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Old 02-12-2024, 12:17 PM   #1
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For those of you who have solar panels on top of your skoolie and often drive on dirt/gravel roads, do you ever have problems with panels cracking?

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Old 02-12-2024, 02:07 PM   #2
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Iíve got 6 260 watt panels mounted to the top of our
40í Bluebird for about 5 years now no cracking as of yet.
Been on a lot of forest roads up in BC and the highways in Louisiana still rolliní. Here is a picture of the mounting.
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Old 02-12-2024, 09:01 PM   #3
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I don't drive on dirt roads with mine but I do run on New Mexico paved roads and to be honest I have driven on dirt roads that are smoother. No cracking yet. Been up there about 7 years now. Had some nickle size hail more than a few times too.
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Old 02-12-2024, 09:10 PM   #4
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I think any issues with cracking w(while driving) are largely going to be related to the mounting and how much flex might be in the panels once mounted....secondary, perhaps, the quality of the panels.

I have about 3000 miles on my my bus since installing, some on gravel roads, some on rough paved roads in eastern CO, and no issues either...
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Old 02-12-2024, 09:55 PM   #5
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Shocks for the bus may help too. It needs to absorb the bulk of the shockwaves as it travels over stuff. Every little bit counts.
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