Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-18-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
Senior Member
gypsmjim's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Wheatfield
Posts: 333
Solar Panel "Issue"

Maybe I should be asking this in a solar forum, but I'll give it a try here anyway.

Just found out I have a mouse problem. My panel is mounted on the roof of my "generator shed", located next to the trailer. We have a permanent site setup. We found a huge mouse nest under the panel. It took a leaf blower and some sticks to clear it out.

Naturally, I'm concerned about the critters chewing on the wires. As a temporary solution I blocked the opening with some wood slats and rubber gasket material.

I believe that the mouse problem is gone now, but is there a problem with sealing off the back of the panel? Does it need to be ventilated?

gypsmjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Riverview
Posts: 301
Airflow is usually needed to help cool the panel. The hotter the panel the less efficient it is.

Carl & Dawn
2015 Greyhawk 31FS
2015 Ford Transit Connect (our TOAD on a DEMCO Dolly)
DW, DSx2, DDx2 Catx2 Dog
Tampa Bay Area of FL
CarlB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
Senior Member
Mustang65's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL area
Posts: 3,671
Originally Posted by CarlB View Post
Airflow is usually needed to help cool the panel. The hotter the panel the less efficient it is.

You can take 1/4" chicken wire and secure it to the SOLAR panel frame and the roof to keep the mice out and allow for air flow.

2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
250Watt Grape Solar Panel, MorningStar MPPT 60 Charge Controller
1500 Watt Ramsond PSI, 2 Trojan T145 Batteries (260Ah)
2 - AirSight Wireless IP Cameras (used as rear view cameras)
EnGenius WI-FI extender, D-Link wireless (n) modem
MagicJack Internet Phone
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73
157" Wheel base, HD Towing Package

Our Solar Album https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329
Mustang65 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.