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Old 02-24-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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Solar Panels and snow

Thinking about putting a couple of solar panels up on the roof... anyone have any experience living with solar and winter storage? Does it it support the weight of snow? TIA
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Good question. You could use plywood to put a cover on them. I would imagine they would stand up to the weight though if they are similar to the house panels.
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Yes, the rigid solar panels by Kyocera will stand up to a snow load on an R/V. They are probably stronger than the R/V roof. But do NOT get the flexible panels. They don't last as long. And if you feel comfortable climbing to the roof you could even consider a mounting system that would allow you to tilt the solar panel to a more favorable angle to the sun. You'd have to bring them flat and fasten them well when getting ready to travel.
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Thanks for the feedback... now, lets say there is a foot of snow; what about all that weight concentrated on the foot brackets. Some say, the density of snow can weigh up to 15lbs-35lbs per cubic feet. Thats alot of weight on a 2"x3" foot bracket... no?
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Thanks for the feedback... now, lets say there is a foot of snow; what about all that weight concentrated on the foot brackets. Some say, the density of snow can weigh up to 15lbs-35lbs per cubic feet. Thats alot of weight on a 2"x3" foot bracket... no?
Suggest to install additional brackets in this case to spread the load more.
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I have plenty of experience with solar in Michigan winters. They are useless! ....If you are talking a 10-30 watt panel for battery maintenance. First off, in northern latitudes, a 30W panel will barely keep your batts charged in summer. Add below freezing temps and snow on the panel, forget it. If this is your situation, pull the batts and keep on a trickle charger.

The best thing you can do for your batts in cold weather is keep them plugged into shore power with a 3-4 stage charger. If you can't do that, pull them and keep on a charger at home.

As far as snow weight on a panel, I wouldn't give it a second thought if you are comfortable going 70 mph down the road. It's unimaginable to me that 6" of snow would have any negligable affect on a panel properly installed.
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I don't think you have to worry about the snow load. I've had over a foot of snow on mine. There would probably be snow under the panels also, so it wouldn't be only the brackets supporting the load. Never hurts to move the snow off the roof of the RV when you get a chance.
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Call the good people at AM Solar. They have been in the business for over 25 years, are located on Oregon (snows there) and will gladly answer your questions. Welcome to AM Solar_Your RV Solar Specialists since 1987
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Thank You guys/gals.... sounds like a no issue then.
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