Vintage Airstream expert Tim Shephard shares enthusiasm for flexible solar panels


TimShephard_FlexSolarTim Shephard host of Vintage Airstream Podcast sent RVWheelLife an email saying that he recently installed four flexible solar panels on his 1960 Airstream.

“A major benefit for Airstream owners is the panels curve to the roof and are virtually invisible,” he said.

Shephard indicated that after much research, he selected Go Power Solar-Flex panels.  Each 100 watt panel is 42-inch long x 21-inch wide and can be installed with screws or adhesive. Shephard opted for the “more is better” philosophy and decided on installing four panels for a total of 400 watts.

“The kit is fairly simple,” said Shephard.  “It includes the 100W panel, charger controller, and 50′ of MC4 cable.”

For details of Shephard’s installation process, read his informative three-part blog post and video walk-through by clicking here to begin.

Sikaflex221OnEdges_TimShephardFor his Vintage Airstream Podcast, Shephard interviewed RVing couple Jason and Kristin Snow who installed flexible solar panels on their ’65 Airstream to help them while they full-time and boondock without hooking up to shore power. That interview is available at or on iTunes under podcasts.

Read more about Shephard and his story of  “Restoring a Dream” by clicking here.

Photos: Tim Shephard and his 1960 Airstream (Bottom) Two of the four panels Shephard installed. (Vintage Airstream Podcast)

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