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Old 06-20-2015, 11:25 AM   #141
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bolt locations

We have a 2014-built 19' with a roof-mounted 160-watt solar panel bolted to 2 aluminum U-channels that are presumably epoxied to the roof.

I looked at this today to see what is under the aluminum U-channels on the inside. In other words, where would drilling from the top through the channel penetrate. The only good reference is on the passenger side at the collar where the power wire enters --it is about 1/2" to the outside of the wood strip that supports the overhead cabinet. The passenger-side U-channel is about 3" inboard from that collar. Seems the cleanest solution is to bolt into that cabinet support wood. It provides a reinforced backing, wouldn't be visible, and wouldn't require peeling back ceiling material, plus it avoids the power feed wire that runs inside the overhead cabinet along the ceiling. Those holes would need to be fairly exact, however, and I don't know how well it lines up. I also don't know how precisely the aluminum channels are placed from trailer to trailer. If the U-channel doesn't line up with the cabinet mounting wood, it's possible to make a bracket that fits over the channel and bolt that into the wood.

I'm just hoping this is a clean retrofit with clear instructions on where to drill.

Again, this is the 160-watt panel, so the 90-watt panels may be different.

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Old 06-20-2015, 12:09 PM   #142
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Bill,
Your larger panel is on the rear of your 19? correct. The smaller panels are between the a/c and MaxxFan amidships.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:18 PM   #143
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Your larger panel is on the rear of your 19, correct?
Correct, behind the air conditioner.

My understanding is that the 90-watt panel is smaller, so we'll see what this means for the kits.

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Old 06-20-2015, 08:20 PM   #144
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In My opinion, in two transversal bars glued to the roof and exactly the same as the original longitudinal bars bolted to the panel are not going to have any need to be removed since they will not affect anything, Au contraire, this will give a good resale value.
Reace installed a transversal bar behind My panel two years ago, it's function is to avoid the roof to sunk due the weight of the solar panel, it worked great! Is not bolted to the panel but is solid as a rock, I am expressing My opinion in something that I can see it works.
To remove the solar panel You will only have to dismount from the aluminum bars. And leave the bars alone.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:40 PM   #145
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #146
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Yesterday I received this e-mail from ETI:

Hello Pat,
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Escape Trailer Industries has recently become aware that their method of installation for the solar panel may fail over time. Within the past two years we have had three solar panels blow off of a customer’s trailer.
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As of June 8, 2015, we have re-designed the installation of the Solar Panel to a bolt on system. This will be applied to all trailers currently in production as well as any future trailer entering production.
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Escape Trailer Industries is currently working on a mail-out kit which will be sent out to all Escape owners who have had the Solar Panel installed in their trailer.
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Please provide us with your current mailing address and we will forward one of these kits shortly. We will have them ready for mail out by June 30, 2015.
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Just a note...if you have adjusted your solar panel after production, I would definitely add some bolts before you hit the road. Any panel we installed that was asked to be raised higher than our standard was installed with bolts.
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Could there be a better company than ETI? On June 1st FMLNM started this thread, by June 8th ETI redesigned the installation to a bolt on system and by June 30th they'll be sending a kit to all Escape owners who've had the solar panel installed.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:14 PM   #147
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Got the same email Pat. Once again ETI proves they are a customer service oriented company.
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Yesterday I received this e-mail from ETI:

Hello Pat,
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Escape Trailer Industries has recently become aware that their method of installation for the solar panel may fail over time. Within the past two years we have had three solar panels blow off of a customer’s trailer.
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As of June 8, 2015, we have re-designed the installation of the Solar Panel to a bolt on system. This will be applied to all trailers currently in production as well as any future trailer entering production.
*
Escape Trailer Industries is currently working on a mail-out kit which will be sent out to all Escape owners who have had the Solar Panel installed in their trailer.
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Please provide us with your current mailing address and we will forward one of these kits shortly. We will have them ready for mail out by June 30, 2015.
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Just a note...if you have adjusted your solar panel after production, I would definitely add some bolts before you hit the road. Any panel we installed that was asked to be raised higher than our standard was installed with bolts.
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Sincerely,
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Reace & Tammy Harmatiuk
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Chilliwack, British Columbia
TEL 604 703 1650/FAX 604.703.1651
info@escapetrailer.com

Could there be a better company than ETI? On June 1st FMLNM started this thread, by June 8th ETI redesigned the installation to a bolt on system and by June 30th they'll be sending a kit to all Escape owners who've had the solar panel installed.
Hi Pat . I totally agree with you about Escape being a great company and them taking care of problems . They have for me too .I think with their growth now and it happens with all companies . It is hard to oversee all your employees . I sure would like the solar install but for me I need to see that the panels pulling off are really solved . I love my trailer and am not unhappy I bought it .Pat
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Got the same email Pat. Once again ETI proves they are a customer service oriented company.
I would agree and be impressed if ETI would offer to pay for the installation for those of us that may not be able to install the solar panel modification. I guess that we will have to wait to see what "the mail-out kit fix" requires since the instructions have not been posted.
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I would agree and be impressed if ETI would offer to pay for the installation for those of us that may not be able to install the solar panel modification. I guess that we will have to wait to see what "the mail-out kit fix" requires since the instructions have not been posted.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all that qualify !!
My thoughts exactly. If it's drilling a couple holes and bolting things up I can surely do it myself, but we won't know until we get the kits.
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