Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-05-2017, 09:29 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
larry9000's Avatar
 
2006 16' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 70
Mounting options for "wide" solar panels with overhang.

I'm upgrading out 16' Bambi to 200 watts of solar power. I am using two AM Solar SP100 panels, shown here:
http://amsolar.com/rv-solar-panels/solar-sp100

It's not a "wide" panel, but the problem is one of width. In fact I chose it because of its narrow width: just 21.3". This allows me to position the two panels "in tandem" on the driver's side of the trailer- one up from, and one to the rear. The combined length may overhang beyond the roof at the rear, but only by a few inches onto the flat portion of the cap.

But here's my dilemma: The rear panel needs to squeeze itself into the space between the edge of the A/C to the side roof seam. That is 21.5 inches. It would be best to put a little gap from the A/C, let's say an inch. That places the outer edge of the panel beyond the outer seam of the roof by a tad- no more than an inch. My dilemma is exactly what mounting feet and technique I should use. If the long edge of the solar panel is slightly beyond the roof seam, I can't put feet there. I can only put feet on the other three sides, and no feet that overlap the seam. This means any feet on the front and back ends of the solar panel have to by placed in from the corner.

I find documentation on the options of where to mount lacking in showing my options. BTW, no drilling. I'd like to use VHB tape and caulk to attach the panel legs. Any advice would be welcome!
__________________

__________________
2006 16' International CCD pulled by 2016 Toyota 4runner
larry9000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 11:00 AM   #2
2 Rivet Member
 
57Vintage's Avatar

 
1957 26' Overlander
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 59
Images: 21
Panel Mounting

Suggest you review the following:

Mounting - look at the post by Lewster
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...-126917-2.html

Mounting brackets: look at the install by troutboy on page 3. He goes into great detail/photos. I'd also recommend doubling the feet on the forward edge of the panel (also recommended by Lewster). You don't mention anything about the combiner box if you have one or ordered one from AM Solar. Troutboy has good info on that also.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...-a-162955.html
__________________

__________________
Harold & Rebecca
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f97/...er-172124.html
57Vintage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 04:38 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
larry9000's Avatar
 
2006 16' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 70
I think I have a solution

Thanks 57!

Those links were exactly what I needed. Especially Troutboy's installation. He had the EXACT SAME PANELS as mine (AM Solar SP100), and THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM locating them next to the A/C. His solution, relocating the mounting feet attach points, is exactly the solution I was looking for. I contacted AM Solar, and they verified I could do this. I will order the standard AM Solar feet, put the ones on the leading edge of the panel back-to-back, and drill into the panels and the feet to change the mounting position for the outside edge of the panel next to the A/C.

My last remaining issue is if there is any problem if I attach two feet for the rear panel to the cap behind the roof, instead of the roof. The panel extends just a wee bit onto the cap area, but the area that stays level with the roof.
__________________
2006 16' International CCD pulled by 2016 Toyota 4runner
larry9000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2017, 07:33 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
larry9000's Avatar
 
2006 16' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 70
Update

I'm mounting the AM Solar SP100 panels (2 of them) on my 16' Bambi, following the instructions documented by Troutboy in the above thread. I did not have to build an aluminum extension to the roof over the cap, as Troutboy did. That was necessary on a 23' FC, as the roof is raised compared to the cap. In my Bambi, the cap and roof are in line.
__________________
2006 16' International CCD pulled by 2016 Toyota 4runner
larry9000 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2017, 08:32 AM   #5
Fuil-Timers
 
DreamStreamr's Avatar

 
2005 25' International CCD
Everywhere , North America
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 611
Images: 38
Send a message via Skype™ to DreamStreamr
Quote:
Originally Posted by 57Vintage View Post
Suggest you review the following:
. . .look at the install by troutboy on page 3. He goes into great detail/photos.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...-a-162955.html
Wow! thanks for sharing Rich's great thread on his solar install. I'm going back in and re-doing my not-so-organized wiring. Amazing pictures and great descriptions. Installed my solar ten years ago, just enough system to not need a generator when boon docking. At 250 watts PV and 300 amp hours battery it's not nearly as robust. The biggest difference tho is the awesome workmanship he shows.
__________________
Jim Cocke,
International President
WBCCI Wally Byam Airstream Club
dreamstreamr.com
dreamstreamr.wordpress.com
DreamStreamr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which VHB Tape for Mounting Solar Panels pteck Generators & Solar Power 1 08-31-2017 12:15 PM
Adhesives for mounting flexible solar panels rpmd Generators & Solar Power 29 06-23-2017 09:00 AM
Argosy rear overhang? Anyone know? ccbrand All Argosy Trailers 2 05-01-2012 12:36 AM
Overhang issue with rear bath 70's 31 footer co_skier Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 13 11-07-2005 11:57 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.