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Old 05-03-2022, 12:59 PM   #1
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Solar panel on Jeep roof and shading from rack.

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Looking to mount 100w of solar on roof of Wrangler roof connected to a 100ah lithium battery and fridge.

From these photos does it look like the roof bars would cause shade issues?

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I'm going to say no, only because there are no pictures. Is this for when you're parked or underway?
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Sorry about that.

Forgot to upload the photos.

Figured out a solution and will lost later.
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I was going to mount under my existing rack. Mounted over it.

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100w during the day when driving about to run black rock gear 12 volt fridge freezer from a 100ah lithium battery with internal heater (live up north) we have kayaks and don't want any chance of shahe from my Yakimas. Can also easily deploy 100w portable on the hood if required.

Recently bought s small class c which really has only roof space for 300w and to add lithium it's going to be major expense due electrical and house rework, so need a cheap energy upgrade and solution to power jeep fridge.

I have 4 Lifeline Agms that came out of my bus and only have space for 2 in this rig.

So 400w solar, 300w which is potable and can milk every last but if sun.

Battery us in box. 20 amp mppt charge controller.

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100w during the day when driving about
When driving about, your Jeep's alternator is capable of producing several thousand watts of DC power.

With all that power already available, why would you need a puny 100 watt solar panel?
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When driving about, your Jeep's alternator is capable of producing several thousand watts of DC power.



With all that power already available, why would you need a puny 100 watt solar panel?
Hi,

I understand that. Let me give some back story.

My new to me 2008 class c only really has room for about 300w of solar without moving vents. Bought a new inverter/charger and 500ah lithium, 500w solar etc and due to a poetential massive electrical and cabinet rework the whole lot went back and will tackle the job next year instead.

Now enter 2 of my 4 Lifeline Agms and 300w of portable Renogy solar.

I mounted 200w on my exo roof bars and yeh fit well. I kept one 100AH lithium battery (Chins with battery heater and Bms)
Will use this in camp and can potentially run the rv for me. The other 100w I have in the rv and can use it for rv or jeep.

I will run tye agms down to 20% so giving me 300ah total and 300w solar.

I can park the rv in tye shade and deploy the panels.

Battery is about 30lbs.



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