulks.... well time will tell lol.
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Awesome work..... May be on my agenda for next year!
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:04 PM   #17
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Good for you Deryk, and you can sew too. Very impressed!!!!!
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You will love it.

I could not tel if the battery connect is were to the saw battery with jumpers the other battery or split.

With dual batteries the positive wire goes to one and the negative to the other. The batteries last longer that way
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I like to consider myself a renaissance man.... can do a little bit of everything lol

and yes I have the positive wire going from the charge controller to one battery and the negative to the other battery.
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Cable Clam. I had not seen a cable gland that would do two cables at once. I've used the duplex round wire--two conductors in one round sheath to pull two wires through one hole--that wire is very pricey though. It was cheaper to use two cable glands than duplex round wire. I am in the planning stages of adding some external antennas for my MiFi, WiFi, two Ham Radio antennas, and possibly a TV antenna. I'll be needing more cable glands. I also did a temp install of a solar panel on my boat. I will use your style cable glands for that.

Buytl Tape: I used buytl tape on my solar install. I am debating going back and trimming the excess butyl tape with a plastic knife, and then putting a fillet of dicor around the edges. All my old seams show cracking which I've filled with Dicor, and it appears to be old buytl tape. Are you planning to put any Dicor on the edges of the mount?

Sealing: I also want to go around and re-bed all my windows too. I've seem some signs of cracking on the seals, but no signs of leaks fortunately. Summer is the time for me to start doing windows over one by one.

In any event, you will love your solar. I don't recognize the meter. What does it do. I just discovered the Victron make a more affordable battery monitor, and I believe it stores history also and that can be displayed on a laptop. I am researching that, as I'd love to have documentation showing the charging characteristic of my solar install. A charge monitor may be a waste of money, because I've found I can more or less ignore my power use. Still it is reassuring to know how much is in the bank.

Victron Battery Monitor I just read about. Note 10.000 Amps in the specification is 10,0000 Amps. This device can monitor anything.

http://tinyurl.com/mn4d848
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