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What way did you attach your solar panels to your roof? Did you use screws or the 3M double sided tape? If you used the tape, how has it held up? I hate the idea of drilling holes in my roof.
Screws are the only way I know to handle the forces on a solar panel mounted on the roof. Sealing the hole depends on the roof type but most vendors provide a material to put under each mount (to prevent edge cutting) and a roof sealant appropriate for the roof type. At least 8 and sometimes 12 screws per panel depending on weight of panel and mounting bracket size.
I'm with you I don't like it but I can't thing of a better alternative.
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Good to hear from you, too! Thanks for the info, I'll have to look at the tiltable version, did't realize you can double the input. Wow. That could cut down on buying extra panels.
Hope you can break loose from OH soon and hit the road.
Best Regards to you both!
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Jack Mayer wrote: You just have to watch the wind load. I have seen panels ripped off by wind from behind. So Jack, were these panels screwed on or taped on? I have a FG roof (Winnie) and like the idea of tape vice screws.And 30-50% increase by tilting is certainly worth looking into.Best Regards!
Jack Mayer wrote:
So Jack, were these panels screwed on or taped on? I have a FG roof (Winnie) and like the idea of tape vice screws.
And 30-50% increase by tilting is certainly worth looking into.
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Jack Mayer wrote:Many manufacturers offer solar prep. The issue is that they usually do not provide a very good solution, technically.It HAS gotten a "little" better over time, but most solar prep packages still need "rework".
Many manufacturers offer solar prep. The issue is that they usually do not provide a very good solution, technically.It HAS gotten a "little" better over time, but most solar prep packages still need "rework".
After seeing some recent electrical “prep” packages on some new, high-end units, I can say that they need "rework” is sort of like saying the Grand Canyon is a little ditch.
BTW, we're at your old stopmping grounds at Arches and the new solar is working quite well for us. Glad we did it. It's been so nice.
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Cindy .....Installing solar panels on a rig will depend on size , power consumption,battery banks and a few other variables..........estimate on a good to excellent system and this will very on inverter size..............1800 to 5000.oo
first find out what you are going to install it in.....then are you going to be fulltime boondocking or just here and there durring travel times......all this will come into play. Remember solar systems are exspensive and take a long time to recoup your investment.
hope this helps...Ive included a random site to help you get the basic idea
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Thanks mike. the info is a big help. I am planning a budget and this info helped a lot.
A good place for research will also be on Jack Mayer's website. Jack is one of the participants here on the forums. Here is a link to Jack's website:
Jack Mayer Website
A number of others have spoken pretty will of AM Solar. I'll let you do the looking there and just provide a link to their website.
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Here is a link to where you can purchase the VHB tape. The company I work for uses this and believe me, once stuck, you are not removing it as long as you cleaned the surfaces correctly (isopropol alcohol).
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