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Posted: 12/29/18 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New camper and there is limited space on the roof for solar.
I want 200 want total at least. 2 panes, one, four, does not matter so much.

I am looking for a long thin panel, flexible preferable. I cannot find.

Also, where is a good source other than Amazon? All the manufacturers seem to refer sales to a non-existent dealer, dealers charge double or triple prices.

I could squeeze a 39x18 inch panel in next to AC unit and another behind maybe.

Alternate is to get a big 250w panel and have it hang off the back, over the rear door, like an awning. Camper is fiberglass so I would use VHB tape and not drill holes. This is a TC and would be way higher than the trailer I tow so no clearance issues..

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I always refer anyone/everyone to "Solar Blvd", they are located here in So. Calif and while I have never ordered from them, it is my go to place to browse. When I finally do go Solar, they are within driving distance for me to save on shipping. While I'd love the 24 volt Panels, their size and my roof don't mix so I'm generally looking at the 12 volt Panel options. Good Luck...


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“flexible preferable” Shorter warranty, cupping, nearlly impossible to remove, makes inside of RV warmer, cracking, less efficient due to heat...no space under panel. With tape and Dicor do not fear holes.

* This post was edited 12/29/18 05:06pm by Lwiddis *


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You can't find Unisolar panels because the company shut down in 2006.

There have been some cheap "knock off" flexible panels, but they have not fared too well as far as longevity goes.

My panels are the Unisolar US-64.


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Air Conditioner shroud casts a giant shadow across nearby solar panels. No sense hanging a panel down the back unless that is towards South.

You seem like a good candidate for portable solar. Easy peasy. Just carry the solar panels up on the bed while going down the road, and deploy when you set up camp.


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Try AM Solar, Northern Arizona Wind and Sun, Backwoods Solar, or Solar Blvd.

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KD4UPL wrote:

Try AM Solar, Northern Arizona Wind and Sun, Backwoods Solar, or Solar Blvd.


I've bought from Solar Blvd in the past, but went to the site (or should say tried to) today and no website. Anyone delt with them lately? or are the out of business? Always had good prices.


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AM Solar has a long skinny panel that's 13.5 wide by 60.6 long.

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">ZkAAOSw-tlb5HFd&frcectupt=true]This one is the probably the same one AM Solar sells except that it's a second and costs a lot less.

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ktmrfs wrote:

KD4UPL wrote:

Try AM Solar, Northern Arizona Wind and Sun, Backwoods Solar, or Solar Blvd.


I've bought from Solar Blvd in the past, but went to the site (or should say tried to) today and no website. Anyone delt with them lately? or are the out of business? Always had good prices.



I just went to Solar Blvd website and got the following:

Your connection is not secure

The owner of www.solarblvd.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.


So it appears that the website is in existence but Firefox and my AVG Internet Security won't let it open for me. Thank you Firefox and AVG for the warning.

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