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Old 07-07-2016, 10:37 AM   #111
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Been following silently. Thanks for keeping an update. Thinking of putting the same size on my MBS rig also.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:26 AM   #112
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Still here and following but on the road. I understand about the piece of mind putting screws in. We have gone over the grapevine, up to seattle and half way back down the coast and very confident the panels are not going any where without using screws. Good luck with final panel install. Looks good so far.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:06 PM   #113
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A couple years ago I installed a single 100 watt monocrystaline panel, a Renogy kit. I attached with eight Renogy mounts, SS screws, and Dicor. Has been perfect for 3+ years and probably 25K miles. Just inspected yesterday - no sign of any mount issues. I also ran the wire down the awning channel rather than the refrigerator vent. The single 100 watt panel has worked well to keep the batteries up while stored. Also notable help while boondocking (but doubt it would keep up for more than a few days). Does what I want. Of note, I did reduce the cutoff voltage from Renogy's default of 13.7 volts to 13.2 volts - reduced battery water usage in storage to negligible.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:12 PM   #114
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Still here and following but on the road. I understand about the piece of mind putting screws in. We have gone over the grapevine, up to seattle and half way back down the coast and very confident the panels are not going any where without using screws. Good luck with final panel install. Looks good so far.
Cancelled our trip to Idyllwild this weekend as our neighbors bailed on us and I would be thinking only about finishing the solar. HopHed, my StickyFeet came with nuts and bolts to fasten them to the panels. Also my panels had pre-drilled holes for the mounts. They were obviously made for the Renogy mounts as the StickyFeet are set back slightly.
I placed one panel on the roof for a few minutes while I cut up wood 2x4's to raise the panels. When I came back, the 3M VHB tape was gooey because of the warm roof. Hope I didn't ruin them! It was only one panel and only 4 mounts as I hadn't attached the center ones yet. I moved the tape back and as it cooled, it looked normal again. Dumb move on my part.
I think I know where I will mount these two panels and need to go to the hardware store for fine grit sandpaper and a few screws. Also, I need to get some adhesive caulk. Not sure if I should try CW or my dealer for that.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:59 PM   #115
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Sikaflex 505 UV adhesive sealant caulk, anyone use this one?
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:21 PM   #116
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I am watching and learning. We have a TT and have put the 6 volt batteries on, but trying to figure out how to run the wires. Your pictures really help.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:28 PM   #117
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Following. Not quite ready for this yet. Thanks for the info.


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Old 07-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #118
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Received the inline fuse today that will go on the end of the positive Y connector on the roof. Now it has cutoffs and fuses from panels to the controller and controller to the batteries.
Will pickup some Sikaflex tomorrow from CW, mark where the feet are going to go and sand the dimples down a bit. Next, I need to drill the feet for the hollow wall anchors and hopefully Saturday or Sunday morning I can start permanently mounting the panels before it gets too hot.
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Received the inline fuse today that will go on the end of the positive Y connector on the roof. Now it has cutoffs and fuses from panels to the controller and controller to the batteries.
Will pickup some Sikaflex tomorrow from CW, mark where the feet are going to go and sand the dimples down a bit. Next, I need to drill the feet for the hollow wall anchors and hopefully Saturday or Sunday morning I can start permanently mounting the panels before it gets too hot.
Please make sure those are NOT Windy Nation inline fuses. They are loose on the inside and make either a bad, intermittent, or no connection on the inside.

If they are Windy Nation fuses, remove the fuses and tape them so they dont' rattle and then put a spring on top of one fuse end so it ensures a good connection.
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Please make sure those are NOT Windy Nation inline fuses. They are loose on the inside and make either a bad, intermittent, or no connection on the inside.

If they are Windy Nation fuses, remove the fuses and tape them so they dont' rattle and then put a spring on top of one fuse end so it ensures a good connection.
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