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Old 11-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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bolting solar to the roof of my Roo

So, I have a 2014 Roo 183. Does anyone know how the roof is built? Is there plywood under the roof membrane that I could just sink some lag bolts into?

Or, is there a FAQ or Sticky for mounting things to roofs?

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #3
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Eric, I love you.






I just know zippy, zero, nada, nothing, big fat goose egg about solar or bolting to the roofs of RVs.

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Eric, i have rarely seen any hybrid owner, who has installed solar panels on the roof of their hybrid. and that's on any of the 7 Hybrid forums i frequent.

i can honestly say that i've only seen a couple of owners who've posted doing this mod.

personally, i wouldn't want to do this on such a small trailer. i prefer having a 2000w quiet inverter generator to do what solar panels would do, plus way more. like running the microwave, which solar panels can't do.
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In the attached Rockwood brochure, page 11 shows a cut-away of the roof. It is mostly styrofoam, with some thin wood laminated to each side. There must also be some joists in there for strength I would think. I don't think this type of roof is unique to the Roo, and there are several companies out there that install solar panels on RV's. A professional installer is probably your best bet for info.

There are a lot of blogs and U-Tube vids on how to setup and install solar panels on the roof. I would much prefer a mid-size solar setup to a generator - but even though prices are coming down, it can still be pretty expensive so I don't know if will ever happen for us.

In every one of these I've looked at, the panels are screwed to the roof and then sealed with Dicor. Nobody mentions anything specific about where on the roof to locate them. I put a link below to one blog I found helpful. Maybe e-mail the author for some details?

RV Solar Panel Installation Tutorial Part II - A great Starter Kit
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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sorry eric, curious as well but i dont know the exact construction of the roof. i would be cautious of lagging into plywood only (assuming there is a layer on top). with the slight radius of the roof i woudnt expect any thicker then 1/2" plywood. if the panels sit up off of the roof at all the wind could get under the panels and rip the lags from the roof. 65mph winds going down the road will take its toll.
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NOW we're talking. Thanks for the tips, peeps.
I do have a studfinder. Maybe I'll run it over the top and see if I can identify some joists embedded in the foam.
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NOW we're talking. Thanks for the tips, peeps. I do have a studfinder. Maybe I'll run it over the top and see if I can identify some joists embedded in the foam.
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I used flexable peel and stick solar panels (I am not concerned about the warranty). I have a 26 foot Wildwood T26TBSS. 288 watts of solar. There is a video on U-tube if interested.
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See this thread in this forum

Solar panels

He added solar panels to his 233S.
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