Solar Panel Mount

Submitted: Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 08:28
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I'm searching for a 'locking pivoting ball mount' to attach the 80W solar panel to. I'd appreciate any information/ideas.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:31

Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:31
Just up and down or 360 degree?

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Follow Up By: Grant S2 - Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 11:25

Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 11:25
Thanks, 180 degrees.
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Reply By: Racey - Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:49

Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:49
Try here on Ebay;- Solar tracking bits and pieces
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 10:51

Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 10:51
Can't help you with your search for a pivoting ball mount, Grant, but back in another life, we put in about 6 Mono self tracking arrays for stock water pumps.

Admittedly the arrays were much bigger than your 80 watt panel, but the mounting arrangement was very robust, and heavy, because of the potential wind loading. Even an 80 w panel will need some strong mounting points to protect against the odd wind gust. You haven't said where you'll be mounting this panel?

Below is what I did with a 160 w panel on our slide-on camper.



Used 3 x 300mm s/steel hinges on leading edge, pop riveted onto front of pack rack, 2 gas struts and 2 s/steel slide bolts, to lock the panel while travelling,



While this set up is somewhat of a compromise, as far as getting maximum output from the panel, it's an easy fix for travelling.

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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 12:02

Friday, Nov 07, 2014 at 12:02
A mate I go camping with has an Australian Off Road Odyssey camper. As I recall he has a drawbar mounted pole which has a swivel ball mount at the top for his panel.
If you contact them they may do them aftermarket.
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