solar panel fixing to the roof

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  1. tattoobluedog12345

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    just a question on how would be the best way to fix solar panel to the roof of my MH

    cheers
     
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    Sikaflex 11FC.
     
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    As above ,sticks like s--- to a blanket lol.
     
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    As above. I have done twice. They are still up and working.
    Phil
     
  5. tonka

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    Yep Sikaflex.. I have used 221 or 521..
    Make / buy some brackets, fix them to the panel to allow airflow and cooling underneath.
    Just stick em down, job done...
     
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    I tend to use the above, but if there are any rails up there I usually attach one end to them.. Makes for a real quick, absolutely solid installation
     
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    What about fixing to a manufacturer s roof rack.
     
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    So do you just stick the whole thing to the roof?

    I assumed there were feet or summat.

    And what happens if you need to take it off? E.G. For repair.
     
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    Sikaflex is the way to go, however they have a bewildering array of seemingly identical products.
    I identified the material of the MoHo roof (painted GRP in my case) and the material of the mounting brackets (ABS plastic).
    Sent this information to technical@uk.sika.com, received a reply within the day with the recommended product, Sikaflex 252 in my case.
     
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    For none flexible panels you don't stick the panel to the roof. You stick the mounting brackets to the roof with the riveted or bolted panel attached to the brackets.

    (It made sense to me when I typed it:unsure:)
     
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    My Rapido has a "floating" roof fabric so I would need to drill and screw into the solid roof material: simply gluing to the material may result in a panel blowing off and taking the fabric with it!

    If in doubt, do it with care - Gordon
     
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    I've been using Tec 7 for the last three years, customising camper vans etc the caravan industry have been using Sikaflex for years and years and in fairness nothing much else was around but once they lost the paten rights to their M7 Polymer Adhesives many new types of this adhesive have come along...the point of the story you don't have to pay Sikaflex prices anymore:):)
     
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    My roof is the same but with no screws and they dont come off
    I have never used screws on any panels I've fitted and no reports of panels on the road behind yet.

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    thanks techno where did you get the plastic seats from for the panels please
    thank you
     
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    Do you mean the brackets on my van first pictures?
     
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    in the second picture it shows black plastic seat / brackets what the panels are sat on.
    sorry to be a pain

    thank you
     
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    sorry I forgot to ask in the third picture the wires go into a box is this a standard fitment for that van or can you purchase these

    thank you
     
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    thanks you AT FUN wire and coupling ok but I think I will find something else to sit the panels ok

    thank you
     
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