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Old 09-15-2017, 10:28 AM   #1
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Portable Solar Panels - Overnight Storage

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I store my solar panels overnight because I figure "out of sight out of mind sticky fingers". I do have them connected to a 3/8" cable during the day. What do you folks do? It is a hassle to set them up each morning.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:24 AM   #2
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Not as much hassle as losing them! It is really no big deal, put the panels in their case and back in the truck. Don't take the time to coil the lock cable nor the electrical cable. Just put them in the truck bed kind of sloppily till sun comes back up.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:54 AM   #3
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Mine are easy to fold and put up for the night, Renogy 100 Suitcase. They fit right behind my lounge chair. Out of sight and out of the way.
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I have a Zamp 200 watt portable. At 50 lbs it is a bit of PITA to haul around but I've been storing it in the truck at night anyway. It's an almost $1K investment and I just can bring myself to leave it out and vulnerable.
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Old 09-15-2017, 03:28 PM   #5
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Hi

One recommendation - *remember* where they are stored..... don't ask why I believe this step is worth considering .... .

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One recommendation - *remember* where they are stored..... don't ask why I believe this step is worth considering .... .

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Why?
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:40 AM   #7
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Saves the panicked running around in circles with dark thoughts about theft when another member of the party found a "better place" to put them.... and then forgot they did it ....

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I leave them out at night, facin east toward the mornin sun. I suppose someone could steal em, but I suppose someone could steal my truck too. Or my grill. Or my campin chair. Or my propane tanks.

I don't worry myself over it.
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I leave mine out facing the sun as well. I suppose it depends on where you are camping. I have never had anyone show interest in stealing them.
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They are installed on the roof. There's too much loose stuff to set out as it is.
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