Solar Panel Fixing Devices.

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  1. cydersyd

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    We have just changed our motorhome for a Rimor Super Brig 728. I need to transfer my Solar Panel from the old van onto the Rimor. I do not want to disturb the old fixing brackets as this may cause a problem for its new owner. I have been looking for an efficient but reasonably priced method of fixing the new panel with little success.
    Can anyone suggest a supplier who would charge less than £40.00 for either 4 metal L shaped brackets or 4 Plastic corner brackets.:Eek!:

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    I just went to my local hardware shop and bought a 1mtr length of alumunium angle for about £3 and used a hack saw to cut it to size. I cut it to the length of the short edge of the panel one for each end then used 4 self tappers into the panel itself. Worked a treat and nice and solid on the van.
     
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    Thank you Phillip nice one!

    Graham.
     
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    Thanks everyone, all sorted.

    Graham.
     
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    Thanks GEO, your link to www.alfrescobay.co.uk got me just what I needed. They have a mass of useful motorhome bits and you can sell your own bits and pieces on their site too.
    Certainly one for the "Favourites Box"

    Graham
     
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    Body Flexing, Solar Panels protection?

    Mounting Solar Panels FLEXIBLE MOUNT ?

    I asked my local steel stock holder to cut some short lengths of aluminium L shape angle. Sikaflax equivalent s/s bolts to panel and self tapers to roof. Everything works really well. I have recently been giving a a little more thought. If I change my Amethyst I will leave the panels on it to add value, but I will rethink my fixing. I will probably use some rubber bushes between the L section and the panel to allow some flexing. The MH body must flex and the solar panels are solid, therefore I would guess that it would be prudent to allow for the flexing.
    Any thoughts on this?


    Reminder!
    I anyone is thinking of removing anything attached with Sikaflex, try some fishing line attached to a couple of pieces of dowel, slide the line under the mounting plate and use a sawing motion and the nylon line will cut straight through the Sikaflex.
    Brian.
     
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    Great advice about using fishing line...

    With all the fishing done on Fun there is a lot of it about...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Hi Brian, the onlt thought about the rubber bushes is yes they will flex but in flexing may allow moisture to work its way underneath perhaps lessening the effects of the sikaflex compound.

    Surely the answer is in the name. It is a product that will Flex with minor movement?

    Really like the removal method the Gut idea sounds great.
     
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    Flexible Mounting.

    When the brackets are stuck to the roof and also self tapers are used, there can can be no flexing.
    If I do change I will have a flexible connection between the bracket and the panel. Something like a small version of an old type of engine mounting. Steel/rubber/steel.

    I thought of this after seeing glass "tell tales". They are pieces of glass screwed over cracks to check if a building is moving or subsiding. But of course we don't want our panels to crack.

    If I didn't make the description of removing a Sikaflexed item clear, just think Cheese Wire but with fishing line.

    Brian.
     
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