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Even capturing a small portion of the energy of the sun is enough to provide electrical power for most appliances and accessories without the need to fire up the generator or plug into shorepower.
The Roof Puzzle When deciding on solar-panel array, get up on the roof and scope out the layout. Take cardboard cutouts the same size and shape as the solar panels you are contemplating. Leave at least 2 inches between the panel edges and any obstructions, and allow room to walk around when the panels are in position. Once templates are set, record the number of cutouts and their sizes to make it easy when price shopping.
Solar panels can be mounted by drilling into the roof and using screws and/or industrial-strength adhesive tape on flat, smooth surfaces. Most panels for RV use come with mounting hardware and cabling to the combiner box.

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