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Anyone mount solar panel to tonneau cover?

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by TacoRoyal, Feb 21, 2022.

  1. Feb 21, 2022 at 6:26 PM
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    TacoRoyal

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    Hello, everyone!

    First time poster, but PROUD long time owner of 2008 Tacoma double cab long bed. I posted the question below in the "Tonneau Covers/Caps/Shells" forum, but no responses:

    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:

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    $26 Renogy Corner Bracket Solar Panel Roof Drill-Free Mount for RV, Boats, 1 Set
    https://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Solar...363&sr=8-6&keywords=solar+panel+roof+brackets
    42ee

    What have you folks done?
     
  2. Mar 8, 2022 at 5:45 PM
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    BradleyS

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    I'm in the process of finally mounting my Prinsu cab and topper racks, a seemingly endless process it feels like right now. I'm making some custom rubber spacers since the ones they sent me don't work w/my 1st gen truck. I'm planning on mounting 2 100 watt PV panels that I have once I get the rack up. In the back I'm going to mount a 270 degree awning.
    The pic. shows the 1" tall 3/4" diam. spacers that came. I'm using 1 1/2" diam. 1" tall (plus some others) rubber spacers instead.

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  3. Mar 8, 2022 at 7:29 PM
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    TacoRoyal

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    Two Prinsus, nice! What cap do you have? Do you use it for camping, or storing your stuff? Watertight?

    Strange, some responses to this thread were deleted. o_O
     
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  4. Mar 9, 2022 at 7:59 AM
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    BradleyS

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    Yeah, strange things are abound. I have a 'snugtop', I use for camping/storing etc. I built a drawer system back there so I can have 2 6 ft. drawers plus a sleeping plat-form.
    I looked into tracks for the topper, but even more holes would need to be drilled. The intention is water-tight, using some RTV sealer for that.

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