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Anyone mount solar panel to tonneau cover?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by TacoRoyal, Feb 20, 2022.

  1. Feb 20, 2022 at 7:45 AM
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    Good morning, everyone!

    First time poster, but PROUD long time owner of 2008 Tacoma double cab long bed.

    Anyway, I mounted a Prinsu cab rack to my roof and, to that, mounted a 255 watt solar panel. Did that with 24 steel right angle corner braces and 1/4x20 bolts. If all 24 of those fail, a 1/8" galvanized steel braided rope running through the panel frame will hold it to the rack as well. Did this back in early January. I wanted to double my voltage, so really want to mount another identical solar panel to my Undercover tonneau cover.

    I was thinking of using these mounts since I do not want to drill any holes in my tonneau:

    https://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Solar...363&sr=8-6&keywords=solar+panel+roof+brackets 42ee

    What have you folks done?
     
  2. Feb 21, 2022 at 6:23 PM
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    Hmmm, I am surprised and a bit disappointed at the lack of responses. Oh well.
     
  3. Feb 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
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    Pictures?

    I’ve thought about mounting panels to my camping trailer, but decided if I need more power than the battery already installed, I’d go with suitcase panels and a Goal Zero portable battery. So far, the Northstar battery is more than my trips require.

    had not thought of mounting panels to the tonneau cover (OE tri-fold).

    curious what you are using the solar for.
     
  4. Feb 28, 2022 at 10:55 AM
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    Hi, just a means to recharge some batteries in case, you know...EMP, hurricane, cyberattack, CME, WW3, etc.
     
  5. Mar 1, 2022 at 2:01 PM
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    Oh, and I will post pictures shortly!
     
  6. Mar 2, 2022 at 9:26 AM
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    Pics of the mounting of my 255 watt solar panel to the Prinsu rack. I did not want to drill a hole in my roof to feed the solar panel wires, so I inserted a 2" wide piece of lexan into the rear sliding window frame and drilled holes in that. Sealed with silicone. I then used a strip of clear-ish adhesive vinyl (Oracal 651) to tape the lexan to the window as a seal where they butt up to one another.

    Solar panel is so secure, I can grab it and shake the whole truck.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2022 at 9:27 AM
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    Interesting. That is great for off grid camping. Come in handy when the EMP zombies get here from Russia.
     

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