stainless steel mounts which will deal with roof curvature, but because of limited space I need to cantilever the hinge points for the panel so their solution won't work for us. I started by picking out hardware for the panel pivot and tilt bar pivot and then snagged the last two hand knobs the local Ace Hardware had with 1 1/2" long threaded shafts.
- I started with stainless steel hardware for the pivots, but stainless on stainless is known for galling problems. I was able to install and remove twice, but the third time required cutting two of the machine screws so I replaced the pivot hardware with steel that will have to be painted.
- The location is not optimal since the panel could be shaded by the air conditioner if the trailer is not positioned with the door substantially to the south, but it was the only location we had that would allow for enough access to tilt the panel. We'll use the 5' ladder we carry to access this panel for tilting.
- We have just enough space forward of this panel to install an additional 50 watt panel if necessary. We could install 100 watts on the loft, forward of the escape hatch, but it would be too high to access for manual tilting.
- Fast cure 3M 5200 would have been nice, but I have a local source for the standard version so that's what I used.
- Other RV structures (rubber roof, aluminum, etc.) would likely need a different attachment solution.