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Old 09-21-2022, 09:50 AM   #1
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Flexible solar panel mount

I am considering mounting a 175 watt flexible solar panel to the roof of our 15 foot Jayflight. To avoid drilling holes in the roof, I am going to use some double backed tape with Endura tape around the edges.

Will this cause problems with the rubber roof?
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I'm assuming that the installation you describe will not be removable? I personally would never attach anything directly to the rubber roof unless it was made specifically for that kind of installation. I've actually had problems with my rubber roof that needed professional repair, and it would not have been possible if anything was directly attached to the roof.
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Old 09-21-2022, 06:48 PM   #3
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RV with Tito had several versions of flexible, no drill, mounting on YouTube.
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Thanks. That is why I've posted the question. This is all new to me.
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Just so you know, the flexible panels don't last as the rigid ones and you may need to remove / replace it in a few years.

"Standard solar panels are built to last, which is why installers often guarantee them for 20 to 25 years. Flexible panels are less durable, with warranties of 1 to 5 years."
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I am not familiar with Endura tape. I would use Eternabond. Sticks very well, and has no negative side affects to the roof. You do need a heat gun to remove it. Also, do NOT stretch it when applied or it will self release.

How are you going to get the cables down into the TT?
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The trailer is already wired for solar panel installation. However, I'm trying to keep the trailer weight and wind resistance down as the fuel consumption has been higher than expected. I'm guessing the wind resistance is playing a large role as higher speeds have resulted in more fuel used per kilometre (mile).

The flexible panels are lighter and have less wind resistance but it is looking like a bad idea. I'm going to go with the suitcase panels instead. Those can be carried in the vehicle.
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I had a dealer use the incorrect cement on flexible panels and ruined the roof on my truck camper. Have Renogy 200 watt suitcase and quite happy.
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The trailer is already wired for solar panel installation. However, I'm trying to keep the trailer weight and wind resistance down as the fuel consumption has been higher than expected. I'm guessing the wind resistance is playing a large role as higher speeds have resulted in more fuel used per kilometre (mile).

The flexible panels are lighter and have less wind resistance but it is looking like a bad idea. I'm going to go with the suitcase panels instead. Those can be carried in the vehicle.

IMHO, that would be a good choice. With shade, sun angle and parking limitations you'll probably get more power with a portable setup than having a fixed panel.
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The suitcase / mobile panel is a great option. How often do you park in the shade? The flexibility of a suitcase / mobile panel allows you to chase the sun depending on conditions. No holes in the roof, no questions about roof damage.
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WRT getting cables from the roof….just throwing this out there.

I haven’t tried it but the camper next to me at the storage lot has aftermarket solar on the roof and he ran the cables into the vent above the fridge which (at least on mine) is a wide open space all the way down to the floor. In my case the electrical panel is even right under the fridge so it would be a pretty easy install with lots of room for a charge controller etc.
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Thanks for that. The trailer is wired for solar. There are connections on the roof, wire is already in place to a point where the controller could be installed. After considering weight,wind resistance, and possible damage to the trailer, I have purchased the portable solar panels. They arrived 2 days ago so I haven't tried them out yet. However, I'm pleased with the design and construction of the kit. The kit is from Kedron Solar. It is 100w. I'll order another if we need more power.
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I have had two 160 watt flexible Renogy panels on my roof for three years. I used the construction grade sealer they recommended and have traveled all the way from northeastern PA to Fairbanks, AK and other parts of the US with no issues. Sorry I don’t remember the name but I’m sure they can tell you.
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