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Old 10-25-2017, 01:02 AM   #1
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solar panels as a fold out awning

has anyone ever thought about installing 2 wide and 4 long solar panels as a swing up awning , fold down and latch in secure when traveling , when boon docking flat out for mid summer , more tilt for late season, just trying to have different ideas that do not penetrate the roof. Thinking some sort of long hinge just above the windows, possibly could also benefit in some shade for the windows?
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:12 AM   #2
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I've sure thought about it. however i won't need that many panels to run my electrics.
it wouild be cool to see some panels hanging from the side of the bus that you tip up as a shelter, when parked. or a big array on the roof top that unfolded.

then i remember that i'm only going to need 600 watts or so. its going to have to be someone else that does it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:31 AM   #3
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I think its a cool idea if you can protect them against road debris when driving..

and how well do solar panels do if being moved all the time? are they fragile? im guessing they are pretty durable since they get mounted on top of people;s homes where it sleets, rains, winds, hails, etc//
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:34 AM   #4
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I was considering a similar idea - have them mounted on swing up arms on my roof top deck. So when driving, they'd be flat on the deck (still pulling in a charge while driving) and when parked, you could raise them up to be a roof over the deck. I was thinking of having them swing up individually, due to weight concerns. I think the main drawback is the extra wiring length that would result from this. Would need to get larger gauge wiring to compensate for it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:26 PM   #6
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Talking i see the idea is possible

Thanks for the pictures guys, this is great I am in thought process overload getting my plan together.
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