Solar or not?

Discussion in 'A-Frame PopUps' started by Jan Cristo, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Econ

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    Let me clarify my question addressed to the poster of post 15. All input is welcome. An aluminum frame, roughly like the one in post #15, has been constructed and two 100 watt panels installed. They will fit cross wise across the roof. The intent is to have them removable so they can be set in the sun. The Key Question: Is how did he attach the solar panel frame to the roof extrusions so he can move his into the sun?

    We boondocked at 2 to 2500' for a week+ in Dec and Jan last year. Solar would be nice<GG>

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    I attached a 3$ digital Meter onto the pump switch.
     
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    Sorry for the late response! We just come back from a long traveling(over a month), which is without/or bad internet all the way mostly. We have two set of solar panel + controller + 2 AGM batteries on trailer and on truck. We put one 100W solar panel with a L type aluminum pole across first roof panel of the Aframe. We put only one on the trailer is because of consider the weigh to the lifting power limit.
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    Thanks for your response. My comment is if you are still receiving internet your not far enough from civilization when camping<GG>. Hope you enjoyed your venture.

    It appears your solar is permanently mounted. It is assumed that an "L" bracket is mounted to the side of the roof extrusion with the foot of the "L" on the top part of the extrusion. Are you using two or four of these mounts? What concerns me is that two solar panels at a right angle to the wind direction will act as a wing.

    There is a vertical bolt whose foot/head is out of the photo. Is that a bolt or a stud?

    The thought of drilling into the roof scares me a little.

    Thanks for your time and effort.
     
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    a machine bolt with nut - you may remove the L pole anytime and not hurt the roof panel
     
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    Sorry, Bolt, Screw & Stud are confusing me....
     
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    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    I'll guess your referring to a Carriage Bolt.... has a rounded head covering a square shoulder so it stays put when you un-screw the nut.
     
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    I assume the photo in post 23 is of the side of the roof extrusion. If it wouldn't be too inconvenient could you take one from the top showing the bolt assembly.

    What size and type of screw did you use on the side? They look like sheet metal screws. Did you use 4 mounting points?

    Thanks
     
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    OK, the pictures from top
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    one more
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    That second photo says it all.

    I assume those are 1/4 x 20 bolts with about #10 or 12 sheet metal screws in the side.

    Thanks. I now now what tomorrows project is if it doesn't rain.
     
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    @shuang2

    Thanks Shuang2 for the help. This was taken half way thru the installation. I'll take more after the monsoon stops.

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