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Old 11-03-2010, 09:45 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Dick Noble View Post
I have one really large (210w) panel mounted on top the 5er. I used the largest brass door hinges I could find with rounded corners. One side of the hinge is screwed flat to the roof and very well sealed with Dicor sealant. The other side of the hinge is at a 90 degree angle and pinned to the panel (I also have bolts through the panel and the hinge to be safe while traveling). I am able to unpin the panel from two sides and tilt it into any one of four positions. I use two pieces of angle iron bolted to the panel and the remaining two hinges to keep the correct tilt. This system has withstood 70mph winds.
By any chance, do you have pictures of your hinges/setup, I am attempting to find a system that allows me the option of tilting my panels to ANY direction possible etc.
Most of the time, I don't have the option of facing south when boondocking (99.5% of the time) for the best panel function/power etc.

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Old 11-04-2010, 06:15 PM   #16
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Tia, Don - sorry I didn't take pictures and the PV panel is covered now.

I'll try to explain - I attached a hinge to each corner on the long side of the panel. I used one bolt throught the hinge into the frame of the panel for each hinge. I then attached each hinge to the roof of the 5er using brass wood screws. I set each hinge in a bed of Dicor self-leveling caulk and covered each screw with caulk also. Each hinge sets at a 90 degree angle to the outside of the panel. Look at it this way (draw a square as the panel)- lower right hand corner of the panel is (1); upper right hand corner is (2); upper left hand corner is (3); lower left hand corner is (4) - remove the bolts from (1) and (4) and you can tilt the panel towards (2) and (3). Using two pieces of alum. angle iron you can bolt the angle irons to each upper corner of the panel and the bottom of the angle irons to the hinges (1) and (4). By removing any two bolts that are oppose each other, you can tilt the panel towards the remaning bolted hinges. Two of the hinges will hinge and the panel will rotate on the other two as needed. Using this setup you can tilt the panel any one of four different ways. Remove (2) & (3) and you can tilt towards (1) & (4); remove bolts at (1) & (2) and you can tilt towards (3) & (4). Remove (4) & (3) and you can tilt towards (1) & (2). This help - or did I make it worse?

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Old 11-05-2010, 07:45 PM   #17
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Read my post here in boondocking: Solar That Really Works for all your answers. Yes, you should have at least 4 golf cart 6 volt batteries for your desired amount panel wattage.

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