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Old 08-12-2016, 02:00 AM   #61
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I assume your panels have an inch or more of space between them and the roof so air can circulate and they shade the roof.
My panel is in its' "down" position but still has more air space for circulation than if it was mounted on the roof.

I guess what surprised me was that the white bottom surface was hotter than the black top surface.

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Old 08-12-2016, 08:04 AM   #62
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I wonder why Escape 19 owners do not mount auxiliary panels on the front window panel, it is always open while camping and would still capture some while closed. That would be my first place to mount an extra panel.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:19 AM   #63
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I wonder why Escape 19 owners do not mount auxiliary panels on the front window panel, it is always open while camping and would still capture some while closed. That would be my first place to mount an extra panel.
Weight on the hinge may be a concern, along with the heat generated by the solar panel. It really should have some airspace behind it.

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Old 08-12-2016, 08:34 AM   #64
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I was thinking of the lightweight, flexible panels like these https://www.amazon.com/HQST-Monocrys...e+Solar+Panels
about 4 lbs and heat would dissipate while open.
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:34 AM   #65
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Found this list of pros and cons on the flexible panels in the Wynn's RV blog. Flexible RV Solar Issues Revealed - Our One Year Review
Good to get a review from a user. The main concern I would have is the cupping effect, something to bring up with the supplier should I continue to research this avenue.

The issue of not tilting is valid, but even if I had the capacity, I do wonder how much I would bother to use it.

Still thinking...................
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Every couple of years I revisit the mounting flexible solar panels. I wonder if using the wide industrial hook and loop strips (Velcro) glued to the shell and panel would work. You would a small air gap for the heating issues and you would be able to move the panel if necessary. Scott

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On sale again at Canadian Tire this weekend. This is the best price I've ever seen. You will probably have to buy a hub to use them together with one controller ( appears to come with two ).
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I'm not sure what brand my friend's panels are but they're the kind that are semi rigid plastic, not the really flexible rubber kind. He made a very lightweight frame for them out of aluminum angle so that he could attach brackets to them etc. He's up the coast right now without very good cell coverage but I was going to get the website info for them when he returns.

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The issue of not tilting is valid, but even if I had the capacity, I do wonder how much I would bother to use it.
My panel was in the down position the whole Olympic Pen. trip. Overcast days and shaded campsites. Didn't switch to #2 battery at any time and the battery was always fully charged, which is a roundabout way of saying that even in the fixed lower position and not tilting it, it's still pretty effective.

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Weight on the hinge may be a concern, along with the heat generated by the solar panel. It really should have some airspace behind it.

Yep, from the temperature recorded under my panel it'd probably melt the plastic window cover. Unfortunately the panel isn't quite the right size to permit removing the plastic and installing the panel in its' place.

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I was thinking of the lightweight, flexible panels like these https://www.amazon.com/HQST-Monocrys...e+Solar+Panels
about 4 lbs and heat would dissipate while open.
Those are very similar to the ones my friend bought earlier this summer. My next one will be that type. I don't need the flexibility but the lightweight will be nice seeing as though I have a penchant for hoisting and tilting my panels.

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