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  1. #2801
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    Default Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko View Post
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    - I looked at using those cavities in the front to carry wood (mainly). I have seen also gas bottles like above. What ever is there is sand blasted so I would recommend bottle protection plate. Looking into one of the images the van is used on sand roads. Aluminum plate is blasted.

    - I have not seen rot in the front but there is one area where it was found in our van. In the back where the bottom comes up there are aluminum strips in the bottom corner. Water gets between the strip and the vertical wall panel. Worth to make sure that is sealed AND NOT using silicone. Sikaflex. Dealer fixed the wood under warranty. I only noted the problem because the screws holding the strip let go.

    Normally the problem with wood rot is not rain but condensate/dew. If the van is without some roof over the van top is wet every morning. Thin layer of water seeps in. I learned that with our now sold Jurgens road van. I had to build the front new and even seal pop rivets on the roof top. All joints, aluminum strips and similar that are so where water can flow from above are suspect.

    I caught one potential problem on time. Water tank level probe connection was not properly tight. I filled up and noted afterwards dripping under the van. Overfill the tank and see what happens.
    G’day Jouko,

    Thanks for your comments. I will be making an aluminium chequerboard plate to protect the gas bottles in their holders. I will post photos once I have fitted it. I will also have a look at other joints to look at the sealing. The only obvious previous point of water entry into the van itself was around the roof vent. It has been sealed with something but I will make sure it is well covered.

    Michael

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    I have also installed solar panels on our 2009 Stargazer/Xplorer roof. Having struggled with 160W portable solar panels to keep two 105Ah batteries topped up in overcast weather I have fitted two 300W rigid panels. These are connected to a 30A solar controller. I used 4mm cable and ran it through the roof, replacing a junction box already there, then through cupboards to the controller and then to the batteries. Even with a cover on the caravan the panels are keeping the batteries at about 12.5V.

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    One complication which arose was that the added weight of the solar panels made it almost impossible to raise the roof. I ordered some gas struts on eBay and fitted them. However, they were so powerful that I could not lower the roof! They were rated at 670N. I removed them and propped up the roof on blocks of wood. Using a pole and set of bathroom scales I measured the weight of the front and rear of the roof - 46kg and 63kg respectively. I then went to a local gas strut specialist and he was able to provide me with the correct length struts. After some discussion we decided to give the front pair of struts a rating of 300N each and the rear pair 400N each. I installed these yesterday and am very pleased with the ease now of opening and closing the roof.

    Michael

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    Default Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Aldred View Post
    I have also installed solar panels on our 2009 Stargazer/Xplorer roof. Having struggled with 160W portable solar panels to keep two 105Ah batteries topped up in overcast weather I have fitted two 300W rigid panels. These are connected to a 30A solar controller. I used 4mm cable and ran it through the roof, replacing a junction box already there, then through cupboards to the controller and then to the batteries. Even with a cover on the caravan the panels are keeping the batteries at about 12.5V.

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    One complication which arose was that the added weight of the solar panels made it almost impossible to raise the roof. I ordered some gas struts on eBay and fitted them. However, they were so powerful that I could not lower the roof! They were rated at 670N. I removed them and propped up the roof on blocks of wood. Using a pole and set of bathroom scales I measured the weight of the front and rear of the roof - 46kg and 63kg respectively. I then went to a local gas strut specialist and he was able to provide me with the correct length struts. After some discussion we decided to give the front pair of struts a rating of 300N each and the rear pair 400N each. I installed these yesterday and am very pleased with the ease now of opening and closing the roof.

    Michael
    Why don't you use flexible panels? They seem to be in plentiful supply down under, they are light and are almost just as efficient as the glass ones. There's an Aussie on Youtube that tested various types of panels against each other and some of the flexibles performed better than the glass ones. I managed to source 2 X 100w flexibles in parallel and they work well with my 2 X 100ah batteries in the Explorer

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  5. #2804
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    Default Re: Jurgens Xplorer Fan Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke1098 View Post
    Why don't you use flexible panels? They seem to be in plentiful supply down under, they are light and are almost just as efficient as the glass ones. There's an Aussie on Youtube that tested various types of panels against each other and some of the flexibles performed better than the glass ones. I managed to source 2 X 100w flexibles in parallel and they work well with my 2 X 100ah batteries in the Explorer
    A bit late now to do that! It seemed to me that more people had problems with flexible panels than rigid ones. Horses for courses I suppose. Now that they are up I hope I never have to take them down.

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