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Posted: 05/20/19 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And the heat goes where, MDK? Just touch a solar panel in a SoCal summer and you’ll see.


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What Jayco means is, the Roof on a Hybrid is designed with certain Stress supports. They install supports for the roof AC weight which is about 100 pounds. The roof will indeed hold 250 lbs of a person. I weigh 250 and have been on countless Jayco Hybrids doing roof and AC work. What Jayco is stating is standard CYA language. Even tho your unit is way past warranty, Jayco will not state what to do and will just discourage you from doing it. There is no problem installing Solar Panels on your Jayco. Doug

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dougrainer wrote:

What Jayco means is, the Roof on a Hybrid is designed with certain Stress supports. They install supports for the roof AC weight which is about 100 pounds. The roof will indeed hold 250 lbs of a person. I weigh 250 and have been on countless Jayco Hybrids doing roof and AC work. What Jayco is stating is standard CYA language. Even tho your unit is way past warranty, Jayco will not state what to do and will just discourage you from doing it. There is no problem installing Solar Panels on your Jayco. Doug


That was my first thought also.
There was so much snow on that roof two years ago that a couple solar panels would add literally nothing compared to the snow load.
What I am not 100% sure about is the screws holding the panels down at highway speeds, but most likely that would be ok as well.

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keeping the panel on the roof is not a weight issue but an attachment issue for wind getting underneath.

Change it up and open a new ticket and ask Jayco if there are wood trusses or what is under the roof deck allowing you to walk on it. See if they will send you a diagram for where the trusses are, or you can probably figure it out by the amount of flex underfoot while you're up there.

If wood trusses I would say it;s standard CYA and you can mount them.


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The roof support a heavy a$$ air conditioner, I assure you it will support the panels. It's a liability issue for Jayco.


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Sounds CYA to me. If you have 1/2" Plywood laminated to foam, the screws should hold. If you have Wood trusses in some sections, that would be the ideal mounting point obviously. You're not risking warranty and I'm confident you will be fine in either situation as far as roof structure. If you don't have trusses to screw into and will just be going into the 1/2" plywood, buy some extra mounts and put 8 on each panel to add some additional strength instead of just 4 if that makes you feel better.


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