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Old 11-18-2002, 12:19 PM   #15
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Hello Overlander,
I would like to write some of my thoughs about solar panels, and maybe you find them useful. I had the same problem like you to decide which panel and how to mount it. We spend about tree months of a year deep in the woods in Scandinavia with no access to power. I always hated it to run my Genset because of the noise and exhaust fumes. So finally I decided to go solar. My biggest concern was not to change the original appearance of the MH, and of course didnít want to drill more holes then necessary. After seeking lot of internet, I found panels witch are about ĹĒ inch thick and flexible. You can actually bend them exactly like your roof is. They donít have to be mounted on any rack, you just glue them with some sicaflex or similar to your roof. No wind drag because the low profile, and actually you canít even see them standing next to the MH. Last summer we tested the set up, and it was perfect. Didnít have to start the Genset once. Always enough power in the batteries. If I somebody explain how to attach pictures, I would send one or two. You can find those panels on: http://www.solara.de Go to the yacht/boat section.
Excuse my bad English
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Old 11-18-2002, 12:45 PM   #16
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FOR THE PICTURE ATTACHMENT-
When you write your post or reply, go to the button below that
says
"browse"
click this and it will let you look on your computer for the pictures.
When you find one you want to use, double click its name, and that name and file location will be put in the box. (You click "open")
then when you submit your post or reply to a post, the picture will be there.
The only thing to remember is the size of the picture is limited and won't attach if it is too big.
Hope this helps, wish I could tell you in German!
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Old 11-18-2002, 01:31 PM   #17
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Thank's ALANSD, I am still learning.
As you can see, you see nothing

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Old 11-18-2002, 02:06 PM   #18
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Alex,
Nice looking motorhome! Another source for flexible solar panels is www.unisolar.com for a comparison. Your english is just fine and we are happy to have you on the forum.
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Old 11-18-2002, 02:59 PM   #19
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Yes, that's exactly them. We use two panels with 225W/D each. They have stainles steel backs, are very light and don't need any ventilation from below. As I said before, just glue them on and lets go camping

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Alex,
I thought they were a neat idea and you could throw them up on awnings, velcro them in place or just use bungie cords to tie them down. When it was time to go, unhook, roll them up and throw them inside.
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Old 11-19-2002, 01:40 AM   #21
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You can bend them, but not roll. But as I said before, since nobody sees them-nobody steals them. If I have little time during the day, I will post picture how I mount them.

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Old 11-19-2002, 07:10 AM   #22
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Old 11-19-2002, 08:11 AM   #23
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BUBBLA,

Your panels (and your Motorhome) look great. How many watts do they produce? I am looking for something in the range of 75 watts, but most of the flexible ones I have found produce only 32 watts.
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:25 AM   #24
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I thing they are rated 55w/h each, but that's not the important nummber. The important rating for each is 225 Wh/Day. That makes everage 450 W produced power every day. I found that they produced enough power even on cloudy days. As I said before, we don't have accses to shore power for three monts and I did't have to start the genset once. I love to stay in really remote places

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what can you use with the panels

What electrical items can you use with the panels?
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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Solar panels are not very efficient. Even at maximum sun a good panel's efficiency is about 15%. With clouds and a low angle it drops dramatically.
Any adjustable mount would have to almost be a gimbal, you never know how your trailer will be oriented to the sun. It would also have to be remote or automated control to follow the sun as it moves, either that or you will be climbing on the roof to adjust them constantly.

I gave up and mounted mine flat, figured it was the best way with all the limitations. I did raise them off the roof for air circulation, this also gave me a place to feed the wires beneath them. The mount is pretty simple, some angle and 1/8x2" strap. Remember these are fairly heavy and need to go through ribs not just skin.

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Hi, looks like in this pic your panels are mounted just off of a rib as evidenced by the row of rivets. Is mounting a small panel though the skin only ok?
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:45 PM   #27
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hey steve
do you realize his post was 11 years ago!
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hey steve
do you realize his post was 11 years ago!
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Thanks big al, just looking for info. Missed the date. In previous posts I've been surprised how constructive and helpful other owners have been despite the age of the posts. Oh well.
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