Mounting solar panels on Jayco Hawk

Submitted: Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:24
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Hi All,
I have a 2005 Jayco Hawk Offroad and I want to mount solar panels to the roof. At some stage in the future, I may also put in air-con as well. Can someone please tell me where air-con units are normally mounted (so I don't have to move the solar later) and if solar panels are normally mounted direct onto the roof or on roof bars mounted to the edges of the roof. Thanks.
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Reply By: landed eagle - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:32

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:32
Cant answer the questions you asked, but be wary as to how much weight you put up on the roof. The lifters will only take so much.I'd be asking Jayco what they would recommend.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:36

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 08:36
I doubt that the roof off the Hawk is capable of supporting an A/C unit. As for the solar panels, doesn't really matter as you will have the entire roof area to choose from. The only option you may have for A/C is an underfloor unit if space permits. I have a Swan and because of the extensive window openings I don't find cooling/circulation a problem.
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Reply By: sastra - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:57

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:57
We have two 120w solar panels mounted on a square tube frame which screws on to edge of roof with angle bracket similar to boat rack.
Ours is an Eagle so same size and from experience I would not add any more weight up there with aircon.
Plenty of ventilation in these campers which we supplement with an " Endless Breeze " 12 volt square style 3 speed fan when it gets still and sticky.

Good luck

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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 17:11

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 17:11
Have a look at this thread in another forum. May give you an idea
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Reply By: roger80 - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 12:46

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 12:46
Thanks for the advice. I checked Jayco's web site and they don't offer A/C as an option so I guess the roof may not be up to it. I have only just bought it so I haven't used it in the summer yet. I love my A/C but I'll see how I go. As a couple of replies said, there are a lot of windows so it may not be necessary.
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