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Wonder if they make bifacials that would fit. Even more output on a light colored van.
 

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Here's what I did.
The Maxxair couldn't go in the last roof panel as the liftgate would hit it (barn doors would be OK).
I built a frame of 1.5 x 1.5 aluminum angle to hold 3 100W Renogy panels and fixed it to the inside of the roof rails with ss screws.
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I 1/2 cut the longitudinal pieces where the panels join so they bend to fit the roof rails.
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From the side they're flush with the top so they don't show except at the front where I trimmed them a bit but could have done better.
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With the panels mounted on the right there's 2 inches on the left where the connectors can go.
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There was some wind noise so I covered the gap at the front with 1/4 split pool noodle and covered with black gorilla.

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To get the leads inside I drilled holes in the vertical lip at the side of the roof. A bit tricky as there is another layer of steel in there. I fished the leads down the c pillar inside vinyl tube (cheap garden hose) to protect them. I cleaned the roof really well and sealed with silicone.
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From the c pillar I fed the leads under the floor mat next to the seat rail (a7).
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From there it went to the controller, battery, fuse panel and inverter under the driver's seat.
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It' been there over 2-1/2 years and no problems so far.
 
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