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    Mine are Free Standing which can be moved to follow the Sun during the Day.
    Van in Shade and Solar Panel on 3 Metre Long Leads.
    Works well for me.
    120 Watt Panel and only run Fridge/Freezer off 110 AH Battery.
    Lights are run off a separate 80AH Battery which is only charged off a DC to DC Charger whilst travelling
    Also run a Hot Water System off this Battery

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    Mullet hunter used fridge slides to mount his panels under the roof rack
    and at camp pulls them out creating a verandah at the back of his patrol again not ideal.
    I really think you need to chase the sun for the best result.
    There are different angles for summer and winter,
    Bob's set up is what most would/should have KISS no more to say
    If needed I have a 50 amp Anderson plug on the front bullbar
    connected to my Aux battery if I need a top up at camp, but rarely need to
    now we have LED lighting
    Last edited by threedogs; 15th September 2015 at 10:17 AM.
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    I was thinking of mounting it on top of the basket area with a flat water tank underneath filling the void.

    As I said before I have absolutely no idea.
    Was even thinking maybe a 3rd battery might be the way to go.

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    stop there you dont want water storage on your roof , too dangerous makes the Patrol way too top heavy.
    Work out your Amp hour usage and go from there.
    I have a 50ltr water bladder here that fits across the floor in the rear passenger foot well if it suits your needs
    it brand new all Ive done is treat it to remove the smell. of plastic.
    Plenty of places to store water , your roof is the last
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    Totally agree with td, I would not want to have water storage on the roof of my truck, few times I've had a bit of a lean going, with that extra weight it probably would have gone from a lean to laying on its side....


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