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Old 04-15-2016, 12:50 PM   #11
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I use a milk crate as a support for my solar panel. I attach the panel to the crate with a bungee cord which attaches to the frame of the panel. Infinitely adjustable. During travel the milk crate is used to store leveling blocks.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:43 PM   #12
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Here is my project.

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Just curious if anyone has done it. Adding legs would be simple enough. I have plenty of storage for them when not in use. 200 Watts for less than 2 suitcase units, no holes in the roof and they can be aimed and set in sun while trailer is parked in shade.

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I recently finished this project of my portable 200 Watt Solar kit.

For the 2 panels ( 48" x 22" each ) I joined them together with 2 hinges and added 2 handles for easy carrying. Also took a youth sleeping bag and turned it into a carrying case for protection while traveling.

On the backside of the panels I attached 3 Velcro straps (with self tapper screws ) to anchor the leg brackets to. This allows for swiveling, as needed, when the sun is moving.

As for the legs, they are 1 1/2" PVC. I measured the height to assure the best angle for needed for sun reflection. Up and down is 40 degrees and angled back abit is 35 degrees. But the angle is still more adjustable, if needed.

The legs also have eye hooks on the bottom of each leg for pegging into the ground for extra support.

As for storing the the panels and legs together. They are the practically the same dimensions and will store perfectly together.

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Old 04-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #13
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Portable Solar vs roof mount

I bought 2 full size Renogy 100W panels with 20' 10AWG cables and it worked great. I stored then in between the 2 queen size elevator beds on my Stealth SS 2216 Limited 27' toy hauler. I have 3 deep cycle 12VDC batteries and I never ran out of power. I put door hinges between then to hold them together and just propped them up with 2x4's to face the sun. This is a dilemma in that when you look for a campsite, you want shade, which reduces roof mounted panels output, but you still get 25% output in shade.
But eventually I got tired of hauling the panels out and packing up repeatedly (they are cumbersome to move and easily damaged), so I finally mounted them on the roof in less than an hour. Holes in the roof are no issue of you get good roof sealer. Now I am charging 7x24 (daytime) when driving or parked and I am getting more charging now than before because they are working all the time vs just when I take them out. I may buy another 100W panel and put it on 40' cable as a portable to supplement for when I camp in the shade for extended time if needed. 20' was not long enough range to find shade all the time. And the sun/shade moves all day so you are constantly moving the panels if there are lots of trees in the campground.
So the real variable here is how much time to spend out in sun parked/on the road vs in shaded campsite. I found that having the panels out working all day and while driving more than makes up for the time panels are temporarily in the sun when I put them out. If you are staying in the same campsite for extended time and trailer is in the shade, then portable makes more sense.
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Cons

  1. We camp in mostly forested area so finding sun maybe an issue if they are permanently mounted to the roof. No ability to move to the sunny spot.
  2. Tilting at the sun. They make mounts but they are expensive and multiple mounts could get really expensive
  3. If not mounted on roof would have to find storage and risk damage.
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Another Con would be that they walk away while you are enjoying your day and not there to supervise them. I don't know, maybe I am being to paranoid.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:04 PM   #15
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Nice.

Regular size panels? What are they 42 x 22 something or other.

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The pictured one is for an 80W panel. I use the same design on my 140W panels
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:07 PM   #16
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What controller are you using?
I have several controllers. The one used here is a Morningstar Prostar 30
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:27 PM   #17
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Thanks for the ideas. I think Im gonna go for it.

Can always mount them on the roof if it becomes a chore...
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:02 AM   #18
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I just added 2 100w panel to roof to supplement my 2 100w portable. Works great. Allready had sc2030 & tm2030 permanently mounted so cost was under $250 to add. WhenI plug in the portables I have 400w.
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I just added 200w to roof to supplement my 200w pportable.when I plug inportable have 400w. Works great.
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Old 04-17-2016, 12:47 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the comments. I ordered 2 100 watt Renogy panels and the trimetric controller.

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