Solar panel that tilts.

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  1. mike mcglynn

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    Not my choice Brian merely an observation.
     
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    Just an observation on my part too but could be why they have been discontinued, that and the size limitation of the panel.
     
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    I wonder if you could use 1 or 2 car hatchback struts to pop the panel up. All you'd have to do then is take a bolt out and it pops up. Most would maybe be too powerfull so you'd need one for a small door or the ones that just open the rear glass would be weaker. Might look into it myself thinking about it :)
     
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    Excellent - I'll try to find it. Just seems an obvious use for one of the early Oysters that can't be upgraded.
     
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    We saw Jasper a couple of years ago at the Lowery. Old, bald but he had the whole audience in stitches, a wonderful evening.
     
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    The home brew tracker worked a treat. The only problem has been that we never kept a van long enough to fit the damn thing. Its sitting in the attic awaiting fixing.
     
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    That looks great. Would it be safe and secure enough for driving? This website caters to houses, not necessarily for motorhomes.
     
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    American bloggers Gone With The Wynns very thorough article with test results on tilting solar panels.

    Highlights:

    Keep in mind they have a 10+ meter giant American RV. Those with smaller motorhomes will be limited by how much space they have on the roof, and therefore adding tilt will help maximize the amount of energy you can get.

    Also Europe is at a higher latitude than the US and therefore tilting will have a bigger benefit in the winter.
     
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    When we were in Germany we saw a van which had a solar panel attched to a TV arial which was raised and turnable. Thought it was interesting idea. Anyone else seen one?.
     
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    Yep
    Works well for us(y), especially this time of year for that extra bit of oomph to the flat panels.
     
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    Great! Does 40% extra oomph sound about right? Which tilting brackets did you use?

    I'd love to find someone that can install them for me. The few solar installers I've gotten quotes from don't want to use tilting brackets.
     
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    More like 200% for me. 3 amps to 9 amps tilted... Or is that 150% (n)
     
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    Hi @Fulltiming Felines
    We use the automatic Oyster system that Two on tour detailed on his previous post but Richard and Ann does have a fair point :LOL:.
    All the best.
     

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