Solar panel removing

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  1. stevec

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    I'm tempted to remove the solar system from my current MH to fit on my next one. Has anyone removed the brackets sikaflexed to the roof. I read one post on here that suggested a thin wire (I have plenty of old guitar strings) used to cut through it but the OP was going to triy it and didn't post his results.
     
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    It's not worth the effort. I would just buy or make new brackets
     
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    I would be getting new everything with my new motorhome, personally I think just leaving brackets on the roof with no panel is not on

    and what about the cables, what are you going to do about resealing the point of entry

    I guess a little depends on whether you are selling privately or back to a dealer, but IMO a motorhome with solar panels removed would not be very attractive to me as a buyer
     
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    agree completely
     
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    Would leave the system installed if sold to a private buyer. But the dealer I'm buying from knows I may remove the system. He was happy with that as long as I leave everything sealed up. I would not remove the panel without also removing the brackets. All or nothing in my opinion. I would not want to reuse the brackets. If it's a lot of bother with uncertain results then I'll leave everything as is. That's why I want advice from someone who has done it (or attempted it)
     
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    Did it 2 weeks ago.. A guitar string should do the job ok..
    I had some wire rope and split one strand from it, ran the wire back and forth under the mounting bracket and off in seconds. Then a flat chiesel to take off the larger excess from the roof.
    Was fitting a larger panel elsewhere and used new brackets ( Ali angle) ...
     
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    For the time and trouble involved, I'd leave it alone.

    How much are a used panel and brackets worth ? Take this as an opportunity to upgrade and buy new, imo
     
  8. JJ

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    Took me two days last week...

    I used a Stanley knife, a chisel and four tons of patience...

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    I should confess I used this for more time than I spent cutting through the Sikaflex though...

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    I wish Mr Tonka had been here...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    We had the solar panel moved from a previous van twice to new ones by the dealers as part of the deal, no problems with us wanting it done either.
     
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    Not sure how old your panels are, but why not use it as an opportunity to upgrade to a newer system, may even be more efficient than your current one.
     
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    Left solar panel on last motorhome and it was only bolted to roof rails and 18months old. Not worth the hassle of taking it off. But I did change MPPT controller for another one I already had. New 100w panel for current motorhome was only £89.00 on ebay.
    But i did get dealer to change KHV satellite dome and gaslow system and install barbeque point for free.
     
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    I reckon I'd save about £300 by removing the system and reinstalling on the new MH. It's only just over a year old. 120W with Tracer MPPT regulator and remote display. If I was buying new I would go for 150W panel and the Schaudt MPPT regulator (to go with the EBL99 on the new MH). MH is currently up for sale but also have a good offer of PX from dealer. But the extra from a private sale would be welcome (and pay for the new solar system).
     
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    One of the panels on the Hymer now has been on two of my earlier vans and is still pumping out those amps...

    JJ :cool:
     
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