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65"x39" Solar Panels?

So 65"x39" is a common size for solar panels. Does anyone have pictures of installation with the 65" dimension across the short dimension is the roof? I'd just like to get a feel for how it looks.

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So 65"x39" is a common size for solar panels. Does anyone have pictures of installation with the 65" dimension across the short dimension is the roof? I'd just like to get a feel for how it looks.
I plan to install a Renogy 260w panel that is 65"x39". The last parts from 8020 is scheduled to arrive this Friday. With some luck, I should be able to layout the panel on the van and take some pics. My plan though is to mount the panel lengthwise between the first and third roof mount position.

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I plan to install a Renogy 260w panel that is 65"x39". The last parts from 8020 is scheduled to arrive this Friday. With some luck, I should be able to layout the panel on the van and take some pics. My plan though is to mount the panel lengthwise between the first and third roof mount position.
Dave Orton has a panelof similar size mounted lengthwise so you will want to look at that, if you have not already. I'm considering putting the panels crosswise so that I can fit two.

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Cut a piece of cardboard to panel dimensions to see. Use the panel box?

Since I wanted a stealth (as much as possible) conversion, the panel could not be near the edge of the van. Did not even want a roof rack bolted to the Transit roof bolt locations. Even mounted the parallel to the van length, it is more visible than I want.

Here is a writeup on the installation and pictures of the same size panel installed:

http://www.ortontransit.info/solar.php

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Cardboard is easy to get but I don't have the van yet! I am planning to purchase, assemble and test the electrical system before the van arrives. This will keep me occupied during the long wait for my 4x4 conversion.

Dave, I like your stealth panel location, but I would like to use two panels. I'm less concerned about stealth. However, I would prefer that it not look totally goofy.
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(Transit cargo van LWB) no pictures, still in the process of mounting them. i got a big aluminum roof rack, (67x124 of mounting space) i am hoping to fit two 65x39 panels and one 45x26 panel for 610 watts total. i got a 14 inch roof vent too so that is the reason for the 26 inch panel, (39+39+14+26) the vent may cause problems but the entire rack an easily be moved forward or backwards a few inches so i think i can make it work
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Here is a layout with two 160 watt Grape Solar panels which fit very nicely on the Transit roof using the OEM tower locations.

http://www.impact3d.com/Ford_Transit...60W_layout.pdf

We have a number of customers who have installed this system.
I can do a layout for a larger array. Please Reply or PM me.

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Will the 65 inch panel fit crosswise?
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yes, there is at least 70 inches up there without overhanging the sides

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Here is a layout with two 160 watt Grape Solar panels which fit very nicely on the Transit roof using the OEM tower locations.

http://www.impact3d.com/Ford_Transit...60W_layout.pdf

We have a number of customers who have installed this system.
I can do a layout for a larger array. Please Reply or PM me.

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I actually used the roof drawing that you posted in another thread so I think I understand the layout. BTW thanks for sharing that. But I was hoping someone might have a photo of a 65 inch panel crosswise. Sometimes the visual impact is hard to imagine and does not come through in the drawing.

The setup that you have is very nice. But I am going for max power, 2x320W. Not because I need to, but as an electrical engineer, I feel like you can never have too much power available!
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