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Old 06-21-2015, 04:48 PM   #151
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Do you have pictures?
the pics requested, This idea from Reace was pure genius.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:54 PM   #152
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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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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.
With all confidence I say that there is not better Company than Escape Trailer Industries, Behind this Company are Reace and Tammy, and this is what makes Escape Trailers a desireable purchase, I Myself offer to pay for the fix for My solar panel.
My solidarity and gratitude to Reace and Tammy, They always are wonderful. A rare gem to find this days.

Gerardo.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:58 PM   #153
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I sort of agree too, we don't know what the kit will include or what the installation will involve and I, for one, probably wouldn't attempt anything that would include drilling into my egg, (drill once and curse twice). I'm one whose lucky to be close enough to ETI that a trip up there wouldn't be out of the question and could be part of a couple mods I'd like done.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:21 PM   #154
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the pics requested, This idea from Reace was pure genius.
What model of Escape do you own ? The 1" square metal tubing appears to be epoxied to the gel coat. The same technique that has resulted in solar panel mounting failure.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:18 PM   #155
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Regarding the Repair kit...

This post from Reace better explains the repair process:

"The larger 150/160 watt panels which are now mounted on the rear of the roof are a relatively easy install as the panel is large enough that the bolt on brackets will bolt through the shell inside the rear side overhead compartments."

Good to know I can most likely do it myself.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:32 PM   #156
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What model of Escape do you own ? The 1" square metal tubing appears to be epoxied to the gel coat. The same technique that has resulted in solar panel mounting failure.
2011 and yes is glued to the gel coat Behind the solar p. Not in front.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:39 PM   #157
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Looks like an air dam to keep wind from getting beneath the panel to me.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:53 PM   #158
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I agree that bolting is the safest way to go. Having had several boats in cold climates with equipment bolted through the deck, one thing that can occur is condensation forming and dripping. Covering the exposed end can cure that.

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Old 06-22-2015, 02:51 PM   #159
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Latest update - after Reace's post yesterday we are now working on Escape to install our solar we always wanted. I had a feeling Reace would get this taken care of . And it was done very quickly . He listened and responded . Show he cares about his product . Pat
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Looks like an air dam to keep wind from getting beneath the panel to me.
Good Call ! Pat
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