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Old 05-23-2018, 01:53 PM   #1
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Sharp Solar Panel Corners - Protecting Cover

When installing the Calmark cover on our 17B I was concerned about the sharp corners of the solar panel abrading holes in the cover. Rather than reinforcing the cover I used these foam corner protectors on the panel, which I happened upon at Home Depot:


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Foam-Cor...4004/203457774


You have to cut a slit in each protector to accommodate the aluminum supports for the panel, but they fit well and stay put as you adjust the cover.



Now it will interesting to see if the panel can produce enough mojo to keep the batteries at 100%, as some light comes through the cover, but the foam protectors block light at the corners (not a good scenario). Hmmmm. I do have another small 20 watt panel that I can employ on top of the cover if need be. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:17 PM   #2
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When we covered our trailer we used plumbing insulation and cut the corners to fit the solar panel. It worked well and the panel kept the batteries charged over the winter.
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