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Old 06-01-2015, 11:08 PM   #11
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The 150 panel they use now will work with the 1500w inverter. Surprised if it was tape.
Thanks for the info.
We won't know till we can get up top exactly how it was attached. We have also just noticed a tiny leak seeming to come from somewhere a one the solar monitor...maybe the cord got yanked enough to break the seal in the roof. We just had a real downpour. Again, it will have to wait till daylight. Hopefully it won't rain too much more tonight.....
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:09 AM   #12
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Out of curiosity, does anyone know how ETI typically mounts these panels? Are they angled or flat? Raised or flush? After reading about this, mounting becomes a very important design consideration.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:53 AM   #13
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Out of curiosity, does anyone know how ETI typically mounts these panels? Are they angled or flat? Raised or flush? After reading about this, mounting becomes a very important design consideration.
Since we are going to have the solar installed at Escape we also wold like to know ? Pat
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:29 AM   #14
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The 150 watt panel on our new 21 is raised off the roof about 3-4 inches by four bolts, one each on the corners that go thru the fiberglass/gel coat shell of the trailer. The panel is parallel with the top of the roof line.
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:40 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info.
We won't know till we can get up top exactly how it was attached. We have also just noticed a tiny leak seeming to come from somewhere a one the solar monitor...maybe the cord got yanked enough to break the seal in the roof. We just had a real downpour. Again, it will have to wait till daylight. Hopefully it won't rain too much more tonight.....
Hi: FMLNM... Sorry to hear about your predicament!!! Here's a few pic's of how our panel looks up top. The bolts hold the panel to the aluminium tube. They're epoxy'd to the roof. Alf
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:50 AM   #16
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The 150 watt panel on our new 21 is raised off the roof about 3-4 inches by four bolts, one each on the corners that go thru the fiberglass/gel coat shell of the trailer. The panel is parallel with the top of the roof line.
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I would be surprised if that were the case. Our panel is bolted to two roof rails, but the rails are epoxied to the roof, just as Alf's are - the bolts don't pierce the shell.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:52 AM   #17
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I would be surprised if that were the case. Our panel is bolted to two roof rails, but the rails are epoxied to the roof, just as Alf's are - the bolts don't pierce the shell.
We believe ours were bolted to the rails and the rails were attached to the roof. But our rails may have been VHB ttaped, not epoxied. The panels were parallel to the roof, mounted between the A/C and the Max fan. Later today we will go up through the escape hatch over the bed and see if we can get a better look.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:52 AM   #18
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We just picked ours up and it is bolted to aluminum rails that are epoxied to the roof. I was told if it came off some of the roof would come off with it, its that strong.

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Old 06-02-2015, 12:15 PM   #19
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I seem to remember being told that during their testing the epoxy that they now use to attach the rails to the shell would not come off with out removing some of the roof the only hole in our shell is where the wiring comes through and they use a nice qaulity marine style grommet and lots of sealer
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:55 PM   #20
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This is the second Escape solar panel to blow off. Wasn't the other panel that blew off in the archives here using 3M VHB tape?
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