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Old 12-18-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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Solar panels on bambi 19'

I've seen pictures of this model using two 50 watt panels. I was wondering if I went with a little larger panel that would creep out a few inches onto the unpainted portion of the roof to mount, would that be wise? I don't care to move the TV antenna.
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:21 PM   #2
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I have a 16' Sport, I figure I can get three 80 watt panels on the roof. I went with the Renogy panel because of dimensions, the 80 watt panel is only 36 inches long and I have 80 inches of roof (so panel and feet will fit). Take a second look with the tape measure up on the roof and then shop around for panel size, I bet you can get more. Good Luck Also, check out GMFL's blog on solar or the solar show and tell thread too.
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Thanks Rick,
Yes he should be able to get 3 of these https://www.renogy.com/80-watt-12-vo...e-solar-panel/ On the roof

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Old 12-18-2019, 07:54 PM   #4
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we have 3 panels with 350w total on our as 22FB. 2 on the roof
the 3rd is on a hinge over the back window
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we have 3 panels with 350w total on our as 22FB. 2 on the roof
the 3rd is on a hinge over the back window
Iíve always been intrigued by using a panel as a back window awning
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:25 AM   #6
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Zamp is expensive but they make skinny 90s and 45s which are the same width but half as long. You can mix them to make a good fit. I have 2 45s and a 90 on my 16.
Make sure you leave room to walk on the roof or have a way to easily remove some or all of the panels.
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:36 AM   #7
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Interesting. I have a Sport 22FB and looking at solar options too.
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Just stay away for the flexible panels.
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:35 PM   #10
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I have a Bambi 19' International and I put up 3 80W from Zamp Solar
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:39 PM   #11
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I have a Bambi 19' International and I put up 3 80W from Zamp Solar
Do you have a picture of your install? Iíve measured the roof space on my Flying Cloud 19 and from that it looks like 2 Zamp 90L panels will fit but not much else as far as I can tell.
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I have a 2018 Bambi sport 16. I bought it used but it came with 2 90 watt Zamp panels. They hang over just a bit on the silver portion of the roof. One on each side in front of the AC.
If you can get 3 panels go for it. Solar is the best option for a trailer, in my opinion.
GMFL seems to have good info, follow his lead
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:03 PM   #13
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Thanks Rick,
Yes he should be able to get 3 of these https://www.renogy.com/80-watt-12-vo...e-solar-panel/ On the roof

Use AirstreamNutsandBolts as a discount code to save some cheddar.
Do you have pictures showing the placement of these panels?
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:55 PM   #14
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I have never posted pictures here yet, it seems it requires a URL ?!
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Old 12-23-2019, 02:17 PM   #15
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Pictures of my 3 Zamp solar panels 80W

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Do you have a picture of your install? Iíve measured the roof space on my Flying Cloud 19 and from that it looks like 2 Zamp 90L panels will fit but not much else as far as I can tell.

Here are my pictures, I hope its ok for you.
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It looks like that antenna and possibly the AC is casting shadows on the panels. You'd be best the avoid any shading from these.
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Nice install, could you put more on the opposite side if you wanted? On my 16 Bambi, I have one on each side which helps if I am parked in partial shade. Thanks for the pics.
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Your pictures confirm my measurements. For aesthetic reasons I was wanting to avoid the overhang on the front and back of the curb side. Thatís why I assessed a max of one 90L on each side. Iíll maybe reconsider this approach as your install looks quite nice.
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It looks like that antenna and possibly the AC is casting shadows on the panels. You'd be best the avoid any shading from these.
With this model there is very limited space on the roof for solar. Iíve measured mine in detail and unfortunately, for this model compromises are required.
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Thanks, interesting thread. Adding solar is a mod I'm researching for the coming year on our 2008 19' Bambi SE.
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