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Old 12-17-2014, 12:04 AM   #171
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The solution! Mount it all on the tow vehicle like this picture. And don't forget the wind generator for those times the sun is blocked but there is a nice breeze
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:44 PM   #172
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For those so inclined, check out this dual-axis solar tracking system.
Maine Solar Trackers, New Hampshire AllSun Solar Panel Tracking Systems
My wild guess is 2-4 thousand USD, just for the mount.
I think it's amusing that GPS has become so cheap and reliable that it is used for a fixed installation like this - once the initial alignment is done, it serves as nothing more than a clock, because (of course) the location (position) of the array doesn't change.

An RV, in contrast, benefits from GPS when any kind of location-dependent automated aiming system is needed. Motorized satellite dish systems routinely use GPS to determine the orientation (in elevation) of the dish (and then find the satellite by pivoting in azimuth and then do fine tweaking by signal strength).
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:48 PM   #173
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An RV, in contrast, benefits from GPS when any kind of location-dependent automated aiming system is needed. Motorized satellite dish systems routinely use GPS to determine the orientation (in elevation) of the dish (and then find the satellite by pivoting in azimuth and then do fine tweaking by signal strength).
And also for us lower tech folk who still use OTA signals and TVfool to aim the antenna

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Old 12-22-2014, 11:10 AM   #174
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I'm getting my 19' ready for camping for a 3 day trip to the beach at San Clemente, CA starting the day before Christmas and wanted to show you a side view of the 3 new adjustable solar panel mounts locked down for traveling.

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Old 12-22-2014, 11:13 AM   #175
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You've done a great job with this project! I'm looking forward to seeing how the panels work for you on a "day to day" basis! Thanks for keeping us all informed of your progress. Hope that you and the family have a great holiday camping in your Escape.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:13 AM   #176
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Boy some people will go to extremes to not have to wash/wax their roofs.....
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:16 PM   #177
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Boy some people will go to extremes to not have to wash/wax their roofs.....
...true! It is ironic that I now have to raise all the panels to get under them when I want to clean the roof properly
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:29 PM   #178
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I'm getting my 19' ready for camping for a 3 day trip to the beach at San Clemente, CA starting the day before Christmas and wanted to show you a side view of the 3 new adjustable solar panel mounts locked down for traveling.
Shouldn't the wings be mounted on the SIDES of the fuselage instead of on top? You might have issues getting that thing off the ground....
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:37 PM   #179
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I wonder if the solars will impact the non white reflecting inability of the solar panels in dispersing the heat in the sun from inside??
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:09 PM   #180
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Solar panels do get warm; air circulation under them is good.
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