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Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by Wroxham29 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:51 pm

Hi,is there enough space left on a Symbol/boxer roof for a solar panel cos there's roof lights everywhere or can they fit on the slope at the front of the roof?
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Re: Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by Gromit on Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:48 pm

Hi Tony

There's only one way to be sure. Ladder, tape measure and an hour with Mr. Google checking the sizes that are available.

I would guess there is room, even if you have to install two or even three small panels and link them together. It won't be the cheapest option, but I would be surprised if you can't come up with something worthwhile.

I wouldn't fit one on the slope at the front. Apart from looking singularly naff, you wouldn't get much out of it unless the van was facing the sun.

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Re: Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by Paramedic on Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:38 am

Hi, as Gromit suggested take measurements of available spaces and ensure safety when aloft up ladder. You might look at www.motorcaravanning.co.uk as it lists slimline panels that might accommodate your available area(s). Whatever overall sizes are available (important to include fixings) you can cut out cardboard templates to offer up to roof to give a more clearer perspective of how it will look. Regards

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Re: Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by IanH on Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:17 pm

Google PHOTONIC UNIVERSE, they do all manner of semi flexible panel you can, as we did, glue to the roof.
In particular they do 50w panels which are long and narrow, you'll need two as they're only 8.7v each, but 2 in series will give you a 100w panel. From memory they're about 350mm x 1050mm each

PU are very helpful and have good tech advice.

Have a look at my post, some way down now,http://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t21550-autosleeper-warwick-duo-solar-installation, and you'll see how to do it!!

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Re: Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by Paulmold on Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:29 pm

There are several 50w narrow panels on their website which are 12v. I don't understand your comments about being 8.7v, all their panels appear to be 12 or 24v.

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Re: Is there enough room for a solar panel

Post by IanH on Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:58 am

You are correct, the spec has changed since I looked last. They used to be 8.7v and you needed to connect two in series, I see they've changed that now, all to the good!

I only use semi flex panels, glued to roof, done it on 2 mh's now, works perfectly.

IMHO 50w on its own wouldn't be enough, I feel (just my opinion) that the min practical is 100w. Mine is 140w, and is coping with both batteries very well.
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