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Yosemite Sam1

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Posted: 03/27/20 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3M tape may not work on some RV roofs that have rubber coating that deteriorate over time or from extreme sun exposure.

Yup, my former RV's roof rubber coating peeled off when I use my pressure washer.

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I have towed a few times in high wind. A 45 mph headwind + 65 mph towing speed in those conditions = 110 mph... Not sure any tape would work


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Posted: 03/27/20 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mounted mine using the supplied Z brackets on a crowned roof. I couldn’t find well nuts and didn’t really like the looks of them anyway. I used the crimp style hollow wall anchors and lots of Dicor. That was 3 years ago and probably 35,000 miles and they’re still rock solid.

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bpounds wrote:

Zee brackets, set in a puddle of dicor, screwed to the roof

My neighbor set 1 PV over the roof in the same way of your photo, but a little higher.. I prefer your solution for aerodynamic traveling noise!
I think that you can also use Portable and Foldable Photovoltaic solution instead.

BTW Can I post the photo of my neighbor's RV

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FoldPV wrote:


BTW Can I post the photo of my neighbor's RV


You can post photos. There is a sticky around here somewhere that explains exactly how. I just use a link to my photos storage account elsewhere, but the forum does have a storage solution that works too.

On edit: here it is.
Forum hosting help and pics FAQ


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I also put a lot of non self leveling dicor under the renogy brackets and use 2 screws per bracket. We travel in Wyoming and Montana and it seems we always have very strong cross winds. Have seen semi trucks tipped over a few times.

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ajriding wrote:

Yes, all those holes. All roof penetration points are potential leak points.

The tape, if applied correctly, will not fly off.
I am guessing you never did this on a rubber roof have you?

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Thanks! I've got lots of ideas to work with! [emoticon]

I think I'm going to mount them flat with the ability to easily remove them in case I'm in a situation where the sun won't hit the trailer.

Most of my camping is done in Oregon's High Desert, so the tree canopy's usually allow for plenty sunlight.

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Twistedlarch wrote:

How do you all have your panels mounted on your roof? Does anyone have a set up that allows you to angle in any direction to maximize sun exposure?


The panels are screwed to my roof with Dicor sealant under and over the feet (mounts)

I'm running panels and mounts from a company in Oregon: www.amsolar.com

They have the best mounting system I have seen, and they have stuck with that mounting system for many years. I had them install my panels in 2011. This video shows my system.


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bpounds wrote:


here it is.


Thanks this is the panel,
I uploaded with your Imgur link!
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It's not the best way to put them.. it isn't aerodynamic but neighbors are always friends!

* This post was edited 03/29/20 07:55am by FoldPV *

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