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Old 10-26-2015, 01:59 PM   #15
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Thanx very much for reports back on this tape. It really appears to be amazing stuff.

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Old 10-30-2015, 11:25 AM   #16
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Remember that solar panels should be installed with an air gap below them due to the excessive heat they collect on a sunny day. The hotter the panel gets the less effective it is. It's one thing to attached the brackets to the roof with tape, but not a good idea to secure the panel directly to the roof.

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I just do not trust tape to last a lifetime. I too used the tape but put one screw through each mount and used dicor to cover. This takes the shear force out of the equation so I have a much better sense of security. I have used the 3m stuff for years and have had it fail. Just not worth it when going down the road at 65mph.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:36 AM   #18
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Remember that solar panels should be installed with an air gap below them due to the excessive heat they collect on a sunny day. The hotter the panel gets the less effective it is. It's one thing to attached the brackets to the roof with tape, but not a good idea to secure the panel directly to the roof.

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Old 10-30-2015, 11:45 AM   #19
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Can you remove the tape/brackets if needed? For instance the panel becomes outdated, broken or you just want to move them to a new rig?
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Can you remove the tape/brackets if needed? For instance the panel becomes outdated, broken or you just want to move them to a new rig?
Yes, with some work. Soaking the tape with alcohol and putting pressure on it will eventually break it loose but it is something I do not want to do. My panels are held on with 6 brackets each and 1 inch wide piece of tape per bracket, they are not ever going to move. This tape is also water proof so I felt no need to put any dicor over any of them.
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I'm going to install a 7 watt trickle charger solar panel on my roof using VHB tape. However, I still have to figure out how to get the wire from the solar panel either down to my RV battery or first to my control panel where I will install an indicator, then to the battery. I was hoping to fish the wire through the air conditioner. However, I may end up drilling a hole in my rubber roof.
My 10W solar panel is mounted beside the refrigerator chimney vent, and the wire runs down the chimney, then through the floor to the battery compartment.
FWIW, the 10W panel does not supply enough watts to keep the battery bank (5-12V batteries) fully-charged. I have plans to replace it with a larger panel.
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