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Twistedlarch

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Posted: 03/25/20 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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?

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Posted: 03/25/20 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4 two-bolt brackets per panel. Nope, just two directions.

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Posted: 03/25/20 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Who wants to climb up there to move it every hour? You'll end up wrecking your roof eventually (retired general contractor). You'll get 6 hours+ of great sunlight even in winter if they are mounted as they should be.

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Posted: 03/25/20 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I read that 7 times on the roof is the average for panel adjustment. Most just add one additional panel and they are good to go.


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Posted: 03/25/20 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's the reason why I did not mount mine on the roof.

Besides, I want my campsite under trees and tucked in the forest -- I can move my panel and need not the RV.

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My panels are mounted flat on roof .... mounting brackets fastened to roof with 3M double sided tape. Mount brackets have option to add tilt bar for the panels if I am parked for extended period.


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Posted: 03/25/20 02:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Four 2 bolt brackets for each of my three panels. Not interested in tilting...up and down a ladder repeatedly. Three panels sufficient so far. Will add a fourth someday. I wired for four panels. Hint - wire more than sufficiently.


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Posted: 03/25/20 02:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine are riveted to aluminum angle. The angle is held to the roof by six screws per panel.


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I took advantage of the raised side rails on my DP to tilt 7 of the 9 I installed.
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This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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Mine are able to tilt in four directions. No running up and down. I just set them at the "optimum" angle for the latitude and month. I generally don't tilt if I'm going to be some place less than three days. It's more advantageous to tilt the further north you are. Some of us don't have the space to just add one more panel.


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