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Old 09-29-2014, 07:45 AM   #211
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Cables would be on the inside side of the ramp. Pulleys top inside. And weights would move straight up & down.
Haven't done a set in your configuration but works great for flat bed trailers.
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HH, We used a few car haulers that had cables and torsion spring system kinda like a garage door setup. I didn't like the extra parts ect inside the TH.
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Not a problem. Was just a suggestion.
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No problem HH, I like suggestions, Keepem coming!!
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Moving the ramp up & down without some sort of mechanical assistance would get old real quick.
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We once had a cable break on a car hauler, it took 4 guys to pick up the ramp, yep it would be old real quick. LOL. I started to put on the weather strip trim, I was able to straighten and clean the old trim, reseal with butyl tape and install.
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i havent commented on ur build lately, but still been watching every day before i go to bed and while im having my coffee in the morning,,,roof looks great and im happy for u not haveing to tarp it up everytime weather threat,s of rain,,and now u can throw in a heater for those chilly morning,s..lol
i have all but finished my rv garage and work shed and the DW and i have finished our build of the 68 aritocrat land commandor,, plus today i took off to get my old 94 wrangler ridge runners clutch in and the 8,8 rearend in,,....now i can pull thge old TAG ALONG in the new work shed and start stripping it down for a total rebuild..

HH has had alot of good info, and i didnt want to interupt him and GORDAN they have been very helpfull on your build..
just wanted to let ya know im still in envy of your project...keep posting...im learning alot from this thread,,,the DW and i are new at redoing rv,s even though we have ALOT of excperence in rebuilding old mobile homes,,,we had way to many mobile homes that we built a very nice park with....not ur everyday trailor trash park..
but thank god we just sold the biggest part of them and the park,,,which was more known as a neighbor hood than a trailor park...lol
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Good Morning Bap, I'm glad you got your garage done weather down there will be moving in. I built alot of jeeps back in the day, swapping in small block chevy engines ect. used to sand drag and mud bog. The Toy Hauler project slowed down a little with the roof getting done, now doing some little details, I'll get some pics up.
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Not sure what size solar panels you thought to use but as a reference a 100watt panel is going to run about 18lbs plus weight of frame.

As a reference, I have six panels which are a mix of 80 & 90 watt panels for a total of 520watts. My panels are adjustable for where the sun is during the year. Best I have gotten is just shy of 27amps. That might give you an idea of what size controller you will need.
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HuntingHawk, I remember seeing some panels that are very flexable, and if I remember correctly they glued them directly to the roof, can't recall the price or how many watts ect. How did you fasten to the roof?
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Keep in mind mine are on a storm shelter. South side the panel frames are hinged & bolted threw the roof. North side I use 2X4s that are screwed together as "steps" which allows me to adjust for the needed 15-45 degrees I need here.

The flexible solar strips are expensive & very low output. Helped a neighbor put some on their 36VDC golf cart which they use to go check their mail 2 or 3 times per week which is about a mile round trip.

For flat mounting of panels, L brackets are attached to the solar panel frames spaced that they will attach to roof framing. L brackets are pop riveted or tig welded to the panel frames, 4 per panel. pilot hole threw roof & into framing. Silicone on the roof side of the L brackets & then silicone on the threads of the sheet metal screws.
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For less then the cost of a 9watt flex panel you can purchase a 120watt panel.

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The power cords are normally run down threw the wall where there is already an exhaust like for frig, water heater, etc.

The power cords on the roof are often run threw these & attached to the roof via glue & screw.
Search Results forÂ*Over-the- floor cord protectorsÂ*at The Home Depot
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Thanks for the info HuntingHawk, Here's a pic of starting to put the weatherstrip on the nose ect. interesting that it bends so easy without kinking. Also a picture of my "crew" coming to work. Trouble is all they want to do is eat LOL.
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