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Old 07-04-2015, 05:19 PM   #171
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Here's the concept part (70 degree bend, may go with 45 instead) sitting in front of my solar panel. Made of 1/8th inch ABS; if the base of each part (probably 4-6 inches long) has room for 2 strips of 1 inch wide 3M RP45 VHB tape, at 5 inches long that would have a peel strength rating of 5x20 pounds (3M rated) of 100 pounds for each strip. Empirically derived by sticking my hand out the truck window at 70 mph, to keep my hand at right angles to the truck doesn't take 100 pounds of force.

I'm going to install a line of these the height of panel across the roof of my 21 a few inches in front of the panel, then head to Bandon, Oregon in a couple of weeks, which is a 5 hour mostly freeway drive - that's way more than the 72 hours 3M says I need for a full cure.

Not going to install where the roofline drops way down.
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:32 PM   #172
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Charlie, that looks like it may be the ticket just be certain to leave enough space so you can get your hand or cloths or implements in the area to clean. Nothing worse than an area so tight, the grunge builds up.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #173
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Charlie, that looks like it may be the ticket just be certain to leave enough space so you can get your hand or cloths or implements in the area to clean. Nothing worse than an area so tight, the grunge builds up.
Yup, thunk of that!
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Old 07-05-2015, 02:28 PM   #174
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Yup, thunk of that!
I appreciate your adherence to a pure scientific method used to base your conclusions upon. We need more of that here on this Forum.
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:15 PM   #175
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I appreciate your adherence to a pure scientific method used to base your conclusions upon. We need more of that here on this Forum.
LOL, just a retired engineer - so here's the installation pics; the segments are 5 1/2 inches long and you can definitely see how the piecewise fit around the curve in the roof. I'll see how it holds up on the way to Bandon for the Oregon NOG in a couple of weeks.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:25 AM   #176
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Very promising, Charlie. We'd rather go this route and keep checking the integrity of the panels then to be drilling holes just yet. Good luck with the maiden-run and let us know what you think. Thanks again for sharing this~
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:30 AM   #177
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Very promising, Charlie. We'd rather go this route and keep checking the integrity of the panels then to be drilling holes just yet. Good luck with the maiden-run and let us know what you think. Thanks again for sharing this~
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I'm of the same mind - I DO NOT want more holes in the roof! Maybe I can sell Reace on the concept...
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:30 AM   #178
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I'm of the same mind - I DO NOT want more holes in the roof! Maybe I can sell Reace on the concept...
Not exactly a new concept though. I saw a Boler here in Calgary that had a hood deflector mounted in front of his side-by-side panels. It looked a bit odd, but he was proud of it, and I imagine it worked fine.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:51 AM   #179
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I'm of the same mind - I DO NOT want more holes in the roof! Maybe I can sell Reace on the concept...
Hi: tractors1... I'm with you... No more holes!!!
The air deflector will alter the air flow and hopefully not affect the cooling of the panel. Possibly affect mpg's but it may also keep the panel on the roof.
We want proof positive, so get out there and tow!!! Alf
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:12 AM   #180
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Now what happens when the deflector blows off??
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