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Old 03-22-2024, 12:15 PM   #1
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Panel on Curved Roof; Inverter

I'll be mounting a 100W panel, length 42", on the fiberglass roof of my HW277. The ends of the angle (renogy tilt mount kit) will be slightly off the roof. Does it seem reasonable to layer VGHB or eternabond tape to fill the gap? If not, then what?

Other question is a Renogy 700W inverter I want to install in the water filter compartment. Weight is about 5 lb and wall won't support. Would 1/4" plywood fastened to wall and extending down to the RV floor be sufficient to support?
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Old 03-22-2024, 12:29 PM   #2
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Sounds like plywood you planned would hold it. Don't like idea of mixing electric and water. I've had leaks in wet bay before. Location should be as close to batteries as possible.
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Old 03-22-2024, 01:49 PM   #3
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I'll be mounting a 100W panel, length 42", on the fiberglass roof of my HW277. The ends of the angle (renogy tilt mount kit) will be slightly off the roof. Does it seem reasonable to layer VGHB or eternabond tape to fill the gap? If not, then what?

Other question is a Renogy 700W inverter I want to install in the water filter compartment. Weight is about 5 lb and wall won't support. Would 1/4" plywood fastened to wall and extending down to the RV floor be sufficient to support?

Taping my panels to my roof made me nervous so I went nuts and used aluminum track mounts. My roof is curved and that solved that problem. I just attached to tilt mount to the rail track. I started with two panels and ended up with six mounted this way. I used a stud finder to located the ceiling cross braces to attach the track. Those panels are secure.
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Old 03-22-2024, 03:40 PM   #4
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Taping my panels to my roof made me nervous so I went nuts and used aluminum track mounts. My roof is curved and that solved that problem. I just attached to tilt mount to the rail track. I started with two panels and ended up with six mounted this way. I used a stud finder to located the ceiling cross braces to attach the track. Those panels are secure.
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Old 03-24-2024, 05:35 AM   #5
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Sounds like plywood you planned would hold it. Don't like idea of mixing electric and water. I've had leaks in wet bay before. Location should be as close to batteries as possible.
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The "wet bay" is the only accessible inside space close enough to the batteries. Besides, power center/converter is below the shelf for the "wet bay".
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Old 03-24-2024, 04:44 PM   #6
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Did you consider the truly flexible BougeRV Yuma CIGS panels? They can be had with grommets or butyl tape. They are rather long or large.
I installed last year two 100 watt compact CIGS panels last year and have two more to install later in the spring.
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Old 03-25-2024, 01:23 AM   #7
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I considered flexible panels in general and decided against flexible panels.
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Old 03-25-2024, 09:30 AM   #8
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I considered flexible panels in general and decided against flexible panels.
CIGS panels are NOT the same as traditionally marketed “flex” panels. Flex panels still have glass in them and are as flexible as plastic cardboard, bending mildly before being significantly damaged. CIGS panels are shipped rolled up.
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Old 03-25-2024, 09:31 AM   #9
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Can anyone tell me why this picture keeps posting sideways?
It is correct in my library.
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Old 03-25-2024, 09:45 AM   #10
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Can anyone tell me why this picture keeps posting sideways?
It is correct in my library.
Mine does that, too. I have to open the picture on my laptop and then just save it and then it posts correctly. No idea why it does that.
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This is what scares me with flexible panels. I would want those CIGS panels for sure.

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