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  • #16
    Originally posted by mjrandom View Post




    The panels are still hinged together. I fitted M6 rivnuts to the sides of the panels, 4 each side. The aluminium angle is bolted with toes towards the centre down to the whispbars using M6 (M8?, cannot remember) screws and speed nuts in the slots in the bars. Panels are bolted with stainless screws into the rivnuts.

    I ran twin core 4mm2 cable up the rear opening to an Anderson plug screwed to the factory rails. The solar panel plugs into that.

    When we go camping I usually fit the roofrack and the panel bolts into that the ssme way. Rack has awning, shovel, axe and kayaks.

    Pics of the other stuff in my build, link in the signature.

    edit: I missed the word thin.
    Whatís the length of the cable youíre got? Which way do you route the cabling from the roof?
    2018 VX Prado

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    • #17
      My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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      • #18
        Still can't post picture but my wiring went through tail light
        Pedro

        2007 D4D Auto

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        • #19
          I posted that pic yesterday and nothing happened for about 24 hours. Weird.
          My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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          • #20
            Posted on another forum
            Pedro

            2007 D4D Auto

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            • #21
              Looks good.

              sorry pradosaur, missed your post. The cable on the panels is only 1m long terminated in a 50A Anderson plug. I ran 6mm2 from the battery box in the back (details in my build: link in signature) then alnog the side under the trim panel and out the rear door cable grommit. Up the back and along the roof seam to an Anderson plug fixed to the NS factory roof rails.
              My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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              • #22
                just testing using Postimage






                Pedro

                2007 D4D Auto

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                • #23
                  They were put in by copy and paste from Powstimage
                  Had to refresh after the error message
                  Pedro

                  2007 D4D Auto

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                  • #24
                    another test using link
                    Pedro

                    2007 D4D Auto

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                    • #25
                      Is that big vent in the van wall for the fridge?
                      My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by mjrandom View Post
                        Is that big vent in the van wall for the fridge?
                        No it is the vent for air cond.
                        I foolishly got a big unit and it takes up too much space.
                        A bad decision
                        Pedro

                        2007 D4D Auto

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