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Old 02-04-2016, 06:26 PM   #11
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... actually with the talk of the solar mounting and any other bolt-on options for the Escape ...possibly a significant amount of the top of the Escape might be layered about 1/2" thick using honeycomb fiberglass sandwich similar to high end truck caps...good for mounting at any point on the roof and some insulation with a small weight increase.
The newer Escape models already have cored (sandwich) construction in much of the roof area to improve rigidity with the greater span required by the greater body width. This is good for shell integrity and insulation, but poses a challenge for solar panel and antenna mounting, because the core is not solid material that you can screw into, and it does not have high compressive strength so you don't want to bolt through and crush it (at least with the panels, although the antenna might be fine). Ideally, a cored composite panel would have solid inserts instead of lightweight core material where you want to screw into it or bolt through it.

It will be interesting to see if the 2017 model year tweaks include any additions or changes to the use of core material.
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:04 PM   #12
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We have had condensation on the same bolts in extremely cold weather. I found leaving the cabinet open helps.

Looking at the rust I would say they have been damp before.
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:05 PM   #13
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Not discounting condensation as the possible culprit, but have you also checked the caulking on the roof to be certain it's in good shape?
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:14 PM   #14
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I will check the caulking when I bring the trailer back out of storage. I had actually forgotten about the incident until I downloaded my pics from my camera onto my computer.

I will take everyone's advice...except StarvingHyena's. Although I can be handy at times, caulking is not in my skill set. I don't even own a caulking gun. Maybe when he comes down to pick up his trailer, I'll let him do it.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:17 PM   #15
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I will check the caulking when I bring the trailer back out of storage. I had actually forgotten about the incident until I downloaded my pics from my camera onto my computer.

I will take everyone's advice...except StarvingHyena's. Although I can be handy at times, caulking is not in my skill set. I don't even own a caulking gun. Maybe when he comes down to pick up his trailer, I'll let him do it.
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Go for it! Caulking is a lot like cake-decorating, but more permanent..... and, you don't lick your fingers afterwards.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:23 PM   #16
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Good idea . I notice trailer is a 2013 . I wonder if our antenna comes through like that . It is also a 2013 . Need to check . Pat
Checked mine today and no rust at all . Yay ! Pat
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:18 PM   #17
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Looks like a classic example of cheep off shore hard ware . All North American industry is guilty of using to keep cost down. And the zinc coating may as well not be there at all.
A 300 series stainless Would have been a better choice but cost more . Sharing two temp zones both would condensate but only one would drip rust onto linens and such .
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I'd be glad to help with your bolts. I'll throw in my caulk gun in my car. Would like to see your trailer anyway.


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Rusting nut and washer

I discovered this bolt with its rusted washer and nut today while unwinterizing in the nice weather. This bolt is on a vertical wall and is the top of two bolts that hold the bottom bracket of the awning. It is in the front cabinet on our 15. It does not appear to be caused by leaking, but there is some dripping from the bolt that appears on the liner material.

I suspect condensation as this cabinet gets cold. Curious that the bolt, itself, appears to be ok, but it is the nut and washer that have rusted. I also don't know if metal types come into play as the awning bracket is some "other" kind of metal, but then the carriage bolt itself appears to be ok. It also may just be a bad galvanizing as the lower bolt materials are not so severely affected. This does make me wonder about the attachments I cannot see, such as the upper awning bolts. It is certainly not something I expected to see after less than 3 years. Perhaps material choices will also be addressed in the newer version or perhaps a way to create a thermal break or insulate the exposed materials that go to the outside to prevent condensation.

I am trying some pipe tape that has insulation and a foil cover and applying it to the bolts to keep cold, moist air from reaching them. Will report on the success of this approach.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:47 PM   #20
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... Curious that the bolt, itself, appears to be ok, but it is the nut and washer that have rusted. I also don't know if metal types come into play as the awning bracket is some "other" kind of metal, but then the carriage bolt itself appears to be ok. It also may just be a bad galvanizing as the lower bolt materials are not so severely affected.
I think a reasonable guess is that the bolt has one type of plating and the nut and washer are simply different. I suppose the good news is that you could remove the nut and washer, and replace them with hardware which would handle the moisture better.
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