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We have had a foot of snow on our solar panels after a storm.  I have a snow broom that allows me to push it off from curbside to the street side where there is no awning.  We never leave the snow on very long.  We live in NH and have it in the snow for the last two winters. 

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We have had about a 1/2" of ice and 18 to 24" of snow on top of that here in Maine. The solar was STILL charging. We have waded down through waist high snow, on occasion, to clean it off. We use a foam "roof rake" type device and it works quite well. We find it all slides off easily, except maybe in around the ac. Maybe my imagination but it seems the dark solar panels melt anything on them and of course the wind up there scours anything else...

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If you have a single awning: 

Tilt the solar array up, with the low side away from the streetside awning, the snow won’t stay up there, it will end up in a heap on the ground… If you have two awnings, it won’t work well, though you might be able to achieve a few degrees of tilt. If you can orient the trailer so the panel is facing to the south or west, that is even better, the sun will melt any ice easier and it will charge like crazy.

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

Being able to tilt the panel very high makes working up top orders of magnitude easier - a good reason to not buy that second awning…..

John Davies

Spokane WA

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17 hours ago, John E Davies said:

Being able to tilt the panel very high makes working up top orders of magnitude easier - a good reason to not buy that second awning…..

John Davies

That's pretty cool. Those look bigger than the stock solar panels. To be honest, we were planning to get the second awning to have more windows open in the rain, but I was getting concerned about getting snow off with two awnings. Undecided again...

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Interesting topic.  We don't often have big snows here on the front range, but when we do they can be whoppers.  And heavy.  And wet.  I have a snow broom that I use to clear off the solar panels on our current sprinter van.  I hadn't thought about the implications with two awnings.  I'll have to get creative...

 

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Boulder, CO

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I live in Massachusetts. I'm having a Solar Panel on the roof added as we speak. In the past I have always covered my trailer in the winter, wondering if anyone covers the trailer in a way that allows the solar panel sticks out for winter battery maintenance?

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2 hours ago, Steph and Dud B said:

That's pretty cool. Those look bigger than the stock solar panels. 

Thanks, they may seem to be a little bigger, that is just a result of the iPhone lens distortion.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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3 hours ago, VBistro said:

I hadn't thought about the implications with two awnings.  I'll have to get creative...

I was thinking about a foam snow rake to clear the panels and then some kind of angled broom or car snow brush to clear the buildup behind the awnings by pushing it fore/aft and off the hull.

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Oliver LE2 on the way in July!

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Aloha,

We are going to be storing our Oliver Elite II outside next year and covering it in VA.  With a cover over the Oliver Elite II is the weight of the snow still a big concern?  We will have solar on top and never considered the weight of snow in the winter.  We're thinking we may have to invest in a covered way to store it as well.  Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom.  

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Unless you are planning on living in a VERY unusual place in VA, I would not be concerned with any of the normal amounts of snow that generally are received in the State.

Since I store my Elite II at a storage facility that does not have covered spaces, I use a CalMark fabric cover to help keep the sun and dirt off the camper during storage.  Certainly most places in VA get more snow than we do even though I live in the mountains of western NC.  In six years there has never been enough snow (largest was about 12 inches) that I've even thought about it.  And, what snow we get is gone within a day or so.

Bill

 

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