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Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Jason craig, Jan 11, 2017.

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    OK, so i bit the bullet and purchased a 280w solar panel and the best MPPT i could get. I have made a metal tray for the panel that fits nicely into the roof rails.
    My question is, whats the best way of bringing the cables into the vehical. I would prefer not to see cables running down the roof.
    Any suggestions?

    Many Thanks
     
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    Search for solar panels on the forum there are a few threads with lots of installation photos.
     
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    This is quite a long thread, but here is a link to the relevant part of it.
    https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/thread...5-facelift-waiting-roof-rot-work.10526/page-3
    I had mine done like this and it works well. No leaks and no holes to drill. Simon
     
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    Although it is in German there are some great pictures: http://www.caliboard.de/showthread....%E0-la-pupsili&p=155963&viewfull=1#post155963

    I hope you do not have to be member to see the full sized pictures... otherwise I am happy to printscreen them for you.
     
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    That's a lovely high capacity and will make a huge difference to how you can use the van :). Physically, how big is it? I'm assuming it doesn't overhang the ends ;)
     
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    It's 1600x990 so it fits between the rails. I had a tray manufactured that sits on and secures to the rails. The tray is recessed so the top of the panel is the same hight as the rail. I will put pics up once fully installed
     
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