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Old 11-20-2014, 04:31 PM   #21
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How about an 'elbow' in the back supports so you could push/pull it up/down with a broom stick with a pin in it? Or spring load it like a car hood?
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:37 PM   #22
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You make, I'll buy it Steve...but it needs a swivel and locking mechanism....lol
And be motorized, I'm no Peter Pan.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:52 PM   #23
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I just took delivery of the optional angle brackets offered by Go Power for their 160w panel. At first glance I am disappointed. It appears that at the very least you will have to access the roof and install 4 butterfly nuts each time you want to change the position of the panel. Worse case is that the mounting brackets must be taken off entirely with 8 bolts each time it is moved. TC Monday to discuss.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:00 PM   #24
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Here are some other options.
https://rvsolarstore.com/index.php?r...&product_id=51
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:06 PM   #25
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I asked this in the following thread, post #21. Don't know of any that are out there.
Yes, you did... but like a lawyer, questions often get asked until the desired answer is given. :
Often, members joining a thread only go back 3 or 4 posts. I'm tapping the minds of those just joining the thread.
On my 17' Escape I should be able to stand on the bumper to rotate any panel if necessary.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #26
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How to built a sun tracker for solar panels

Looks a bit heavy though.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:36 PM   #27
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Made of wood, easy to nail to the roof
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:52 PM   #28
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Yes, you did... but like a lawyer, questions often get asked until the desired answer is given. :
Often, members joining a thread only go back 3 or 4 posts. I'm tapping the minds of those just joining the thread.
On my 17' Escape I should be able to stand on the bumper to rotate any panel if necessary.
I know, I was just mentioning that it had been asked before. Someone design one!
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #29
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You make, I'll buy it Steve...but it needs a swivel and locking mechanism....lol
I think that was Steve's point: it doesn't need a swivel, if you use two of them at right angles - Robert, I suppose that you realize this and are just teasing Steve. In reference to the trailer, one tilts left/right, that carries another bracket that tilts forward/rearward. It does seem like a lot of hardware, and in the worst case (winter, south off one corner of the trailer) the panel will be tilted way up standing diagonally on a corner.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #30
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Mike, sun angle will surely affect the output of your panels but shadowing will have a huge impact. Look to be sure you are not casting shadows from the Maxifan, AC or TV antenna on your panels. Even small shadows have a big impact. I raised my panels 3 inches for this reason and I live in southern CA.
I think this is a good point - low sun angle will make shadowing problems much worse.
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