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Old 05-02-2017, 10:51 AM   #61
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Great info. Waiting to take delivery of my first toyhauler and looking to build a solar system. 90% of most of our camping is to the middle of no where here in Southern California.
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:44 AM   #62
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doe the solar panels wobble at all?

Fire Instructor,

First, thank you for the great info you've provided. I've been digging on how best to install panels and this thread is still one of the few "4 way" pivot point DIY options.

I had a question: when the panel is mounted on the roof for travelling (not angled, just flat) -- is there any wobble to the panel? It seems like w/ the play from the clevis/pivot pin/bolt that it could provide "play" when the panel is flat mounted?

I'm mainly concerned because I will be mounting a 335W residential panel (60"x40") on my RV roof so just have some concerns that the mount won't be solid when it's down for travel? Thanks Fire, this was a very very helpful thread.
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:14 PM   #63
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Just as a future note to anyone seeing this:

I did follow Fire's pics and made similar mounting brackets for an RV roof mounted 350W residential panel. A few quick notes:
* This was my first project cutting/grinding/drilling alum. It was a lot of work
* End result is "pretty good". You can indeed pivot panel in 4 directions.
* It is a bit of a pain though to tilt. The cleavis pins are not necessarily easy to take out / re-insert.
* There IS some road noise/wobble because the pins are not bolts and there is play. I plan to replace two of the cleavis pins (on opposite corners) with bolts for most trips just to keep the play/wobble down.

I live in the US southwest so there's not really any need for me to tilt, yet. But it's cool that i can. Thanks Fire for the great idea.
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