Recommend Me 200w Solar Panels?

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  1. Yorick

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    I have decided to add 200w of free leccy and want some advice as to what is a good buy.

    Any recommendations ?


    Should I buy 2 x 100 or just 1 x 200 ?

    And I assume I need some sort of regulator as well ?


    Thanks in advance :)



    Will have 2 x 110 AH leisure batteries
     
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    Depends on how much real estate you have on your roof and what dimension panel will fit... Two smaller ones might fit better. Best thing to do is to have a look - don't know what roof lights you have... If any
     
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    Plenty of roof space on a Tranny :)
     
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    Ok, get up and spend some time top of your tranny and put whatever is cheapest on.... With two panels you are doubling the cost of feet unless it comes as a kit.

    Best of luck and be careful when you climb back off her........
     
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    i use ally angle . ideally across the front and rear of the panel . dont want a gap at the front incase a low branch hooks underneath .
    possibly two lengths one front one rear . simple pos to pos . neg to neg wiring then down to the reg . easily done . might even later on get another bank up there .
    they were 79.99 only the other week.
     
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    I bought and fitted a couple of these. They seem to work very well. Better to have two fitted a bit apart. That way if the pitch is shady there is a chance that one will get some sun.
     
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    heres my first bank of panels . i now have another bank as well.
     

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    yes they are ok as well.
    mates have them .
     
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    They are surprisingly affordable :)
     
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    Don't you mean off him?
     
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    Wherever you put them, make sure you can reach then to clean them regularly.

    They don't like being dirty, don't work too well
     
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    Good point. Never thought of that.

    I have ladders :)
     
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    I decided on two of these because the only place to fit them on my Hymer was right at the front and I decided low profile was better for me, only been on a week so time will tell if they are a good investment or not but working well at the mo, I am using one of these regulaters(y)
     
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    Yes, and they have come down by a tenner from when I bought them. If you are buying two make an offer. I did and they accepted it
    Good point. Mine are either side of a rooflight in the bedroom area. One of the reasons I chose that area is that I can stand on the bed area, reach through the rooflight and clean both.
    Do you carry them in the motorhome though? Needed when you get some dirty rain in dusty parts of France and Spain
     
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    I now know what sort of panels I want. Thanks :)

    Now how do I fit them to the roof ? Are there standard fittings?

    Any drilling involved ?

    And apart from a regulator, do I need anything else ?
     
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    You can buy standard plastic fittings to support the panel(s). However, on the advice of Andy (Techno100), I used short lengths (165mm) of 50mm x 50mm aluminium angle which I "pop riveted" to the sides of the panel to make feet. Andy recommended using 4 (one at each corner), but I adopted a belt and braces approach and put another one in the middle of each long side. I then stuck the feet to the roof using Sikaflex 512, after properly preparing the surfaces with Sika 205 cleaner.

    The only hole I drilled in the roof (with trembling hands!) was for the cable to go inside the motorhome. You can buy "stick on" fittings that look like this to waterproof the hole. However I thought that this looked like a better engineered product so used it instead, but still stuck it down and sealed it with the Sika. You will need to buy some additional glands for the cables to go through , but the same supplier sells them.

    You will also need some solar cables, and maybe joiners if you are using more than one panel, and some trunking that you stick on the roof to hide the cables and keep them from flapping around.
     
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    There is a company at lowerstoft that are very good service and the prices are good 01502515532
     
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