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Smartening up the roof

Now that the sides were painted, the obvious thing to do was to turn to the roof.


I removed the aerial and what remained of the coax cable. I tidied up the flashing, covering the protruding screw heads to form a smooth finish. Then primed the entire roof.


I then painted the roof with a few coats of the blue.


Michael had found a bloke selling ex solar farm panels in the Slough area. They were a very good price. He contacted matey and arranged to view them. Shortly thereafter, he drove up and after choosing two (Michael had one), tested them, before heading back. They are 490w 8x4 panels.


So, with Michael’s help, I fitted a couple of lengths of 3x1 to the ceiling, running coach bolts through.


Then, with the additional help of Michael’s mate, Froogy, we fitted a solar panel.

A snug fit!


I sourced a cable gland (unfortunately, I could only find a plastic one), then primed it. I disconnected the cabling from the panel on the truck. I then ran the cables down through the hole that was originally used for the coax and fitted the gland over. I connected the cables to the panel and checked that everything was in working order before I permanently fixed the gland. Finally, I painted the gland to blend in with the rest of the roof.


NB. Looks like the roof needs another wash down!



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Excellent work. I'm new to your blog. Hello from Ohio U.s.a.👋 Craig's cabin sent me over. 💖💫✌👣🌳

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Wizard Steve
Wizard Steve
Jan 12, 2022
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Hi, Welcome! I always suggest scrolling down to the bottom and the first post, ‘Introduction’, then reading back in order. That way, you will get the full story and be introduced to people and events as they appear. It saves wondering who people are and what I’m talking about in later posts. Most posts are two-minute reads. In it, I talk about my life living as a traveller, the ongoing renovation of my caravan and my beautiful travelling companions, Arian and Rowan. Interspersed, is my biography. I have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WizardSteve.blog/) and I’m also on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wizardsteve.blog). If you don’t mind, please ‘share’ far and wide. Enjoy! Wiz

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Looking good stev

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Wizard Steve
Wizard Steve
Jan 09, 2022
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Thank you

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Looks very nice, solar panel well that's just being posh lol no really I hope that you will get a lot of benefits from it. Would be interesting to see how much it can run

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Wizard Steve
Wizard Steve
Jan 09, 2022
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Overnight, the batteries are sitting at a minimum of 12.4v. Depending on weather, batteries will charge at a maximum of 13.7v before charge controller reaches input capacity. At some point (when I can afford to), I will upgrade the charge controller

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Mark Thelwell
Mark Thelwell
Jan 09, 2022

Keeping busy helps 👍

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