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Posted: 09/01/22 03:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, Everyone!

It's that time to make the transition to a new rig for a new adventure! This means I am removing my system to transfer to the new rig.

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Regarding the panels on the roof-

Keep the brackets mounted, or remove them and seal the individual holes with???

I am open to either method, just want to do what's best considering I already compromised the integrity of the roof by putting screws down in the first place ( bonded to roof with eternabond/screws/eternabond tape/dicor).

Thanks for any help/suggestions!

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At eighty dollars or less for quality 100 watt solar panels, why remove them?

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Since solar panel dimensions vary, you would probably be doing the new owner a favor by removing the brackets and filling the holes with Dicor.


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Posted: 09/01/22 04:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

improvement in solar panels would have me leaning to leave old ones and get new ones.


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Posted: 09/01/22 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

improvement in solar panels would have me leaning to leave old ones and get new ones.


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Plus leaving the solar on the old rig could be a good selling point.

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enblethen wrote:

improvement in solar panels would have me leaning to leave old ones and get new ones.



Yep!

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capacitor wrote:

enblethen wrote:

improvement in solar panels would have me leaning to leave old ones and get new ones.



Yep!


I tend to agree.





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I agree with getting new panels. Why take the trouble to install old panels.
I understand they are paid for by why install used panels on a brand new rig?


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Lantley wrote:

I agree with getting new panels. Why take the trouble to install old panels.
I understand they are paid for by why install used panels on a brand new rig?


I have actually thought about keeping the setup with the rig, but it was only used 1 winter season in Quartzsite, so I figured the setup is new enough to remove and put on the next (new to me) rig.

I also feel solar may be very niche when trying to sell a rig? I had a few seasoned RV'ers look at the rig and their eyes glossed over when they saw the setup, had no clue what it was, how it worked, then tried to reduce the price because they had no use for it.

Figured it may be just easier to offload it w/o the system. I could be wrong based the responses I see already from the group.

Appreciate the feedback!

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Leave the old degraded ones and buy new.
Depending on the controller, maybe buy a cheapy and swap it out with your old good one if it’s a high quality MPPT.


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