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Old 10-17-2014, 12:00 AM   #1
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Any ideas for solar panels on the roof?

Hi everyone, I purchased my first travel trailer today, a 2015 Jayco 19rd with fiberglass and I guess a rubber roof. My tow van has four flexible solar panels on the roof and I would like to put 6 on top of the Jayco. On the van they are secured with self drilling screws & silicone sealer. Have had no leaks or any problems with them. I am concerned about poking holes in the rubber roof and wonder if anyone has some good ideas here. Tom
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:09 AM   #2
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I put mine on this summer with self drilling screws and dicor sealant. Mine is a 25RKS with a rubber roof over wood sheeting. Don't know if there is a better way to go for fiberglass or not.

If you want a good education about solar battery charging and RVs I highly recommend reading Handy Bob's blog at http://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/t...ging-puzzle-2/
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:19 AM   #3
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X2 on Handy Bob. I have him on speed dial.
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Personally I would not go with the flex panels but that is not what you asked about .. screw the panels down then put a good dollop of dicor on each screw head.
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I am new to the idea of solar for a camper, but would like to use something, in addition to a generator, to trickle charge the battery. Do all solar panels require permanent attachment to the roof?
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:05 AM   #6
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I am new to the idea of solar for a camper, but would like to use something, in addition to a generator, to trickle charge the battery. Do all solar panels require permanent attachment to the roof?
I use a 150 watt portable unit so I can track the sun.
Problem with them on roof is they are fixed and at best you only get 4-5 hrs good sun. not to mention holes in roof. I was told my 150 portable is probably better than 450 watt that is laying flat, as
I can angle right at sun. I can pull in about 12 amps per hour.
Do your research as there are lots of options. I would opt to stay away from Chinese stuff and look for something with the Bosch solar cells.
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Dennis, thanks for the information. There is a lot of details online, but I can get lost in the soup. My primary issue is not wanting those holes in the roof.
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Dennis, thanks for the information. There is a lot of details online, but I can get lost in the soup. My primary issue is not wanting those holes in the roof.
Exactly! More potential areas to leak. Don't need that!
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Punching holes in roof can lead to voiding your warrantee!
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And can lead to serious issues with my wife - grin. We have had water issues with the last trailer. I am rather paranoid about it now.
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