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Old 04-15-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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cleaning the solar panel

Just a reminder for all of you that have out-of-sight, out-of-mind solar panels on your roof.

I moved my trailer over to a neighbors yard for 10 days while I had a new driveway put in. I was surprised how much of a scum was created in a few days and that can't be good for maximum output. So....maybe time to see if your panel needs cleaning.

Really happy to have a dedicated parking area with a hard surface for the trailer. One of the annoying things about parking on gravel with the winter cover on was that mud would splash on the bottom edge of the cover making a mess. Also lots of room to be able to park the truck and trailer off to the side and be able to drive other vehicles in and out.

This isn't the finished driveway. In 3 weeks I have to acid wash and glaze it.

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Old 04-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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Ron, what make of cover do you have? Is it a custom fit?
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:18 PM   #3
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It's an Adco cover from Camping World. Been very happy with it. I like the straps front and rear that allow it to be snugged up so it doesn't flap in the wind. There are previous threads with model #'s etc.

We don't have a rooftop a/c so it touches the ground. The a/c would hold it up a bit.

It's held up really well. Can't say the same for our 10 year old Toyota cover that we use as a summer cover. Starting to shred, time for a new one.

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Old 04-15-2016, 05:30 PM   #4
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Looks like what we have. We lost interest in using it after a couple of times because it was a problem to get into the trailer and the ice and snow would also adhere the cover to the trailer. You probably have less ice than we do.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:08 PM   #5
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Haven't found it to be a problem getting into the trailer because, with zippers in front and behind the door we just roll up the flap. Generally it goes on if the trailers going to sit more than a couple of weeks between uses. Only problem I've had a couple of times has been when the zipper did freeze up and I had to pour hot water on it. That, and after working away in the trailer in the rain, coming out and unrolling the flap and getting a dump of cold rain water in the face.

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Old 04-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #6
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Looks like what we have. We lost interest in using it after a couple of times because it was a problem to get into the trailer and the ice and snow would also adhere the cover to the trailer. You probably have less ice than we do.
I hear you about the ice and snow, now that were temporary snow birds I'm not going to use a cover come late fall. Last thing I want is to be stuck in MA in January cause the cover is frozen on.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:19 PM   #7
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Our zipper came messed up near the top and we have too much trouble either going underneath with cords or around, and have to redo them every time.

Yes, we would likely be stuck in January as well. Did not leave until March.
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