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Old 12-01-2022, 11:06 PM   #11
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I thought I'd follow-up with an experience we had camping a few weekends ago. We backed into a site that sounds similar to the ones you typically encounter: full shade at the back, sun in the front. In our case though, the only full sun was where we had the TV parked, and in fact, there was really no sun on any of the TV.

It was also in the winter of course, and so the sun was low on the horizon. Ultimately, we had virtually no power generation from our panels on the rear shell, but having them on the front wouldn't have helped either. We would have gotten a little sun if they were mounted on the TV, but the real spot was to the side of the TV, where we couldn't have parked but still within our site, and which was about 20 feet from the TM batteries. So in this instance, portable panels would have helped. We had more than enough power for 2-night stay, so it wasn't an issue, but it would have been if we stayed for a few days more.

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Jeff... Did your installation require the panels to go under the front shell when closed> If so were you not afraid of seal issues or scratching the panels?
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