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Posted: 08/11/18 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really like the trick where you use a fuse on the plug to light up the running lights.

Any reason why I can't put a dimmer in line with the fuse?


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After looking into all my options for solar and trying to decide if I wanted my panel mounted to my roof for security and simplicity or if I wanted a portable solution. I liked the security of mounting it to the roof but, then what happens when I park the trailer in the shade? On the flip side what if I went portable and someone decided they need my panel more than me?
Which brought me to this idea... If I mounted my panel to a pole, had enough cable to move my panel to the front or rear of the trailer and had mounting points at either end I would be able to minimize the chances of someone walking of with my panel and would have the flexibility to move the panel for the best possible sun. I haven't actually made the mounts for the rear yet but, I will most likely do something similar to the front and use the rear slide frame as a mounting point. The picture with the panel and trailer set up was before I came up with the solution for anchoring the pole with the clamps in the other pictures.
Built aluminum frame using an old satellite dish mounting bracket.

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Panel with frame mounted on pole.

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heavy duty pole mounting brackets.

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This is my preliminary test with the solar panel mounted on the pole before I installed the brackets.

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Posted: 08/22/18 11:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It doesn't seem to like adding the first attempt without the heavy duty clamps. So, lets try it again.

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Posted: 10/23/18 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Will be making my first mod to my new TT tomorrow. Replacing the 12v stock battery with two 6 volt golf cart batteries.


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