Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Anything electric, AC or DC

Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Postby John61CT » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:41 am

I need a lot of storage space, including on the roof.

Also want a Fantastic or MaxxAir fan.

But I also want as many solar kW as I can get to fit up there.

Hmmm. . .

I'm thinking a large DIY cargo box, with a sturdy full-width lid that opens sideways assisted by gas spring supports. Panels mounted uppermost on the lid, no shading at all from mounting hardware. Ideally slide-outs to increase PV capacity, but that's another topic.

Tilting when opened to also be used for angling the panels when far from the equator or in wintertime, that can double PV output.

I will have sturdy compressed air, so ideally I won't have to keep opening manually as I get weaker in my old age.

Also ideally, can be opened **from either side**, pointers on that please, my main challenge currently.

Don't care about the MPG hit so much, but strength & stability, **safety comes first**.

Bottom portion of box shaped to closely follow the roofline, deflector etc for as good aerodynamics as possible, also allowing for the fan toward the front.

To reduce the air gap below the panels, maybe circulate water for hot showers etc, but that's another topic.

In general I'm thinking framed in aluminum for any load-bearing, foamie/PMF techniques on the box enclosure part, that will be just clothing other light stuff, cognizant of vertical COG issues.

So, what say you hive mind?

Especially on the opening-either-side hinge engineering, and reasonably priced ideas for pneumatics lift assist, or hydraulics?

Links to previous implementations of anything similar to this crazy idea would be most appreciated, TIA!
John61CT
500 Club
 
Posts: 853
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:36 pm

Re: Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Postby GuitarPhotog » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:47 am

Remember that if you mount the solar panels on the trailer, you will have to park in the sun, every time. What will you do if the only campsites available are in the shade?

:beer:
<Chas>
GuitarPhotog
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 1713
Images: 55
Joined: Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:52 pm
Location: Grants Pass Oregon

Re: Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Postby John61CT » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:55 pm

That is true for solar in general, not relevant to this thread.
John61CT
500 Club
 
Posts: 853
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:36 pm
Top

Re: Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Postby John61CT » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:21 pm

https://www.opentip.com/product.php?products_id=8916232

Other ideas for lift supports would be most welcome
John61CT
500 Club
 
Posts: 853
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:36 pm
Top

Re: Feedback on roof cargo / panel tilt idea please

Postby greygoos » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:10 am

John61CT wrote:https://www.opentip.com/product.php?products_id=8916232

Other ideas for lift supports would be most welcome

Car hood hinge; a few dollars at the junk yard or as low as 10.00 a pair on the net
greygoos
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 462
Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:15 am
Location: Syracuse NY
Top


Return to Electrical Secrets

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest