Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

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Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Geecee » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:39 am

Not sure what happened to my last post. In it I asked for advice on installing a solar panel on the roof of my pop top. I have no idea where to start. Should I buy one on ebay and just follow instructions or has some clever forumite done this before and be able to give me directions?
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Re: Solar Panels

Postby densue » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:03 am

GeeGee
This is how I mounted my panels on my pop top I bought 2x140wt panels off e-bay and instead of having a solar regulator I used a c-tec d250s dual charger as the MPPT regulator and positioned it next to the battery's and am utilising the alternator function with a lead from the tug to assist the solar when traveling.
I run the 6mmBS wire down under the cover strip and up into the boot instead of drilling holes in van this way if you change vans you don't have to go the expense of buying a solar setup again you can remove it with little showing it was there
Hope this assist's you this set up has worked well for me and I now leave the genny at home just remember to leave enough slack in cable to allow for roof raised
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Geecee » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:42 am

Thanks Densue for your reply. Tell me how you attached the panels to your roof. Did you use some type of glue and channel. Photos are good but don't tell me how you attached them.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Lance » Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:11 am

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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby mick659s » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:51 pm

Gooday geecee. There are at least 20 you tubes videos on mounting slor panels to caravans & motorhomes ,i havnt checked them all out but a couple of them seem OK Regards Mick
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby densue » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:09 am

Geecee
I have made up an alum frame to sit the panels in for the sole reason if I sell the van I can remove and save having to buy them again
They are bolted to the outside frame through the end blocks I have had no problem with vibrations and are just clear of thne roof in the middle material used was 50x50 x2mm alum
Im up the coast at present and will try to get a betterphoto and pm them to you
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Geecee » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:50 am

Thanks everyone.

I wonder if I buy a folding kit on ebay can I remove the stand and install it on the roof of my pop top? There are corner blocks that I understand you can glue to the roof with Sikaflex or similar. Has anyone had experience with this method or is it out of the question?
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby DavidofCoburg » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:38 am

I bought some lengths of aluminium and cut into strips to use as brackets for mounting. After attaching to the solar panels I then screwed the brackets to the roof with Sikaflex under the brackets as a bonding and sealing agent. I located the roof rafters using a stud finder.
I used six brackets for each panel and in hindsight four would have been adequate.

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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Geecee » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:02 am

Great advice guys. Look forward to more. Thanks again.
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Possum52 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:00 pm

DavidofCoburg wrote:I bought some lengths of aluminium and cut into strips to use as brackets for mounting. After attaching to the solar panels I then screwed the brackets to the roof with Sikaflex under the brackets as a bonding and sealing agent. I located the roof rafters using a stud finder.
I used six brackets for each panel and in hindsight four would have been adequate.

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ditto for me.. :D :D
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Re: Solar Panels - How do I install them ?

Postby Kim » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:57 pm

Possum52 wrote:
DavidofCoburg wrote:I bought some lengths of aluminium and cut into strips to use as brackets for mounting. After attaching to the solar panels I then screwed the brackets to the roof with Sikaflex under the brackets as a bonding and sealing agent. I located the roof rafters using a stud finder.
I used six brackets for each panel and in hindsight four would have been adequate.

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ditto for me.. :D :D
cheers
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Double ditto for me :D
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