Originally Posted by cruising7388
If the AC is under the solar panels is its efficiency affected?
Not in the slightest. Or, if it IS affected, then it actually performs a wee bit better because the a/c unit itself is shaded from direct sunlight and doesn't heat up as much in extreme summer weather. These units exhaust along the bottom edge, and there's no restrictions in that location.
Here's an oblique view where it is more easily visible beneath the panels. And I had done the roof by the time this pic was taken.
The next typical question people ask is, WHERE did we get that roof rack?!
It was installed on Airstream Interstates of MYs 2004-2007. It's actually high-quality stainless steel like the kind you find in ADA-compliant restrooms where there are grab bars in showers, handicapped toilet stalls, etc. Given that it was already installed, we decided to put it to good use like this.
I've got a series of blog posts here
describing the 80/20 frame and other fittings.