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Old 11-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #51
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Great looking job the the installation of the solar panels........ Did you get more than one or is that the way it tis....???
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:45 AM   #52
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Great looking job the the installation of the solar panels........ Did you get more than one or is that the way it tis....???
The "kit" came with three 15 watt solar panels that mount on the frame that also came on the kit.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:29 AM   #53
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good looking solar setup, I m still on the fence about installing one, any way your tv antenna, is it a indoor or outdoor? I looked at some on line , and wondered if they would work in the bus, im glad you got it and it works, im going to have to get on for our bus, we have a tailgater sat system works good, but if your camped out at a wallmart or somewhere like that a antenna would be handy.Im adding that on my list thank you for showing it.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:49 AM   #54
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good looking solar setup, I m still on the fence about installing one, any way your tv antenna, is it a indoor or outdoor? I looked at some on line , and wondered if they would work in the bus, im glad you got it and it works, im going to have to get on for our bus, we have a tailgater sat system works good, but if your camped out at a wallmart or somewhere like that a antenna would be handy.Im adding that on my list thank you for showing it.

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It is actually an indoor antenna, however I velcroed it to the top of the bus and bring it inside when traveling. I am considering sealing it with silicone to waterproof it and permanently mounting it to the top of the bus but haven't got that far yet. There only appears to be a seam on the side of the antenna so it wouldn't be difficult to seal it. If I do that and get into rain or other weather I will let you know how it turns out.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #55
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Very cool, can't go wrong with that investment, free electrons for a little piece of mind Install looks professional and clean.
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The solar panel looks great and I was looking into that and this one would be in my price range. Hope you keep us informed how well it works. All I really need power for is my laptop and sewing machine and some lights.

My question is, I imagine that you had to screw the frame onto the roof. What did you use and how did you seal it for leaking at those points?

Nice to read your on-the-road comments.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #57
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The solar panel looks great and I was looking into that and this one would be in my price range. Hope you keep us informed how well it works. All I really need power for is my laptop and sewing machine and some lights.

My question is, I imagine that you had to screw the frame onto the roof. What did you use and how did you seal it for leaking at those points?

Nice to read your on-the-road comments.
The mounting of the solar panels is not what I originally had in mind. From the pic below you can see that there is 4 "T" unions (for lack of better terms). This kit came with the frame and two pvc legs to set the panel on a say 30-45 degree angle toward the sun. Because I was mounting it on top of the bus I was going to cut the legs and use them to connect to 4 steel flanges that 1" pvc would thread into (pipe thread) and then use sheet metal screws to secure it to the top of the bus. After going to Home Depot (only home improvement store in the city I was currently in) the flanges that I wanted to use were $7.00 each so I would have had pretty close to $40 in mounting hardware. So I thought there had to be another way. I found these tie downs that cost less then $10 for two packs of 4. I used sheet metal screws and silicone to secure them to the bus and then used two heavy zip ties on each of the 8 tie downs to secure it to the roof. It is really solid. I drove about 200 miles yesterday and rechecked everything and nothing moved or loosened up. Here is a pick of one side of the solar panel so you can see what I am referring to. In all I have about $15 in mounting hardware rather than the $40 it would have cost with my original plan and I think it is just as effective.

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Be careful with zipties,the uv rays can kill them fairly quick if they are cheap ones,wind under front lip can put a lot of pressure on them,some pvc pipe is also not uv safe.
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Be careful with zipties,the uv rays can kill them fairly quick if they are cheap ones,wind under front lip can put a lot of pressure on them,some pvc pipe is also not uv safe.
Thanks for that info. I will be keeping a close eye on them. I would assume (you know what they say about assuming) that the PVC in this kit would be uv safe considering it came with the solar panels. I may end up getting some metal straps or something in the future to secure them but zip ties will have to do for now.

Today is the first day the solar panels have been put to the test on my bus. I woke up this morning to a battery voltage of 11.6. We watched a movie last night on our 19" flat screen tv and ran some lights as well as our nearly full sized fridge running overnight. I have been up for about 2.5 hours, made coffee in the coffee pot which takes quite a bit of juice and the battery voltage is up to 12 volts. I am pretty happy with it thus far.
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Thanks for that info. I will be keeping a close eye on them. I would assume (you know what they say about assuming) that the PVC in this kit would be uv safe considering it came with the solar panels. I may end up getting some metal straps or something in the future to secure them but zip ties will have to do for now.

Today is the first day the solar panels have been put to the test on my bus. I woke up this morning to a battery voltage of 11.6. We watched a movie last night on our 19" flat screen tv and ran some lights as well as our nearly full sized fridge running overnight. I have been up for about 2.5 hours, made coffee in the coffee pot which takes quite a bit of juice and the battery voltage is up to 12 volts. I am pretty happy with it thus far.
You would think they made it to last in the sun, but for how long who would know. I like the idea of how you did it though. And some screw down hose clamps might work. A full kit for the pan system I'm finding online is like $2000. Any funny how people don't 'install' on a bus. It sounds so nice though to be able to run things in the bus. You charging 2 marine batteries or ?
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