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Old 12-11-2014, 10:24 PM   #151
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Good job on the adjusting mounts. How many DC fridges are you running again? That sure seems like a lot of wattage. Puts my wee 40W to shame.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:41 AM   #152
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Great job. Thought I saw a picture of your trailer roof on the web the other day. Oh here it is.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:59 AM   #153
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Great job. Thought I saw a picture of your trailer roof on the web the other day. Oh here it is.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:06 PM   #154
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Looks like all mounts are glued to trailer, no bolts?
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:46 PM   #155
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Looks like all mounts are glued to trailer, no bolts?
No need for bolts. Reace doesn't use bolts either.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:47 PM   #156
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Did you leave the existing mounts that were glued to the roof at the back, or add new ones?
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:15 PM   #157
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Did you leave the existing mounts that were glued to the roof at the back, or add new ones?
I left the existing mounts that I originally installed in the back and used those with the new adjustable mounts.

My 19 came with one 95 watt panel mounted in the middle roof area. I later purchased a second 95 watt panel and mount hardware from Reace and installed it in the rear roof area. Recently, I removed the original two panels and added adjustable mounting hardware to those existing roof mounts. I also built the roof mount and adjusting hardware for the 160 watt panel and installed it in the front roof area of the trailer.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:19 AM   #158
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I'd forgotten that the 95 watt panels were in the middle roof area. Nice job!
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:06 AM   #159
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All three panels (350 watts combined) are adjusted up to 56 degrees from flat which is the optimum setting for my latitude today. I made sure there is no shading from one to the other at this low sun angle, worse case condition.
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perhaps a silly question but, does the 56 degree angle need to be adjusted as the day progresses? (sun rise, sun set).
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All three panels (350 watts combined) are adjusted up to 56 degrees from flat which is the optimum setting for my latitude today. I made sure there is no shading from one to the other at this low sun angle, worse case condition.
perhaps a silly question but, does the 56 degree angle need to be adjusted as the day progresses? (sun rise, sun set).[/QUOTE]

No, the panels are set then left in position during the day. The 56 degrees was recommended for that day at my location. Since I wanted to go with adjustable panels I've researched the subject and have determined it is best to set up the panels aimed as close to South-facing as possible and then angled-up for the location, especially latitude, for the dates I am camping. This gives the best averaged angle of presentation for the panel faces toward the sun during the day. I have a couple of apps I use that determines my exact GPS location and recommends the best panel angle for that day. It also recommends the best settings for the four seasons for stationary panels that you may want to readjust only a few during the the year. BTW, my panels were putting out almost 20 amps combined at 1:00 PM a few days ago.

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