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Old 01-13-2018, 08:43 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Installing Solar on TS-2675

We had a break in the weather yesterday and I went up onto my scaffolding to look close at the roof for the first time. It's in good shape considering and I scrubbed with brush using Dove and hot water.

I installed Solar Panels on my converted Class B that I built and used well nuts but it does not seem like that's going to work in this case. Should I make a framework attached to the rafters? I am not thrilled at what I saw!

Has anyone done this and could offer advice?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-13-2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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Hi Preston,

See this post. Look for EMAN's posts with pics. He mounted solar on the roof of his T2499

I will say this knowing how the Sunline roofs are made, you have to mount to the rafters unless you have the walk on roof option. I thought on your Transport there is a rear area walk on roof. But I am not sure if it goes across the entire roof area.

Assuming it stops at the end of the luggage rail, then the rest of the roof is most likely the Sunline budboard roof layed over the rafters. This link will take you to pics of the Sunline roof rafter system. This is a repair post but it has a lot of pics on how the camper is made.

If you need more info on the roof structure, let me know. I have a T1950 all apart still and I can take pics or measurements off it still. While a different floor plan, the Sunline method goes across about all the campers since the rubber roofs came.

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How much solar do you need? What do expect to run?
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:45 PM   #4
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Have you considered a portable "installation"?
No holes in your roof
Easy to uninstall if you change rigs
Much easier to clean
Park in shade, deploy panels in sun
Best advantage by far - ability to re-aim panels as often as desired as sun moves across the sky.

storage required while traveling-make a hardshelled, foam lined case for 2 hinged panels
security issue when boondocking alone- cable secured to frame discouages thieves or move panels inside when gone from camp
potential for damage from high winds - collapse legs & lay panels flat

Regardless of which way you go you're gonna love going solar

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Old 01-14-2018, 03:50 PM   #5
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Thus my question I made a aluminum mount for my 100 watt panel it is portable lays flat when not in use I carry it on the bed when in transit. It elevates I can turn it any direction when I am away the frame work is padlocked to the safety chains. I use 50 amp Anderson power poles to connect any thing DC powered there is one on the batteries (and one on the other end of the camper) I plug the panel into, there is one on the truck, bead battery no problem plug the panel into the truck, dead camper battery plug the camper into the truck charge the camper batteries. If you reduce your DC loads toss any thing that looks like a light bulb replace with leds don't try to build a system to run a micro wave do every thing you can to reduce loads then you can go indefinitely with a 100 watt portable panel. Do get me wrong I run a Fantastic fan on low I watch a little TV with an inverter I run the water pump I enjoy my music,talk to the world on my ham radios it can be done. Campers,motor homes it does not matter they all leak don't make it worse. I really am adverse to poking holes in a portable house that is heading some where to leak.
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Solar panels is on my wish list for later on down the road. I was considering portable so that no new holes would be needed. One of the reasons I decided against adding the light on the front of the camper. I have seen first hand on the damage leaks can do. I don't want to take the chance of anymore leaks. Not saying that it won't happen anyway but I don't want to increase the odds. It also sounds like portable is easier to adjust. Securing them would be my main concern.

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I put two panels on my t-1950. Best thing I’ve done for how we camp - lot of boondocking. I love it and so do my batteries, since they actually get charged.

I lagged the panels to the rafters, the layout worked fairly well naturally, so I didn’t have to do anything special with the framing. If you haven’t read handybob, I would suggest it as a primary resource. Lot of resources included and he was spot on as far as perspectives.

We do not have an inverter - no interest.


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