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Old 07-24-2015, 02:28 PM   #231
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Ron, what happens with the 2 propane tanks?
That was a still under construction photo. Here's the finished version. It probably really didn't require the two diagonal braces because it can't rotate because of a pin through the tube. But lots of forces at play at highway speeds so I added the braces just to prevent it from wacking the trailer if the pin failed.

You can also see the souvenir from the Alaska Hwy., the dent in the lower corner of the tongue box .

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Old 07-24-2015, 03:49 PM   #232
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Can you describe the ETI square tubing fix. I am aware of the add on brackets and cable tethers, but I have not seen any reference to reducing the wind getting under the panels.
The square tubing is a fix for the 21 - not the same strategy for the 19. Don't know how/where that panel is mounted or why they chose the cable tie down.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:55 PM   #233
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The square tubing is a fix for the 21 - not the same strategy for the 19. Don't know how/where that panel is mounted or why they chose the cable tie down.
Charlie, the cable tie down method is for solar panels mounted in the middle of the roof, and they used to locate the panel there on the 19. On my 19, the solar panel is in the same location as yours - the rear - and the fix is the same - using the brackets.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:41 PM   #234
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We installed the fix kit on our rear panel yesterday. It was relatively easy, although we now have a button-tufted ceiling over our dining area.

In our case, the epoxy stayed safely bonded to the fiberglass. It separated cleanly from the aluminum square tubing instead. The failure in our case seemed to be a warped panel. one corner naturally sat a half inch above the roof and required a good five pounds of pressure to push it down. We readjusted the support bolts before installing the fix kit.

Now we're waiting for the cable kit for the forward panel, which has not failed so far.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:29 PM   #235
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[QUOTE=shrncnddck;102463]We installed the fix kit on our rear panel yesterday. It was relatively easy, although we now have a button-tufted ceiling over our dining area.


In our case, the epoxy stayed safely bonded to the fiberglass. It separated cleanly from the aluminum square tubing instead. The failure in our case seemed to be a warped panel. one corner naturally sat a half inch above the roof and required a good five pounds of pressure to push it down. We readjusted the support bolts before installing the fix kit.


Now we're waiting for the cable kit for the forward panel, which has not failed so far.[/QUOT

So. You drilled through the fiber glass and the foam vinyl ceiling.
Did you just tighten the nut so it was flush with the end of the screw ? If so, did you have trouble using a socket on the small amount of the nut that is exposed below the cap retainer ? This is a small backing washer that is not tightened up snug against the fiberglass but against the vinyl ? The instructions are rather vague but you prevailed !
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:55 PM   #236
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Charlie, the cable tie down method is for solar panels mounted in the middle of the roof, and they used to locate the panel there on the 19. On my 19, the solar panel is in the same location as yours - the rear - and the fix is the same - using the brackets.
The cable tie down kit is one of two choices that owners have for 95W solar panels. Bracket kit or cable tie down kit. If the epoxy bond fails, the cables retain the panel on the roof and brackets will the need to be installed.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:09 PM   #237
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So. You drilled through the fiber glass and the foam vinyl ceiling.
Did you just tighten the nut so it was flush with the end of the screw ? If so, did you have trouble using a socket on the small amount of the nut that is exposed below the cap retainer ? This is a small backing washer that is not tightened up snug against the fiberglass but against the vinyl ? The instructions are rather vague but you prevailed !
How about posting a photo of the kit. Just curious to see what it looks like.

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Old 07-24-2015, 10:34 PM   #238
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I'm not sure of the answer to this question:


IF the epoxied mount starts to come loose will the bolted mount create more damage by cracking the fiberglass if the washer on the inside pulls through?


At 1/8" +/- fiberglass the inner washer may be 'floating' on the foam/reflectix and dig in an edge if 'wiggled' by the hold down above?
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:54 PM   #239
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We are now wondering if we should think about putting the replacement solar panel that ETI sent us on the BACK part of the roof, rather than back in the original location, between the A/C and Maxx Fan. It appears to us that, if we put it back where it was originally located, the bolts would come through in the bathroom ceiling. And it looks to us like there is space between the bathroom ceiling and the top of the trailer.
We only have one 95W panel.


We would love to hear more from Classic 5.0 folks who are doing this!
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:53 AM   #240
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Other trailer manufacturer uses 1/4 in thick aluminum backing plates . Pat
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