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Old 07-10-2021, 12:55 PM   #1
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Mounting Zamp panels

ZAMP just delivered 2 of the 170-B Legacy panels to my door! Waiting for the mounting brackets to get here. My question to those who have mounted the same panels on their trailers, is there a template as to where to mount those brackets? Would I drill into the wooden athwartships frames? Or do I want to avoid those for some reason? 2018/19 25RDS. Thanks in advance.
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The plywood roof structure is thick enough so that you can mount the panels just about anywhere. Not aware of any sort of template.
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I didn't use Zamp and made my own angle clips out of aluminum angle. I probably went overkill but I used three 5/16" x 1" lags in each roof clip. I put buutyl tape down 1st then applied self leveling over the whole clip. Been on there for 3 seasons and up to 80 mph. No leaks and rock solid.
I only hit the trusses a couple times. The rest are just in the 3/8" roof decking.

If I were using the Zamp clips I'd just attach the clips to the panels and set the panels on the roof then screw the base clip down.

If you're roof screws aren't overly long there's nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-10-2021, 01:44 PM   #4
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ORV uses #8 1 inch screws into the plywood at the factory.
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Thanks fellas. Good info. Butyl tape or Dicor?
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ZAMP just delivered 2 of the 170-B Legacy panels to my door! Waiting for the mounting brackets to get here. My question to those who have mounted the same panels on their trailers, is there a template as to where to mount those brackets? Would I drill into the wooden athwartships frames? Or do I want to avoid those for some reason? 2018/19 25RDS. Thanks in advance.
Be aware that your roof is arched. You may need to make adjustments. Have some shims on hand.
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Thanks fellas. Good info. Butyl tape or Dicor?
I used the non-leveling Dicor under the brackets. I think it has a better "squish" ability for perfect sealing than Butyl(putty) tape. And after 4 years I've found that if you want to remove the bracket, they come up pretty easy as the Dicor doesn't seem to dry under the bracket.
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[QUOTE=Teakmtn;5826192]ZAMP just delivered 2 of the 170-B Legacy panels to my door! Waiting for the mounting brackets to get here.

FYI. I just received a Zamp panel yesterday and found the mounting brackets taped to the back of the panel.
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When I installed 2-170 watt panels I had to tweak the supplied brackets with a couple of crescent wrenches to fit the curve and clamp to the panel perfectly. Then attached all brackets to the panel then placed the panel exactly in place and marked the bracket holes. Drill holes (choose bit size carefully) and apply butyl putty or similar before placing the panel over the holes. Tighten screws carefully then apply Dicor after cleaning surfaces. I also used some nylon cable straps to secure the wiring to the 3 way input. Dicor over the screws. After 3 years still perfect.
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I just put two (not Zamp) panels on my 24KRS. No issues with the curvature of the roof. The manufacturer supplied #8 self-drilling screws, and those that did not engage roof framing stripped right out. I replaced each of the stripped ones with #12 round-head wood screws.

The self-drilling screws are actually sheet metal screws, and the thread configuration is not suitable for plywood.
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I just put two (not Zamp) panels on my 24KRS. No issues with the curvature of the roof. The manufacturer supplied #8 self-drilling screws, and those that did not engage roof framing stripped right out. I replaced each of the stripped ones with #12 round-head wood screws.

The self-drilling screws are actually sheet metal screws, and the thread configuration is not suitable for plywood.
I agree that coarser thread screws are a must in softer materials like wood unless screwing into material thicker than plywood. Larger screws will have coarser thread. Also make sure that the screw is fully or mostly threaded. I installed my non Zamp panels almost two years ago and do not know what screws I used but not the the ones that came with the mounting brackets.
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