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Old 04-27-2024, 01:52 PM   #1
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I purchased a used 2017 Forest River Cherokee Destination Trailer 39RE (yes, I pd too much). I gutted it, rebuilt the inside adding extra storage space, office in the bunk room, took out the propane stove/oven and added induction stove top, and a air fryer oven. I insulated the undercarriage with straw bales and skirting (yes, it's still cold inside in the winter), and added a deck. I'm parked on my own property and have access to water and electricity.

I would like to add solar, but need advise. I have excellent south and west sun, but over the last few years we have had increasing hail storms. I would hate to have the panels destroyed, but since I may not get advanced warning I am not sure how to protect the panels. Any info on solar systems would be appreciated, including best systems at the best price in the US, and how they work (I'm new to the world of solar). Thanks
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Quite a few people vertically mount their panels for less ground space taken up, on the side of a building, or in Alaska to keep the snow off.
BOUGE RV CIGS panels are shipped rolled up and are truly flexible. They can be walked on, driven over, and actually shot through several times and still mostly work. Again, check Utube reviews, especially by HOBOTECH or professor Hobo. Unfortunately, they are only available in 100 & 200 watt versions and two of the three sizes are 7’ long! Can be had with grommets or self stick butyl tape. I have four of the “compact” models on my TT.
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Quite a few people vertically mount their panels for less ground space taken up, on the side of a building, or in Alaska to keep the snow off.
BOUGE RV CIGS panels are shipped rolled up and are truly flexible. They can be walked on, driven over, and actually shot through several times and still mostly work. Again, check Utube reviews, especially by HOBOTECH or professor Hobo. Unfortunately, they are only available in 100 & 200 watt versions and two of the three sizes are 7’ long! Can be had with grommets or self stick butyl tape. I have four of the “compact” models on my TT.
You always forget to mention that CIGS panels cost 3x as much as the same wattage mono panel.
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You always forget to mention that CIGS panels cost 3x as much as the same wattage mono panel.
Buy once cry once.

They aren’t for everyone, just a possible solution.
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Old 04-30-2024, 08:40 PM   #6
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New to the forum and seeking advice:

I purchased a used 2017 Forest River Cherokee Destination Trailer 39RE (yes, I pd too much). I gutted it, rebuilt the inside adding extra storage space, office in the bunk room, took out the propane stove/oven and added induction stove top, and a air fryer oven. I insulated the undercarriage with straw bales and skirting (yes, it's still cold inside in the winter), and added a deck. I'm parked on my own property and have access to water and electricity.

I would like to add solar, but need advise. I have excellent south and west sun, but over the last few years we have had increasing hail storms. I would hate to have the panels destroyed, but since I may not get advanced warning I am not sure how to protect the panels. Any info on solar systems would be appreciated, including best systems at the best price in the US, and how they work (I'm new to the world of solar). Thanks
Straw bales attract mice , I would use the foam board the skirting . You can cut it for a tighter fit and fill any gaps .
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