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#1 The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:39 AM

Hey Everyone,
 
We had been thinking about solar panels since day one of our full-time casita experience but we did not want to have to drill through our little egg's fiberglass shell and didn't want to spend too much to have it installed professionally. We took to the forums looking for ideas and ended up creating a little Frankenstein installation process by compiling a little bit of everything we had researched.
 
That being said, I just wanted to share a little guide we put together for anyone that is interested in having solar panels without having to drill through their fiberglass roof. This is a minimal drill install, in that, you will only have to drill into your battery box and through your grey water PVC vent.
 
Attached you will find a step by step instruction with visual aids to help you along your way. We did this install back in November and have logged over 10k miles with the panels on the roof and they are still as sturdy as can be.
 
Feel free to shoot us any questions/comments/concerns. We'll answer to the best of our knowldge.
 
- The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:37 PM

Nice. Thanks.

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#3 LHCAZ

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 05:38 AM

Thanks for that. I've got a panel in the shop that wants to live on top of the Casita. I like your install. I "might" add a single rivet on each end of the brackets just for a belt and suspender kinda thing. One rivet on the ends wouldn't hold the system alone but would make me more comfy that they wouldn't "peel up" over time. Arizona sun can do some interesting things.


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#4 Joe Z

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 09:43 AM

Very good writeup

Thanks :)


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#5 The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:19 AM

No problem guys! Hope it helps.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:23 AM

That's a great post for your first post..... Welcome aboard. I can see you will be a contributor..... Your going to really like this site, :)

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:19 AM

Hey Everyone,
 
We had been thinking about solar panels since day one of our full-time casita experience but we did not want to have to drill through our little egg's fiberglass shell and didn't want to spend too much to have it installed professionally. We took to the forums looking for ideas and ended up creating a little Frankenstein installation process by compiling a little bit of everything we had researched.
 
That being said, I just wanted to share a little guide we put together for anyone that is interested in having solar panels without having to drill through their fiberglass roof. This is a minimal drill install, in that, you will only have to drill into your battery box and through your grey water PVC vent.
 
Attached you will find a step by step instruction with visual aids to help you along your way. We did this install back in November and have logged over 10k miles with the panels on the roof and they are still as sturdy as can be.
 
Feel free to shoot us any questions/comments/concerns. We'll answer to the best of our knowldge.
 
- The Eggstraterrestrial

thanks for taking the time......I'm in the contemplation stages right now over solar.



#8 The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:01 AM

No Problem, Tampa Rick. We do a lot of dry camping, not to mention we are living in our little beast full-time, so for us, solar panels on the egg is the equivalent of panels on a house. For us, the experience has been incredibly beneficial. That being said, I think it all depends on your needs for power while camping.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:05 PM

What was your source for the panels?

Thanks

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#10 The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:05 PM

What was your source for the panels?

Thanks

DT

 

We bought everything through Amazon.

 

Here are the links to the panels and adjustable mounting bracket.

 

Renogy 50 watt Starter kit (1st panel, includes charge controller)

http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o00_s00

 

Renogy 50 watt panel (2nd panel)

http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o00_s01

 

Adjustable mounting bracket

http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o00_s00

 

-The Eggstraterrestrial







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