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Old 05-23-2016, 12:44 PM   #15
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Thanks guys looks like we are going to get her done.
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I would suggest not using 5200. It is meant as a permanent bond and if you have a panel go bad it will be awful to get it back up. We have semi flex panels on our boat and like them, but on the rv I went with rigid since they are cheaper and you probably have plenty of good flat real estate on top. Renogy makes a nice z bracket for mounting. Personally I bedded our brackets with buytl tape letting the screws handle the clamping. Fiberglass roof.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:53 PM   #17
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I would suggest not using 5200. It is meant as a permanent bond and if you have a panel go bad it will be awful to get it back up. We have semi flex panels on our boat and like them, but on the rv I went with rigid since they are cheaper and you probably have plenty of good flat real estate on top. Renogy makes a nice z bracket for mounting. Personally I bedded our brackets with buytl tape letting the screws handle the clamping. Fiberglass roof.
I used brackets to tilt the panels. Not a problem if I have to remove a panel.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:58 PM   #18
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Can you just splice into the existing wires from one solar panel to your additional panel and will the monitoring equipment handle the additional solar panel (s).
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Can you just splice into the existing wires from one solar panel to your additional panel and will the monitoring equipment handle the additional solar panel (s).
You can use MC4 connectors to put multiple panels in place but also important is the size of the wire, the length of the run and the type of controller you are using. There is usually more to it other than simply splicing in another panel.
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I installed 4 new 100 watt panels and the install was simple. I purchased the panels and all install items from AM Solar. They sell the panels in kit form or just the panel. They have an aluminum bracket that is made to fit their panels. I recommend them.
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No regrets at all, only wish we had done it sooner. 1040 watts of solar, and as said, very happy.
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Here's a video on one way to mount the panels. In our 'circle' of RVers, all use brackets. No one has glued them directly on the roof.

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Solar panels on roof

Since photo voltaic cells become less efficient as temperature rises, the panels are mounted with a cooling air gap underneath. Is there a difference in the design of the flexible cells to account for this as they are mounted directly to the surface? One salesman explained how they reflect more heat, but the way he described it sounded too much like PFM technology. Which are more efficient per square inch? Which have longer life expectancy?
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3M 4200 is just as durable but can be removed. 5200 will rip a hole in the fiberglass before it lets go.
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