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Old 01-26-2015, 11:10 PM   #191
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I would think that the solar panels, with a space between them and the outer shell of a trailer, would shade the trailer keeping is somewhat cooler.
I agree.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:23 AM   #192
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I would think that the solar panels, with a space between them and the outer shell of a trailer, would shade the trailer keeping is somewhat cooler.
I agree. You can put your hand on the trailer roof in full sun and it's pretty warm. Put it on the roof under the solar panel and because it's shaded it is much cooler.
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:31 AM   #193
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Thanks for re-posting the solar panel photo, Ken. A great job!
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:41 AM   #194
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I would think that the solar panels, with a space between them and the outer shell of a trailer, would shade the trailer keeping is somewhat cooler.
So, a cooler trailer is another benefit of rooftop solar! Does anyone know how much solar panels affect wind resistance (and mileage) while towing? We have these nice streamlined trailers with streamlined accessories on top and then we attach angular brackets and wide panels guaranteed to increase drag. I certainly like my solar panel, but it would be nice to have a more aerodynamic rooftop.

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:00 AM   #195
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So, a cooler trailer is another benefit of rooftop solar! Does anyone know how much solar panels affect wind resistance (and mileage) while towing? We have these nice streamlined trailers with streamlined accessories on top and then we attach angular brackets and wide panels guaranteed to increase drag. I certainly like my solar panel, but it would be nice to have a more aerodynamic rooftop.

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Dave,
I had similar concerns regarding effect on mileage, so I'm planning on borrowing Ron's idea; I think it will help.

See: Swiveling and rotating solar panel mount
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:03 AM   #196
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I haven't seen any difference in towing.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:02 PM   #197
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:04 PM   #198
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So, a cooler trailer is another benefit of rooftop solar! Does anyone know how much solar panels affect wind resistance (and mileage) while towing? We have these nice streamlined trailers with streamlined accessories on top and then we attach angular brackets and wide panels guaranteed to increase drag. I certainly like my solar panel, but it would be nice to have a more aerodynamic rooftop.

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Perhaps a portable solar panel is the answer for you.
I guess when you say you would like a more aerodynamic roof top you're saying your okay with the fantastic fan and the bathroom vent on the roof.
BTW the solar panel doesn't stick up as far as either of these (or an AC or TV antenna)
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #199
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So, a cooler trailer is another benefit of rooftop solar! Does anyone know how much solar panels affect wind resistance (and mileage) while towing? We have these nice streamlined trailers with streamlined accessories on top and then we attach angular brackets and wide panels guaranteed to increase drag. I certainly like my solar panel, but it would be nice to have a more aerodynamic rooftop.

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Hi Dave, can't be much additional resistance, they are only about 1.5"x60" in profile to the wind and most of that is behind the AC. I would think it'd be barely noticeable.
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Wind drag has a big effect on mileage, but I suspect the air conditioner, Maxx Fan and roof vents probably already doom any additional streamlining possibilities with the trailer. What's another panel or two at this point? I lose 2 mpg just by leaving my Yakima racks/bars on the Tacoma's shell, without the trailer.
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