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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:24 pm 
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I thought I would share my solar panel mounting, it was super easy and cheap as you don't have to buy any solar mounting equipment, so long as you have the luggage rails. I found a 170 watt solar panel that matched the exact dimensions of the aluminum rails, all I had to do was drill a hole through the rail and a matching hole in the solar frame. Some 2" bolts through the holes and it was done. Two solar panels fill the space perfectly, I plan on fishing the wires through the fridge vent, so no holes will be drilled in the motor home at all. The link to the solar panels are below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MN1QS7L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:52 am 
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I can't view your images. I suspect they are too large. Photos should be no more than 720 pixels wide.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:23 pm 
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I updated the pictures.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:11 am 
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Nice approach, but one issue is that you no longer have a pathway to the front of the roof. I attached a single panel running front to back on the passenger side of the roof rack using hose clamps. This leaves a pathway on the driver side. I have two more panels attached to the side of my coach.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:36 pm 
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Believe it or not but there is enough room to walk on either side of the panels to the front of the roof. I wouldn't say it's super safe, but the pathway is there. Where did you fish your wires through from the sides?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:31 pm 
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Recently at a RV park I talked to a owner of a fairly new Class C. He had traditional solar on the roof, those super thin panels on the side between and above the windows and 2 large thin panels on the OH Bed nose cone. Had a nice flat surface on the OH.
He said he also had portable solar panels. For a total of about 2000 watts.
He had 10ea 12 volt Lithium batteries. And had downsized the AC to run totally off the batteries/solar.
Not sure, but he may have been a full timer. Just him and his dog.
I have been on the road about 6 weeks now. Had not seen one Born Free, but keep looking. :lol:
I carry 3 "thin" portable solar panels with me, but so far have not used. Each one is 100 watts.
I carry them behind sofa bed, against the wall and below the large side window.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:29 pm 
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Pete1122 wrote:
Where did you fish your wires through from the sides?
I mounted a junction box that comes through the side just behind the microwave.

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This photo was taken before I mounted the panel on the roof. Those wires are also routed through this box.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:18 pm 
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Interesting, I never thought of creating an access hole on the side. It would simplify the install as I wouldn’t have to fish the wire under the RV. However I’m always hesitant to make new holes.

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