Sprinter-Forum    
 

Go Back   Sprinter-Forum > Sprinter-Based RV's & Conversions > Sprinter-Based RV Brands > Leisure Travel Vans > Unity


 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-06-2019, 12:50 PM   #11
SSTraveler
2014 LTV Unity Murphy Bed
 
SSTraveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,714
Thanks: 720
Thanked 1,615 Times in 817 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Ablock, You may want to consider tilt mounts. I have also consider using the Renogy Tilt mount brackets for future panel installs, https://www.renogy.com/rv-tilt-mount-brackets/ since they would give you more options for use and maintenance. I would use the 5952 VHB tape to stick them to the roof, should be very strong since there is a lot more surface area, and then cover with eternabond tape for extra strength insurance. You could also cover with Dicor but I think using Eternabond tape is easier and cleaner, plus you don't have to wait 5 days for setting. I like the idea of these tilting brackets because they do have a lot of roof adhesion surface area (so no need to drill more holes) and you can tilt them up to clean underneath the panels, especially during pollen season or to remove leaves and pine needles (excessive where I live). Also you can angle the panel to get more sun during the winter. It seems the tilt mounts make for an easy install, no new holes, and give you more flexibility to use and maintain your panels and roof.
__________________
SSTraveler
2014 Unity Murphy Bed/2014 MB Chassis

Last edited by SSTraveler; 11-06-2019 at 12:53 PM.
SSTraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 03:01 PM   #12
harrysalit
2019 Wonder FTB
 
harrysalit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tempe, Az
Posts: 97
Thanks: 40
Thanked 28 Times in 20 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Here is a source for wireless tilts,

https://www.solarvector.net/
harrysalit is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to harrysalit For This Useful Post:
Boxster1971 (11-06-2019)
Old 11-06-2019, 06:08 PM   #13
Larry M
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 71
Thanks: 60
Thanked 38 Times in 27 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

I installed our 2-100 watt panels using 35mm Rocker Foot mounts from AM Solar. I needed the clearance because of the curvature of the roof and I can also easily check the roof seams. They come with VHB tape already. I did add some screws for piece of mind.

https://amsolar.com/rv-solar-panel-k...ng-accessories
Larry M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 07:33 PM   #14
Klipstr
2018 Wonder FTB
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Rio Verde and Show Low AZ
Posts: 877
Thanks: 227
Thanked 458 Times in 280 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Harry,

Those can't be cheap! One would have to harvest a bunch more power (and not have enough with flat mounted panels ) to pay for those...
__________________
Kelly

Rio Verde and Show Low AZ
2018 Wonder FTB

https://cuernoverdesolar.wordpress.com/
Klipstr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 09:40 PM   #15
gltrimble
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 965
Thanks: 293
Thanked 821 Times in 449 Posts
Default OEM solar panel blew off

My six Renogy 100 watt panels are hinged on one side. I did this primarily for maintenance. In most cases the benefits for solar production with tilting panels are minimal and hardly worth the effort of climbing up on the roof. You are better off investing in more panels.










Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
gltrimble is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gltrimble For This Useful Post:
Klipstr (11-07-2019)
Old 11-07-2019, 01:57 AM   #16
harrysalit
2019 Wonder FTB
 
harrysalit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tempe, Az
Posts: 97
Thanks: 40
Thanked 28 Times in 20 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Klipster, I think under $200 when I looked at them a year ago, don’t about now.
harrysalit is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 03:51 PM   #17
Klipstr
2018 Wonder FTB
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Rio Verde and Show Low AZ
Posts: 877
Thanks: 227
Thanked 458 Times in 280 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Each? That more than doubles the cost of the panel and probably for maybe 20% output improvement.
__________________
Kelly

Rio Verde and Show Low AZ
2018 Wonder FTB

https://cuernoverdesolar.wordpress.com/
Klipstr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 04:09 PM   #18
harrysalit
2019 Wonder FTB
 
harrysalit's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tempe, Az
Posts: 97
Thanks: 40
Thanked 28 Times in 20 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Look how impressive it would be arriving at camp, push a button, panels go up!
Did you park in the right direction?
Cheaper than the cost of falling of the roof!
harrysalit is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to harrysalit For This Useful Post:
Klipstr (11-12-2019)
Old 11-26-2019, 06:45 PM   #19
ablock
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Marin County
Posts: 481
Thanks: 60
Thanked 183 Times in 117 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

Finished the repair yesterday. I'd had good luck with the AM Solar mounts so I just purchased them again for the Renogy panels. Fitment requires drilling four corner holes in each panel but that's not a big deal.

When I installed the first set of 4 panels using VHB tape on the AM Solar mounts, the roof was brand new. Now it isn't, so in addition to the VHB I coated the mounting feet and foot/roof joint in Dicor.

Thanks all for the suggestions.
ablock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2019, 07:18 PM   #20
msmolow
2019 Unity CB / 2018 Chas
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
Posts: 140
Thanks: 5
Thanked 71 Times in 46 Posts
Default Re: OEM solar panel blew off

If you're using Dicor to protect the mounts from surface water, that would work. Dicor is not an adhesive and shouldn't be used as such. Sikaflex or 3M 5200 are two examples of adhesive products.
msmolow is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 04:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.