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Old 07-23-2015, 12:31 AM   #211
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Solar Panel Reinforcement Kit

Escape's solar panel reinforcement kit came in the mail today. Four aluminum pre-drilled angle brackets, bolts for the roof, self-tapping screws for the panel, a half-tube of ProFlexRV sealant and an instruction sheet with photos. It looks like a simple and easy fix.

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Old 07-23-2015, 01:24 AM   #212
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Escape's solar panel reinforcement kit came in the mail today. Four aluminum pre-drilled angle brackets, bolts for the roof, self-tapping screws for the panel, a half-tube of ProFlexRV sealant and an instruction sheet with photos. It looks like a simple and easy fix.

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I know it'll be an easy fix for me - in 2 weeks I'm headin' to Chilliwack to pick up a mattress and to have ETI do it.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:21 AM   #213
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Mine arrived a few days ago. It was an easy 10 minute install.

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Old 07-23-2015, 10:07 AM   #214
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We received our replacement solar panel and the bolt kit last week, however Reace then emailed and said he was sending different bolts pieces because ours is a Classic 5.0 and the bolt placement needs to be different.


We sanded down some of the leftover epoxy from the original panels- could only get the rough edges off, there was too much to sand off without creating a much larger area of damage to the gelcoat and possibly the fiberglass underneath. We repaired the exposed fiberglass areas with fiberglass resin to be sure there are no leak issues.
Will update once we get the rest of the bolt kit and get it re-installed.
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Don't know if you've seen this but the writer does a good job explaining how to repair FG.

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Old 07-23-2015, 10:44 AM   #216
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Thanks Bob! We will keep that for future reference! Upon quick review it looks like we did pretty much what was recommended in the thread.
But we'll be better educated if there is a next time!!
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Don't know if you've seen this but the writer does a good job explaining how to repair FG.

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Hi Bob . He also explains no epoxy . It will only stick well to itself . Kind of know what happened here epoxy pulled off the gel gloss . I was also told by other trailer manufacturer no epoxy . Also a solar installer company . Panels need to be bolted to trailer and then sealed . Pat
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Hi Bob . He also explains no epoxy . It will only stick well to itself . Pat
Ah, I think you mis-read his quote He is correct, you don't need epoxy to do any repairs on your trailer. Staying with polyester resin is just fine. But, you can use epoxy to bond to f.g. It works well, however, you can't then use polyester resin over it, it doesn't bond and is low strength.

Epoxy bonds to both gel coat and polyester resin just fine. But preparation is key. The glossy gel coat will affect the bond unless it is prepped properly.

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Ah, I think you mis-read his quote He is correct, you don't need epoxy to do any repairs on your trailer. Staying with polyester resin is just fine. But, you can use epoxy to bond to f.g. It works well, however, you can't then use polyester resin over it, it doesn't bond and is low strength.

Epoxy bonds to both gel coat and polyester resin just fine. But preparation is key. The glossy gel coat will affect the bond unless it is prepped properly.

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I know Ron I am not very technical in how I speak . But I was told no way messing with the epoxy to hold the panel down . There are 4 feet installed bolted through with a mental backing plate . The plates on top 3m 4000 marine grade by trailer manufacturer or Dicor is used by solar installer to seal brackets from any water intrusion that may happen . Was told there could be a ? Of the gel gloss bonding to fiberglass . They would not take that chance .also a lot of proper prep needs to be done , another ? .Epoxy can't be old or not mixed right ,etc. By bolting through you eliminate all these potential problems . There was a reason for failure . I looked into this because Thought I was going to get it done . I have the pre solar install but I will watch and wait for awhile . Maybe never . Will see . Pat
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I know Ron I am not very technical in how I speak . But I was told no way messing with the epoxy to hold the panel down . There are 4 feet installed bolted through with a mental backing plate . The plates on top 3m 4000 marine grade by trailer manufacturer or Dicor is used by solar installer to seal brackets from any water intrusion that may happen . Was told there could be a ? Of the gel gloss bonding to fiberglass . They would not take that chance .also a lot of proper prep needs to be done , another ? .Epoxy can't be old or not mixed right ,etc. By bolting through you eliminate all these potential problems . There was a reason for failure . I looked into this because Thought I was going to get it done . I have the pre solar install but I will watch and wait for awhile . Maybe never . Will see . Pat
Absolutely correct. Bottom line, don't mess with epoxy on anything important unless you have the experience to do so. I've epoxy coated a 5,000 lb. keel and run the flange onto the f.g. Very difficult, high stress, salt water environment without any problems but again, preparation and experience.

Quite frankly, the first time I heard that ETI was using VHB tape to put panels on the roof I was aghast Epoxy can work but again there are several things that have to be done correctly. Personally, the only way I'd put solar panels on my roof would be to bolt them on.

Since I don't like bolts through the roof that's why my panel is mounted over the tongue box.

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