How to install solar panels to roof of van so they are stealthy and blend in?
Preface. Maybe I am being too self conscious but I dont want to be lumped with the cliche vanlifing glampers. I find it pretty cringey how mainstream it all is and dont want to be associated with those staycationers who do not respect the local communities they descend upon. I do not have any of the other accoutrements of a typical vandweller - no tinted rear window - no windows in the back at all in fact, so wonder if I could still pass as a workvan of some kind with just a couple of panels on top for powering of tools of the trade.
I have bought 2x of these. I received them and put them on the roof to see how they would look but the cursory look and they still stuck out like a sore thumb. I bought these slimline ones specifically for increased stealth.
Also the wires were a big eyecatcher when placed sideways so I might try lengthways to see if that will conceal them more.
When I have been driving around I have seen some other peoples setups of solar that look stealthy.
I was thinking maybe put a roof rack on around it, not over of course though even shadows on the corner may be of detriment to their output so not sure about that yet, depends on room up there which is tight. Will have to measure up.
My van is light metallic blue (ford transit connect) so I think that was making them pop out more than they could. I just thought that an easy way to do help is to paint the roof matt black then they will blend in to the background.
I know that they say it is bad for performance once it heats up but stealth is very high on my list and my electrical requirements are pretty modest that I dont mind taking a modest performance drop for maintaining stealthiness.
I have seen a couple of vans, when driving down hills where the roof was exposed, that this looked really discreet. I knew because I was specifically looking but the average jo I think would be none the wiser.
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