Install solar panels on RV roof with TILT BRACKETS || Renogy solar panels

We've had these solar panels in 
the garage for a little while now.   The weather is good and it's time to get 
out there and start our solar install So I feel like getting them out of the 
box is the hardest part of this project.   So now I'm going to test each individual panel 
and make sure they are producing electricity.   So the panel's giving me about 20 volts 
with no load which seems about right.   I have to say these panels are quite a bit 
lighter than what I thought they would be.   It's very thin kind of where the actual panels 
are and then it's just got this, like, nice   aluminum frame. I think it's aluminum anyways. 
So that was step one, test all your panels,   because you don't want to be up on your roof and 
install a panel and then realize that it's dead   after you hook everything up. So I've tested them 
all they all clock in at 20.6 volts so that makes   me relatively confident that they're working 
as they should and don't need to be returned.

They come with instructions and the first 
thing listed is their Youtube channel. So   these are adjustable tilt brackets, so these 
are the little screws that are going to go in   uh and you can take out to tilt it towards the 
sun and get more output that way. It's all uh   lightweight aluminum, feels like. These can tilt 
up to 90 degrees for that very low winter sun.   So the next step is to install the tilt brackets 
onto the panels. Now pro tip is to use the right   sized washer. I used the slightly bigger ones 
and I had to take them off and put on the   smaller ones. There's only four of the small 
ones, so you'll know which ones to use for   attaching the bracket to the panel. So to attach 
the bracket to the panel you're going to want the   nut, and then a washer, and then the bracket, 
another washer, lock washer, and then the bolt.

I've got all the brackets installed on 
all four of the 100 watt solar panels,   so the next step is going to be getting 
them up on the roof. That's the fun part.   So we've got the solar panels up on 
the roof now. Now I'm just going to   rough in the wiring and make sure that 
all the wires reach where they need to.   So one thing has come to light, now 
that we actually have the panels   up here there's a slight issue with the curvature 
of the roof. So the roof kind of goes like that,   which means we can't get the tilt mount panels 
mounted exactly flat. So we would have to turn   them around, but there's not quite enough room 
and we want to be able to tilt the panels up to   the side because usually we're going to have the 
trailer oriented so that the sun is towards the   sides and the windows.

So the panels do fit going 
the other way however the roof is also not flat   going the other way. I think I'm just going to 
have to figure out how to mount these things with   a roof that is not 100% flat. Alright, so with 
a little experimentation I was able to determine   two things: one the roof is a lot flatter towards 
the edge of the roof so I think the panels are   gonna go best right at the edge and two I don't 
think I really want them oriented the other way   because then they're going to have a big space 
underneath them where air can rush underneath   and possibly create lift. So you really don't 
want that. Oriented this way they've actually   they're blocked from the air so there's not going 
to be air rushing underneath when you're driving   down the highway at 100 kilometers an hour. So 
I'm thinking I'm going to line them up three on   that side and then put the other one on this side 
and yeah looks pretty good to me.

So I've gotten   to the scariest part of this project which is 
actually screwing them into the roof, but I'm   basically just going to follow what they've done 
with everything else that's screwed into the roof   and use just a crapload of dicor. So around 
every screw dicor, cover the screw with dicor.   It's going to form a waterproof seal and we're 
not going to get any water into the roof because   that's really the concern anytime you drill a hole 
or screw into your RV roof. You're just worried   that water is going to get in there and destroy 
your RV. So lots of dicor, should be waterproof,   all good. So after doing the first one I figured 
out it was better to put the panel on measure   everything out and then take the panel completely 
off and install the bars just on their own.   Just makes it a lot easier to get in there with 
a screwdriver, put everything back on, worked   a lot better for the second one. So that's the 
technique I recommend. I just finished installing   the last panel and it all went pretty well and 
I have to say I love that dicor self-leveling   sealant.

It's great, you can make a total mess 
of it and then it'll just flatten out. So highly   recommend that. Pretty big job, but not too bad. 
The next step will be wiring. Thank you so much   for joining me. I hope you found this useful and 
if you did please be sure to hit that like button,   and subscribe, and hit that notification bell so 
you're notified about the next video that will be   all about wiring the solar panels up. And in the 
meantime, keep on living the life you've imagined!.

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