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Old 07-06-2015, 10:18 AM   #181
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Our solar panel blew off!!

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Now what happens when the deflector blows off??

I think you would have bigger concerns than the panel in that case, since you will have just driven through a tornado. The RP45 is strong stuff.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:28 AM   #182
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if RP45 is strong stuff perhaps the solar panel should be turned to portrait position instead of landscape position and adhered with RP46. That way the fan acts as the deflector.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:53 AM   #183
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if RP45 is strong stuff perhaps the solar panel should be turned to portrait position instead of landscape position and adhered with RP46. That way the fan acts as the deflector.

I don't think there's enough room to mount it that way, at least on my 19. Besides, that would be several feet of high end VHB, which would cost around $50. Perhaps that's why ETI's method was to use epoxy?
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I don't think there's enough room to mount it that way, at least on my 19. Besides, that would be several feet of high end VHB, which would cost around $50. Perhaps that's why ETI's method was to use epoxy?
Wouldn't be several feet if panels were installed with the 4 feet that usually come with panels to mount . Pat
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Wouldn't be several feet if panels were installed with the 4 feet that usually come with panels to mount . Pat
That's very true Pat. But, I'm thinking the smaller mounting surface area would produce a weaker mount.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:45 PM   #186
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The solar panel mounting failure has been on 95W panels mounted to the dome of the roof. Installers have been successful mounting panels with VHB tape and caulking around the mount to protect the tape.
https://rvsolarstore.com/index.php?r...product_id=112
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That's very true Pat. But, I'm thinking the smaller mounting surface area would produce a weaker mount.
Not true if done right . Depending on your trailer manufacturer - bolted through first with backing plates of aluminum . Feet are then sealed with 3m 4000 marine grade or other's use Dicor to protect against UV and to waterproof etc. also these products remain flexible but seal . Pat
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Not true if done right . Depending on your trailer manufacturer - bolted through first with backing plates of aluminum . Feet are then sealed with 3m 4000 marine grade or other's use Dicor to protect against UV and to waterproof etc. also these products remain flexible but seal . Pat
Yes, but we were talking about a tape on system vs an epoxy, not a bolt on. If it's bolted on, the 4 small feet would be more than adequate imho.
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Yes, but we were talking about a tape on system vs an epoxy, not a bolt on. If it's bolted on, the 4 small feet would be more than adequate imho.
The manufacturers also uses the 3 m tape then some screw into roof or do a bolt through . Sealing up is the last step . No ? 's of panels blowing off . Extra measures . Pat
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:34 AM   #190
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Checking my solar panel this morning and am now wondering if I actually need the retro-fit Reace is sending out. Unlike the larger Escapes, and with the reinforced roof for the A/C, there is very little room for air to get under the panel on my 17B. I'm going to ETI next month to pick up a mattress and was going to have them do the retro-fit but now I'm thinking of not having it done. Am I being foolish?
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