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Old 03-27-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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Installing a solar panel

We have a Montana 5th wheel with a rubber roof, & are about to install a solar panel. What is the best way to secure the panel, & seal the holes that I will have to drill. I plan on running the wire next to, or down through a grey water vent pipe. Any other ideas. Did the job years ago on a truck camper with an aluminum roof, but the rubber spooks me.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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You will want to use "dicor Lap Sealant, 501 LSW" for any holes you put in the rubber roof.
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Another easy way to run wires is down through the fridge vent
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Ran the wires down through the Fridge vent on my last M/H, but this time the Fridge in in one of the slides...no vent, but thanks for the reply.
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Solar Panel roof mounting????

I have a Keystone Cougar 5th wheel (244) and I've posted the same question on the Travel Trailer forum. I have looked into this a little, I think for one thing you would want to attach (screw) into the framing of the roof (aluminum in my case). How you find the framing... I don't know yet. Dicor from what I've heard/read may be the best manufacture of products for rubber Roofs (EPDM) they have a number of products for sealing and repairing the EDPM roofs. Their products can be ordered from the web or many RV supply houses carry them. I do agree the rubber roof has me spooked also.

I intend on mounting my panels flat, I live in Arizona so no lack of sunshine here. I went with the Harbor Freight 45 watt package, 3 panels and a charge controller. I plan to mount the charge controller with the batteries and an inverter up front at the landing gear.

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Someone correct if I remembered this wrong, but isn't dangerous to put the charge controller in the same compartment as the batteries? Hydrogen gas produced by the batts can cause a fire when electronics share the space.
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Kech,

I bought a 276 watt system from Green Solutions (thru Amazon.com) that is a self adhesive flexible mat. Just peel and stick. No screws, no holes.
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I bought a 276 watt system from Green Solutions (thru Amazon.com) that is a self adhesive flexible mat. Just peel and stick. No screws, no holes.
Where are your control relay's located? In the battery box. The box is vented therefore no problem.
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Found this elsewhere on the Web while digging up info for my project , Hope it helps.

Rubber Roofs (roofs with a thin layer of elastic rubber sheeting) almost always have plywood underneath the entire roof. If you are lucky enough to have this type of roof, you can install your solar panels almost anywhere on the roof since you have a solid base to screw the solar panel mounts into. The only thing you really need to be careful of is making sure that you are not trying to screw into the plywood where a seam between two plywood panels exists.</SPAN>

Don't forget the Dicor to seal up the holes.
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