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Old 01-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Roof Top Solar System

I use the E for camping out along the Appalachian Trail. I am trying to figure out a low cost easy to build and take apart solar system for the roof to warm water for bathing, drinking and even giving some stored heat to the interior. Anyone already played with this idea?

Right now I am thinking of painting gallon plastic jugs black and using a simple triangular design with insulation sheets on the bottom and back. would plastic film work for the fronT?

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Buffalo, NY
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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Better idea than using a black plastic bucket......truck inner tube

http://www.motherearthnews.com/renew...z80mazraw.aspx
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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that's a good idea
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Throw it on the roof between the rack bars, maybe strap a cargo net over it to keep it in place and just go. You should be able to drive with that up there. Surprised that I don't see this more often. Going to look for a decent sized truck inner tube now. I don't need one of these water heater things, but I want one now.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 PM   #5
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gonna try this out at bonnaroo this year
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #6
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This just screams latex allergy reaction to me!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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The inner tube idea might solve the OP's question for camping, but the idea of driving around with it doesn't hold water. That much added weight and wind resistance can't make a lot of sense.
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The inner tube idea might solve the OP's question for camping, but the idea of driving around with it doesn't hold water. That much added weight and wind resistance can't make a lot of sense.
Seriously? Wind resistance? You drive a BRICK.
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ahahahah. yeah i'm SURE just putting it in a basket with a net on the stock rack would be fine.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:22 PM   #10
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Better idea than using a black plastic bucket......truck inner tube

http://www.motherearthnews.com/renew...z80mazraw.aspx
Wow! That goes beyond Ghetto all the way to Hillbilly.

(I don't think you would want to drink that water and I wouldn't want to even bathe in it. Have you seen what the inside of an inner tube looks like?)
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