I talked before about not wanting to get on the roof of the Arctic Fox and move my solar panels up and down. So as I walked around the neighborhood today I took a couple of pictures that show what I'm talking about. Now putting the panels up and down is not all that difficult to do, but is not something you would want to do every few days. Putting the panels up and down makes sense if you're going to be someplace for a while, but if you're moving often then it becomes more of a problem. And it's also not much fun to do, and possibly even dangerous if the weather is not cooperating. Some days you might have to put them up or down when the roof is wet, or worse when the wind is blowing hard. And Let's face it as we get older our ladder climbing skills do not increase.
Tilted solar panels
Tilting the solar panel while Boondocking Quartzsite Arizona
There's a couple of people on the Internet that are experts in solar installations and I listened to them a great deal when I decided that solar was the way for me to go. One of those people was HandyBob he made a lot of sense in the things that he suggests, and one of the things that he suggests is that, if you have the extra money, and you have the room on your roof, put a couple of extra panels up there and just leave them all flat. His theory being that if you need four panels but they have to be tilted in the winter to provide the power that you require, why not put six up there and leave them flat all the time and not expose yourself to all the tilting problems. I was at one of the Quartzsite solar installer companies the other day and was looking at their tilt kits, and for the price of 4 tilt kits you could darn near buy another Solar panel.
So I will give it this year to see how that's going to work for me. That way I'll have a full winter and a full summer to see if the panels will do the job while laying flat. I guess the good thing is, if they don't work all I have to do is buy a couple of tilt kits and tilt a couple of them.