roof rack solar panels

Submitted: Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 12:16
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thinking of mounting a panel on roof of gq tray top.
is it best to rubber mount on rack or dont worry about it .
cheers
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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 12:51

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 12:51
I didn't worry. Fixed it to 2 Rhino bars. SS hinges to front to allow tilt and ss toggle snap locks to rear. All well so far.

If you're intending to fix it to a permanent roof ... something similar but sans bars should do the trick.

Cheers
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Reply By: davidta - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:21

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 13:21
Hi
My 80W panel has been bolted to the roof rack of the Patrol with aluminium brackets only for 4 years now.
No problem at all.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 16:48

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 16:48
Repco sell a small / miniature mount. 6mm studs with rubber vulcanized between. They are the perfect mounting for vibration. To much vibration can damage the cells of the panel and decrease efficiency.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: Robin-Outback - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 18:49

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 18:49
We have 2 only 100w panels mounted on our work vehicles as the guys stay out for 6 or 11 days and it powers the fridge and instruments. Never had any issues with the panels. The panel distributor says there are no issues and as they are doing the warranty on the panels what they say goes. We have panels 7/8 years old on the go all the time off road and never had a problem. They are mounted with aluminium angle with 3/8 gap between panel and roof
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Reply By: joc45 - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 19:26

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 19:26
I have three panels mounted firmly on the roof. I bought some 40mm alum angle to make a perimeter frame to bolt the three panels together. Makes it a bit stronger. Been over some pretty rough corrugations over the last 6 years with this arrangement, not a problem.
With the tray top, just make sure that stuff loaded inthe tray underneath the panels cannot accidentally bounce up into the panel (glass and all that....)
Gerry
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Reply By: Jimbo - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 19:56

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 19:56
Ozi?
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 17:18

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 17:18
You think ?? would have thought he would not be game enough !!
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:00

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:00
I'm tending to think so.

He's kinda like one of those little dogs that gets its ambitions and capabilities mixed up. You know, like a Chihuahua that attacks a German Shepherd.
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Reply By: handy - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 13:33

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 13:33
jimbo what this mean
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Reply By: handy - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 18:52

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 18:52
you blokes want to fill me in. or take your secret biz some where else.
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