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Old 05-16-2017, 08:33 PM   #1
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Solar Installation

This was my trailer roof this morning.



This was my trailer roof this afternoon.



All the exterior work is done. The four 60W semi-flexible panels are installed. I wired them in two parallel sets of two panels wired in series, so the system voltage to the solar controller will be 36V. I held them down with Eternabond tape around the entire perimeter. I taped cable tie holders down with the tape too. They entered into the trailer via a Go Power Cable Entry Plate supplied by Escape.

This is one of the panels in my garage. I pre-cut all the pieces of tape ahead of time.



Tomorrow I will install the solar controller and tie everything in, including a tap for my 80W portable panel. I will do a follow up post later tomorrow.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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It will sure be an easy go to do the fridge caulking fix Reace supplied.



Note the cables that come from the Entry Plate on the left of that photo.

Another couple pounds on my belly, and I could not shimmy past the fridge, and it is setting on the first step up to the loft.

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Whew! I'd say that you are really into solar. Semi-flexible means that you can put them right on the roof, no air needed?
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Didn't know you hated waxing the roof that much...
Looks good Jim!
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Whew! I'd say that you are really into solar. Semi-flexible means that you can put them right on the roof, no air needed?
Correct, they are taped right to the roof.
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Didn't know you hated waxing the roof that much...
Looks good Jim!
A nice bonus, eh?
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Elegant solar solution Jim. No wind resistance, no profile, and completely invisible from the ground. I'm assuming 240 watts of potential charging power will do very nicely. Great work, as always. When people tell me craftsmanship is dead, I point them to work like this.

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Elegant solar solution Jim. No wind resistance, no profile, and completely invisible from the ground. I'm assuming 240 watts of potential charging power will do very nicely. Great work, as always. When people tell me craftsmanship is dead, I point them to work like this.

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Thanks, Robert. The only thing I am tempted to do is to clean up that wee coil of excess cable. It is from using the supplied leads at their full length with MC4 connectors already on. It just means cutting out a bit more cable and splicing on new connectors. It would not take very long, or cost much, but later as I have plenty to do yet, and it is hidden by the fridge vent.
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One thing that was nice, is that I could get the trailer to kneel down in the front for better access to the roof by raising the landing gear all the way.
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One thing that was nice, is that I could get the trailer to kneel down in the front for better access to the roof by raising the landing gear all the way.
Ha! Hidden benefit of a 5er....

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Is there a way of removing Eternabond if you need to at some point?
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