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Old 04-13-2016, 09:48 PM   #21
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Phase 2 - Solar Install

Well after a 6 hour plus time slot - everything is installed and actually working - I will start loading up the photos after I put the little guy to bed.

SO we will begin with the entry into the roof - I went with existing cable entry from the antenna as it lined up directly above the batteries - shortest distance:





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Old 04-13-2016, 11:40 PM   #22
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Feeding the #6 cable straight down through the cabinet and along the wall - found a cable raceway that is almost a match for the wall color:





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Old 04-13-2016, 11:42 PM   #23
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Took the couch out to find an existing hole to run to the batteries in the step:



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Old 04-13-2016, 11:45 PM   #24
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Wired up most of the controller, switches etc on the bench - cut a 9inch by 17 inch piece of wood for the backer so that I would have enough clearance when the jackknife was flat - mounted a protective cover to keep things from falling on it and little fingers from touching the hot fins:





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Old 04-13-2016, 11:49 PM   #25
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And She works:

Rainy day but was still able to tinker with the settings to ensure functionality - excited to test her out over the next week - on our way to Disneyland and North of Santa Barbara - Jalama Beach!

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Old 04-13-2016, 11:54 PM   #26
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Where to get the info

Ok - so I have been studying for about 9 months on this subject and found two extremely helpful sites. I also read every word, 10 or so times before I started the project ans spent the money. Here is your bible - read all of it:

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...ging-puzzle-2/

Once you have finished there - read everything else in the blog - extremely revealing.I have not personally spoken to Handy Bob - I did not have to - he wrote everything so perfectly, without fluff, it was hard to just not follow his instructions.

90% of my solar supplies were purchased here http://www.amsolarrv.com/

They are great folks and have good prices - not the dirt cheapest but certainly in the ball park. I paid a few dollars more to know the customer support was there.

Another source to cross check info is:

RV Electrical

And of course if you want to know how I put it in - I will answer any questions you might have.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:31 AM   #27
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Slimjc, there are a bunch of us over on the Forester Forum trying to work out mounting the panels on the roof. Seems there is an issue with the thinness of the fiberglass and plywood and whether is is strong enough to hold the panels securely. How exactly did you mount them? We are over at this topic-Ready for Solar, again!
Have a nice trip down here to SoCal. Been to Jalama many times and Disneyland too! Safe Trip!
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Slimjc...nice installation. Would you say that the roof backer plywood is maybe 1/4 or 3/8 PT plywood. Looks like it but hard to tell from the photo. Should be plenty of holding power with some coarse self tapping screws. Nice photos.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:35 AM   #29
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Slimjc...nice installation. Would you say that the roof backer plywood is maybe 1/4 or 3/8 PT plywood. Looks like it but hard to tell from the photo. Should be plenty of holding power with some coarse self tapping screws. Nice photos.
It is 1/8 fiberglass, 1/4 substrate, 1 inch of styro material. Sandwiched very tight - go here for your mounts: AM Solar: Support — AM Solar
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Quick update, drove from salt lake city to Los Angeles in high winds, solar panels stayed put. Vhb tape, screws and dicor......
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