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  • Cinn
    Cinn Solar and Alternative Energy for RV's:
    April 28What are your thoughts and experiences with tilting rooftop solar panels? Is the extra gain worth the extra hardware expense and hassle? (especially if the tilting has to be done manually)
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    • Cinn
      LarryA April 28 No, not worth the effort. Install an additional panel or two. 
    • Cinn
      The Olson's April 28 Mine are tiltable.  If I'm boondocking in the winter months, for any length of time, I'll tilt them.  I can see as much as a 100 watt gain (I have a 500 watt system)  
    • Cinn
      Seann (the Canadian) April 28 I tilt mine in the winter. Not worthwhile in the summer. I shake my head in disgust when I see how badly people are getting ripped off on manual tilter assemblies. Really the only extra thing you need is a couple of aluminum bars to hold the paddles up. ...  more
    • Cinn
      Tom & Barb April 28 If you can afford 650W of solar panels, or higher, the option for tilting isn't worth it IMO. A pair of 100Ah Lithium batteries can recharge to full in a day most any time, including winter, except during rain when tilting doesn't help much anyway. Clim...  more
    • Cinn
      MRJohnston April 28 Half of my panels are tilt able, just because when I added the last r panels I was up there anyway and I did the work myself, so the cost was not exorbitant.   The ladder and roof doesn’t bother me so that is a non factor, and since I’m not going up durin...  more
    • Cinn
      John T April 28 You ask for thoughts, so here are here a few of this engineer and solar user..  YES you can increase energy harvest if panels are better aimed/tilted towards the sun DUH you already knew that...... The increase depends on panel effici...  more
    • Cinn
      Dale & Debby April 28 I think the less we mess with the roof the better. Mount them and forget them.  The rain will clean them 
    • Cinn
      Bob and Lana April 28 It is also a question of time you will be in one location to make the effort worth it. And as always, depends on how much energy you use/need.
    • Cinn
      Dwight Thomas April 29 Cinn, you've got a lot of good advise but I prefer to put on extra panels room permitting and leave them down, stay off the roof. The one exception is when I go south in the winter and I'm boon docking for several months in the same place, Dec, Jan, Feb t...  more
    • Cinn
      Steve & Liz Willey May 1 Yes, tilting can boost power in winter, BUT careful not to drive away with them up!,  and tilt mounts often have less secure mounting at least on one side, I have seen pivot points break.  So now I have fixed mount with maximum wattage that I can fit.
    • Cinn
      Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) May 3 As others have said, tilting can/will increase energy harvest. Just as important, however, is to keep them clean and not have them shaded. Don't rely on rain to clean them. ~Bruce
    • Cinn
      Dreamers and Travelers/ Tom & Prescott May 5 So with all these responses to your inquiry, what did you decide? Inquiring minds want to know...
    • Cinn
      LarryA May 10 Let us all know the thirtieth time you get the ladder out to tilt when arriving at a campsite and the thirtieth time you get the ladder out to lower the panels so you can go somewhere else. 
    • Cinn
      Cinn May 10 Thanks for all the replies. I'm glad I didn't go with tilted panels. The fixed ones have provided sufficient power for my needs, year-round—effortlessly.
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