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  • hammer55 Mark & Annette
    hammer55 Mark & AnnetteBoondockers:
    December 18, 2019got a question on solar panels, has anyone used the bendable panels that self adhere to the roof so as not to have drill the roof
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    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      Ray & Ann December 18, 2019 I read a story somewhere where he used double sided eternal bond tape to hold down 2"x2" aluminum angles with the hard panels mounted to them. No screws in roof! He ran the cable down the refrigerator vent so no holes either.
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      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        BB&LAB December 18, 2019 Not Eternabond tape it has to be VHB (very high bond) and can only be used on fiberglass or metal roofs. Done properly it works well. One should never tape solar panels to a rubber roof as the rubber will tear away from the wood.
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      Beans and I on the Loose December 18, 2019 I used 3M VHB (very high bond) tape on the aluminum angle mounts.  Only 4x1 inch strips at the ends.  Nearly four years later the three panels are still as secure as they day I mounted them. Been in some sweat-in-the-armpits high winds too. No s...  more
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      Stuart & Patti December 18, 2019 My experience is that they won't last as long as glass panels and output is not as good
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      David & Ninette Tigner December 18, 2019 I looked at using that approach and then found out that they don’t produce much in the winter because they are flat on the roof. Great in the summer when the sun is directly overhead. In the winter the sun is so low in the south you need to raise your pan...  more
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      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        Cinn December 18, 2019 Over two years full-time boondocking with solar, (non-flexible) panels flat on roof, have never need to tilt them. 600 watts and (4) AGM 6-volt batteries. Never run out of power. I could gain more with tilt, but maybe couldn't store it all.  :)
      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        David & Ninette Tigner December 18, 2019 True comments Cinn. You would get more but depending on how much you have you may not need it. I’m ok in the winter with not tilting and have tons extra in the summer.
      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        Beans and I on the Loose December 18, 2019 They say “You can never have too much solar”. I have too much solar...for my needs. Thus I can leave them flat on the roof even in the winter. My two six volt Trojans always are fully charged. No TV, no heater motor, lights are all LED. Laptop is the bi...  more
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      RvLouie December 18, 2019 They are ok as long as you elevate them to have air circulate ...if not they tend to over heat and fail..
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      JLF December 18, 2019 I have four 100 watt flexible panels.  I bought them because of light weight.  I can easily carry one between thumb and index finger.  I haven't yet followed through on the project I bought them for.  In the mean time I put two in a fr...  more
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      Don & Bonnie December 18, 2019 I have a 250 watt one that I use on a portable stand that I take apart for transport. It does work fine like that. I also have 640 watts of panels on the roof. I have seen how the flexible panels are mounted and it looks ok. Only drawback I see is wheth...  more
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      Gary & Susan December 18, 2019 We personally have not used them BUT if you look on You Tube for "I'm Not Lost I'm RVng" you will find several videos about their experience with them.....returned for refund after much discussion with solar vendor, not a + product.  To each their own!
    • hammer55 Mark & Annette
      pymmint December 19, 2019 I’ve heard they will get HOT because of no air flow underneath; I have 510 watts & 6 6v deep cycle batteries, but after sitting in the sun all day, getting the batteries charged to “100%”, I turn on the tv/dvr at sun down, in NO TIME, with barely anything...  more
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      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        David & Ninette Tigner December 19, 2019 Wow, that sounds like they really are not getting a full charge. What type of batteries do you have? I use lead-acid trojan batteries which have a total ah of 720 but with them, you can only use half so that is 310.  My solar is 1200 watts and we run...  more
      • hammer55 Mark & Annette
        pymmint December 19, 2019 Ive noticed bulk & absorb, then multi-stage, don’t think I’ve seen float unless that’s what the multi-stage is,  which is when I shut the generator off; last night I ran the generator from about 2230 till 0400 this morning, it’s quite “loud” but afte...  more
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