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Old 07-07-2016, 09:15 PM   #15
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Looks great! Curious about your route for wiring to the controller.

From junction box on roof I dropped 6AWG cables from AM Solar in the void behind the sink in the bath. Then over the passenger side rear wheel well and into the area under the lounge seat where I mounted the controller near the battery box.


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Old 07-07-2016, 09:20 PM   #16
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No need to drill any holes to mount those panels!!!

I mount 4 X 100 watt panels on almost every AI installation that I do and there is only ONE HOLE.....and that's to get the solar charge line into the coach from the bottom of the roof combiner box.

VHB tape and SikaFlex have all of the bond strength that you need for a Sprinter's roof.

PS: I don't use racks either!!
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Seriously, do I recall you live in Oregon part of the year? If so, what is your outlook on solar in the pacific northwest? My one 100 watt panel produces next to nothing as soon as it clouds over. And this is summer time.

What do folks get out of four panels?
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No need to drill any holes to mount those panels!!!



I mount 4 X 100 watt panels on almost every AI installation that I do and there is only ONE HOLE.....and that's to get the solar charge line into the coach from the bottom of the roof combiner box.



VHB tape and SikaFlex have all of the bond strength that you need for a Sprinter's roof.



PS: I don't use racks either!!

I agree 100%. I would not recommend racks and would not use them again. I now realize the the simple mounting feet from AM Solar is the absolute best way to add solar panels to your Interstate. VHB tape plus Sikaflex is a very strong bond to the roof.


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No need to drill any holes to mount those panels!!!



I mount 4 X 100 watt panels on almost every AI installation that I do and there is only ONE HOLE.....and that's to get the solar charge line into the coach from the bottom of the roof combiner box.



VHB tape and SikaFlex have all of the bond strength that you need for a Sprinter's roof.



PS: I don't use racks either!!

Do you have any pics of how you placed the tape? Was it double sided applied to the underside?
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I think Airstream stopped ordering their base Sprinters with the roof rails from Mercedes.
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No more rack rails on the newer Interstates. The contact points are still there as these are standard with every Sprinter body. You would have to order the rails from Benz and then install them into the contact points.
The sliding side door on an NCV3 Sprinter is taller than on the T1N Sprinters. So when Airstream started using NCV3 Sprinters for their Interstates, they had to relocate the awning from high on the side to on top of the roof… right where the passenger-side roof rail would be. So you could mount a rail on the driver's side, but you'd have to remove the awning to mount a rail on the passenger side.
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