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
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