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Old 08-07-2016, 08:21 AM   #11
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Many of us have cordless vacuums and then recharge when plugged in.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:13 AM   #12
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I have tried a cordless vacuum, but prefer the B&D 12V one you have to plug in more.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:21 AM   #13
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For what it is worth, I spent the winter dry camping for 93 days in Arizona in a 17 with 2 roof top panels - a 95 & a 100. While they meet my needs during the summer with high angle sun, in the winter I needed to add a 160 watt portable panel. While I only moved it once or twice during the day, when perpendicular to the sun it often produced more current than the two roof top panels.

I use between 30 - 40 amp hours per day.

I checked with Escape about a month ago, and they gave me a price of $800.00 for an additional panel on a 19. It did require eliminating the TV antenna...
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:39 AM   #14
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Thank you for the kind recommendation. But no, I do not know everything about wiring an Escape trailer because A basic wiring diagram is not available to use as a foundation for making accurate diagnostic decisions. Using small gauge wire between the 6V batteries, multiple splices and color code changes on a dedicated circuit, and the use of unsealed splices on the exterior to the trailer electrical brakes are substandard electrical practices.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:49 AM   #15
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Yes, ETI installed 2 solar panels on our 21. We did not want an AC, so this was possible. Although in the beginning my husband had to wire them correctly, (ETI goofed), once this was done they performed just great. But we don't run coffee makers, a microwave, or any other electricity suckers.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #16
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I am considering mounting two or three 42'x21" 100W flexible solar panels to my 5.0TA. The number depends on space for mounting, though I doubt either would be an issue. I like the idea of mounting direct to the shell as opposed to using raised mounts.

2 panel kit

3 panel kit

This place is here in Calgary, and seem to have great prices on quality products. I bought a 12V 95 amp hour AGM battery for a trolling motor for $250, and will probably get my two 6V 225 amp hour batteries for my trailer there too.
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How are they secured Jim? I assume they stick directly to the shell?
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They are adhered with the supplied Dicor lap sealant. This is the industry standard for sealing all kinds of roof attachments.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:16 PM   #19
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Ok, newbie here getting a 21' next May, are the solar panels charging while you are driving down the road?
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Ok, newbie here getting a 21' next May, are the solar panels charging while you are driving down the road?
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