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I do not full time... Because they are mounted dead horizontal, rain or wash water pools and evaporates instead of draining, and the raised lip around the perimeter does not help. I tilted mine down one hole in the left brackets so they will drain a little better. After washing, I climb on a ladder and blast them dry with a leaf blower, followed by cotton towels to prevent hard water spots.

Besides being very ugly and unaerodynamic, it is a stupid design for on top of an RV roof. I still love having them, but wish they were not there at other times.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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When I wash the Oliver - usually 2- 4 times a year about half the time I do a full wash top to bottom - I hate it - have to get out the ladders - and brush with extension - crawl around up in the air - I am getting cranky as I see more birthdays...... but I hate waxing even more - it is an RV after all - why do I feel the need to have it shine like a concourse level collectable. Yes you guessed right - I just washed Ollie and am about half way through the wax job.🤕

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1 hour ago, BackofBeyond said:

Yes you guessed right - I just washed Ollie and am about half way through the wax job.

Can I assume that you have close to zero interest in waxing mine when you are done with yours?

Actually I don't really mine waxing the lower 2/3 but doing the roof is a real pain when the driveway is fairly sloped.

As far as the solar panels are concerned - I really wouldn't think that full timing or not makes a bunch of difference.  I've never seen much difference in the performance of the panels even though I'm sure that they do perform better when squeaky clean.  During my longest trip every year - about two months - I travel some very dusty roads.  But, it seems that the rain takes care of most of the "dirt" problem such that I have never even tried to clean them while on these trips.

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2 hours ago, BackofBeyond said:

have to get out the ladders - and brush with extension

B.O.B.

Will the roof support my weight (170) if I have to get up there.

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Yes.

But, given the amount of room to walk around and the smoothness of the fiberglass it is certainly not all that safe to be walking around up there.  I am virtually always on my hands and knees with some sort of pad under my knees.  This pad serves two purposes - 1 - makes it a bit more comfortable on the knees and -2- it helps distribute the weight (165 pounds) over a larger area.

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8 minutes ago, topgun2 said:

Yes.

But, given the amount of room to walk around and the smoothness of the fiberglass it is certainly not all that safe to be walking around up there.  I am virtually always on my hands and knees with some sort of pad under my knees.  This pad serves two purposes - 1 - makes it a bit more comfortable on the knees and -2- it helps distribute the weight (165 pounds) over a larger area.

Bill

Bill,

I'm still weighing the pros and cons of the roof panel install vs only carrying around the 230w portable and charging through the solar port.  I'm now leaning toward the roof mounted option and carrying around a smaller 170w portable, just wanted to know the problems with the care of the roof panels.  For sure I like the idea of spreading out my weight and use of some grippy knee pads, no walking around up there 🙂

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31 minutes ago, johnwen said:

Bill,

I'm still weighing the pros and cons of the roof panel install vs only carrying around the 230w portable and charging through the solar port.  I'm now leaning toward the roof mounted option and carrying around a smaller 170w portable, just wanted to know the problems with the care of the roof panels.  For sure I like the idea of spreading out my weight and use of some grippy knee pads, no walking around up there 🙂

 

Buy a Coleman eggcrate pad, cut it in half lengthwise.

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Lay it along the inside of the awning, it gives you a very secure place to crawl around and do stuff. These arms REALLY help:

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https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/2791-how-to-solar-panel-extension-arms/

Secure your ladder with an old towel for padding, use rope or a couple of bungee cords to tie it to the awning so it doesn’t fall over and leave you alone and stranded without a phone on the roof !!!!! If you really clean the gelcoat, with solvent and a clay bar, followed by wax, it is slicker than snot, but the foam is grippy and makes it safe enough.

John Davies

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Thanks John 🙂

3 hours ago, topgun2 said:

Yes.

But, given the amount of room to walk around and the smoothness of the fiberglass it is certainly not all that safe to be walking around up there.  I am virtually always on my hands and knees with some sort of pad under my knees.  This pad serves two purposes - 1 - makes it a bit more comfortable on the knees and -2- it helps distribute the weight (165 pounds) over a larger area.

Bill

Bill,

I'm still weighing the pros and cons of the roof panel install vs only carrying around the 230w portable and charging through the solar port.  I'm now leaning toward the roof mounted option and carrying around a smaller 170w portable, just wanted to know the problems with the care of the roof panels.  For sure I like the idea of spreading out my weight and use of some grippy knee pads, no walking around up there 🙂

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3 hours ago, johnwen said:

Bill,

I'm still weighing the pros and cons of the roof panel install vs only carrying around the 230w portable and charging through the solar port.  I'm now leaning toward the roof mounted option and carrying around a smaller 170w portable, just wanted to know the problems with the care of the roof panels.  For sure I like the idea of spreading out my weight and use of some grippy knee pads, no walking around up there 🙂

The roof has no problem supporting my lard behind. I try to spread out the load have used pads before, but mostly just kind of lean out onto the roof, and also kneel where needed.

Sure Top gun, bring it over - oh wait I may not be here..... I'll leave the materials out  - just in case.

Roof panels are NO problem. I have never regretted the roof panels or the solar set up. And now that I i have the smaller gen set - bring it on - seems most of this summers trips will be hook up free anyways. 

 

JD - is that a speck of dirt I see on that roof? Nah, probably just the skid marks of some bug that though it could hang..... no chance on that surface.

RB

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1 hour ago, BackofBeyond said:

Sure Top gun, bring it over - oh wait I may not be here..... I'll leave the materials out  - just in case.

GREAT! - I can wait for your return and I assume that the beverages in the fridge are cold? 😂

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In between washing the trailer, I usually let the rain take care of cleaning the panels. 

Last week, we had a lot of maple whirlybird seeds flying, so I'd get on a step stool, take my cheap light string mop and lightly  brush those off the panels. (I wouldn't use anything coarse or stiff that could scratch them) The seeds, like leaves,  can shade the cells, of course. 

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