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Old 05-30-2015, 11:07 PM   #1
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Attaching solar panels to roof.

What is Fleetwood Bounder (1997) roof made of? What are methods of attaching solar panels to roof?
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I can't remember what the top membrane material is but under it is a wood deck and the framing structure. Be sure to clean the area before mounting. We mount solar panels with 1 1/2" #12 - #14 screws. The flanges of the panels should have a putty tape (usually butyl) applied and once secured to the roof covered with a seal leveling lap sealant such as Dicor brand.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:18 AM   #3
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I think your roof is made of EPDM rubber membrane.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:30 AM   #4
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I have a solar panel on mine but it is attached to one of my AC units. I would resist any and all temptations of creating an entry point for water. JMHO
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It's EPDM rubber membrane over luan plywood sybstrate. Probably wood cross members too. You should have no problem fastening things to the roof with screws, say #10 or #12 in a 1 or 1-1/4" length. Seal the screw holes and heads with a rubber roof lap sealant, e.g. Dicor EPDM lap sealant.
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Here is a couple of Solar installation sites. # 1 ---- # 2
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It's EPDM rubber membrane over luan plywood sybstrate. Probably wood cross members too. You should have no problem fastening things to the roof with screws, say #10 or #12 in a 1 or 1-1/4" length. Seal the screw holes and heads with a rubber roof lap sealant, e.g. Dicor EPDM lap sealant.
Very good post, but if I may add one small improvement suggestion, put the lap sealant under the solar panel feet before screwing it to the roof. I was an RV tech for almost 10 years and have done this without issue many times.
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Very good post, but if I may add one small improvement suggestion, put the lap sealant under the solar panel feet before screwing it to the roof. I was an RV tech for almost 10 years and have done this without issue many times.
My thoughts exactly but I used an adhesive sealant-not cheap stuff.
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Though I have a fiberglass roof, my aluminum rail method should work on a rubber roof:

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Hey V. I added solar on mine with a rubber roof and was told the sealant did most of the work. I used angled aluminum with silicone and screws. worked great!
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I just added solar to the roof of my 98 fleetwood jamboree. I ended up calling fleetwood and talked to them about the actual construction of the roof. Fleetwood was very helpful when I called about the way they secure everything to the roof and where the aluminum cross supports are located in the roof as well. If yours is like mine then you have a rubber membrane over the top of an 1/8 thick piece of wood/luan and then about 4 inches of Styrofoam. I had to use toggle bolts since 1/8 wood will not hold a bolt securely. I also used lots of dicor under and over everything. I just drove about 250 miles this weekend from Michigan to Ohio and back through all the heavy rain and some very strong winds. Happy to report everything is still in place and no signs of leaks.
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I mounted 3 Solar Panels to my 1998 Bounder. Sit panel where you want it and Mark outside of brackets. Drill a very small (1/16th) hole in hole area of bracket, move panel abut of the way. Use Dicor sealant and just a a little inside where bracket marks are, reset panels, use 3/4 stainless steel screws and use a screwdriver and manually screw down and don't over tighten and strip out , now cover complete bracket with sealant and screw head all over. If you put down too much sealant at first it squirts out and covers your marks. Mine have been up there over 10 years with zero leaks
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The roof supports for your roof are steel. You can find them with a good magnet. Try and position the solar panel mounts over the steel supports for the most secure mounting. You may want to span across the roof supports with aluminum angle. As already noted, caulk all the screws.

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VHB tape. Steel roof bus.
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