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Old 02-11-2019, 04:45 PM   #11
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Is there a preferred place for the solar panels. front, rear, middle. Pros/cons.
Not sure if that is your finished roof or your starting point but tank vents, air vents, roof A/C units, TV antennas (satellite or OTA), cellular antennas, and so forth can all play a factor for both available space and shading. You can't do a whole lot about shading other than keep the panels away from the tall items but then you may quickly run out of roof space. So... it's another case of compromise.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:53 PM   #12
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Here's my roof. 13.5' between the hatches. I have 10 rather large panels (65" x 39". I plan initially to only mount 6 panels (1470W). They are so wide they would be up to the fan at the back hatch. I don't at this point plan on a deck, but maybe in the future.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:23 PM   #13
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ha

WTF, I ain't using Kwik-Locs. I would need 24 of them. The ones in the link you posted are $91ea. or $2200 for 24 of them. Not happening.
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Okay, so these Dzus fasteners should do the job economically. Winghead makes releasing them a snap and they are positive hold at speed. I've personally tested these at 268mph. So I think this might be the way to go at about $2 per corner 24.
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WTF, I ain't using Kwik-Locs. I would need 24 of them. The ones in the link you posted are $91ea. or $2200 for 24 of them. Not happening.
The links I posted were more for image and spec reference as oppose to places to buy from... I should have clarified that better.
The problem with Aviation certified parts is they are tens times more expensive than the exact same part if bought elsewhere with out the aviation endorsement.

Amazon has almost all those fasteners....not sure if there is a Fastenal or Acklands near you but both should also be able to get you the items without coughing up a nut or arm.
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I’m thinking pins on opposite sides of the panels so the panels can be tilted either direction. The pins could do double function of holding down or hinging the panels. Did someone already mention this. There’s many ways to do it. I’ve used the 3/4” thick unistrut a few times for small panels and 1 1/2” unistrut for large panels. Unistrut makes a heavy duty hinge that could have large pins substituted for bolts that are the hinge. I bought mine from eBay.
That’s going to be nice. Are you painting the roof?
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Here's my roof. 13.5' between the hatches. I have 10 rather large panels (65" x 39". I plan initially to only mount 6 panels (1470W). They are so wide they would be up to the fan at the back hatch. I don't at this point plan on a deck, but maybe in the future.
Hi Marc, have you started this yet?
I am looking to do a similar thing with 4 of the larger type panels? I had initially planned to put them side by side 130" x 78" between the hatches, but because of my stove pipe, plan to put 2 in front and 2 behind the rear hatch.
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Hi Marc, have you started this yet?
I am looking to do a similar thing with 4 of the larger type panels? I had initially planned to put them side by side 130" x 78" between the hatches, but because of my stove pipe, plan to put 2 in front and 2 behind the rear hatch.
Haven't gotten that far yet. I'm trying for 6 with at least a foot or so between to access the forward roof. My stove pipe will be forward more.
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