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Old 06-10-2015, 12:29 AM   #111
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Have driven 65 - 70 mph in gusty 60 mph crosswinds for better part of two days travel through Montana and Alberta and my solar panel is intact. I suspect problems are less related to speed and wind, and more related to bond quality on individual installations.
I (retired mechanical engineer) agree. Prep for an epoxy bond is crucial and in the factory environment at ETI it could certainly vary. Reace changing the design to a bolt-on eliminates that key variable.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:35 AM   #112
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Charlie, that's exactly right. Any other solution is over thinking the problem, and complicating the solution.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:50 AM   #113
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L brackets could be fiberglassed in the correct location then jell coated kinda like the wood is fiberglassed for the cabinet connection. I'm a big fan of limiting the holes drilled through the shell, especially in the roof.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:15 PM   #114
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Perhaps someday Dometic could offer a solar panel flush built into their air conditioner cowling. It's done now in the roofs of electric cars. Dometic builds a large volume of RV air conditioners and should be able to offer this feature as a cost effective option. Benefits would be a high position to catch the sun, a clean look and solid mount.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:20 PM   #115
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Just checked my solar panel and still seems to be solidly fastened after 12,000+ miles.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:32 PM   #116
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While the bolted on solution is more failsafe, we may not have the skill nor the time to apply tbe change immediately. I wonder if it is possible to do a simple inspection before each trip to minimize the risk? What's the odd of the panel to come off if it doesn't already show sign of detachment ?
I have the same concern, I am not handy at all, and I don't have the skill to install the bolts, if I start drilling holes in My trailer for sure will end up with a mini golf club in My roof, But I am sure that in this recall for the solar panel, Reace and Tammy will solve the problem for unskilled persons like Me.

Or it might be that some solar panels after a safety inspection at ETI pass, and will not need the bolts after all. But I will leave this to the professionals.
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:17 PM   #117
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This concern is definitely limiting our travel plans. I may have to remove the panels until we receive the "backup to epoxy fix".
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:47 PM   #118
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Just checked my solar panel and still seems to be solidly fastened after 12,000+ miles.
More like 4000 for me.

I've stress tested the bonding by driving at 70, subjecting it to 80 mph crosswinds, and taking it down incredibly bumpy gravel roads (not all at the same time). I went up on a ladder and see no evidence of any issue.

That said, I'd happily install a mechanical reinforcement if one becomes available. It's been a few decades since engineering school; but I'm reasonably handy with no fear of drilling holes in a $30k toy.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #119
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More like 4000 for me.

I've stress tested the bonding by driving at 70, subjecting it to 80 mph crosswinds, and taking it down incredibly bumpy gravel roads (not all at the same time). I went up on a ladder and see no evidence of any issue.

That said, I'd happily install a mechanical reinforcement if one becomes available. It's been a few decades since engineering school; but I'm reasonably handy with no fear of drilling holes in a $30k toy.
One thing is fear and another a humble admission of limitations. That said I am far away of feeling fear about anything.

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Old 06-17-2015, 06:22 PM   #120
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Solar panel. I have, in my life been in situations where fear was a valid emotion at the time. However fearing breakdowns, blowouts, dislocated solar panels, speeding tickets and other day to day eventualities, has never been a cause for fear. You're only gonna live so long, respect the weather and the physics at hand, develop your plan and put the hammer down. It's worked for me for going on 7 decades and I'm not changing now. ETI has consistently shown me that they have a great corporate moral compass, I'll ride with them any where any day.
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