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Old 05-18-2022, 04:55 PM   #1
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Portable solar panels and wind--no problem.

An in the middle of a week long camping trip to the "Coulee Country" of Eastern Washington. Weather has bern great but a high wind event is passing through today and with forecasted gusts og 50mph+ i thoughy it might ne a good idea to secure my portable panels.

Sharing in case others might find themselves in high, gusty, winds while camping with their portable solar out.

Note: I used the narrowest tie-down strap I had so i could route it over the moldings in the center without shading cells as much as possible.

Here are some pics of place and panels tied down.

PS: Check the waterfall from the rock wall to the left side of the pic. A free boondocking site just E. of the Columbia River.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-18-2022, 10:34 PM   #2
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Excellent solution
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I like the use of the free rocks in the tiedown.
That's a beautiful site. Hope you're enjoying the view.
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Another suggestion would be to take a bucket, (we all have a bucket on board, don't we?), and either fill it with rocks, or fill it with water, and use bunjee cords to attach it to the panels. If it's too windy for that setup, you better put them awat till it quits.
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Beautiful area Mike!
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:16 AM   #6
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Another suggestion would be to take a bucket, (we all have a bucket on board, don't we?), and either fill it with rocks, or fill it with water, and use bunjee cords to attach it to the panels. If it's too windy for that setup, you better put them awat till it quits.

I carry a variety of "anchors" that I can tie the panels down with depending on my area resources. Water is usually not an option as I tend to "dry camp" in truly DRY areas.

If the soil isn't rocky I have a couple of auger type anchors I can screw in for tie down points. If larger rocks are available I'll just put a couple of them on the support frame.

The setup pictured withstood winds that night that gusted up to just under 50 mph. A very rare event thankfully.

The next morning the air was calm and sun was out. Just another Spring day
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I usually lay mine flat. In the summer here in the southwest, that works pretty well. We're having high winds daily here in NM. Not helping the wildfire situation. Big parts of the state are burning.
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