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Old 07-25-2015, 02:03 AM   #241
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Yes, or fender washers.

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Old 07-25-2015, 09:12 AM   #242
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How about posting a photo of the kit. Just curious to see what it looks like.
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Not sure how to tighten the nut snug against fiberglass and still use the finish cap. Too much of the screw would be projecting from the nut. If not tightened up against the 1/8" fiberglass shell there would be a space in the foam vinyl liner. The screws through the roof are 3/4" long, 1/8"in diameter, and the washers are 1/2" OD. The aluminum angle bracket is 1/8" thick. Four brackets for each panel. Eight holes through roof for each panel. This bolt down kit is for the 95W panel mounted on an escape 19.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:41 AM   #243
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Not sure how to tighten the nut snug against fiberglass and still use the finish cap. Too much of the screw would be projecting from the nut. If not tightened up against the 1/8" fiberglass shell there would be a space in the foam vinyl liner. The screws through the roof are 3/4" long, 1/8"in diameter, and the washers are 1/2" OD. The aluminum angle bracket is 1/8" thick. Four brackets for each panel. Eight holes through roof for each panel. This bolt down kit is for the 95W panel mounted on an escape 19.
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Where in the ceiling do the bolts enter the trailer? Thanks!

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Old 07-25-2015, 12:40 PM   #244
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Yes, or fender washers.
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Yes a backing plate with two holes to align with angle bracket would be good. How do we cleanly alter the head lining ?
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:43 PM   #245
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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!
There is layout diagram included with the instructions for the 19. The bracket location supposedly offsets the bathroom. There would be less shading if the solar panel is mounted on the back part of the roof.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:12 PM   #246
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Thanks for posting the photo. It looks like the intent to improve appearance and reduce dripping condensation is to use the button caps.

I don't like the idea of compressing the foam etc., I'd rather have the washer hard against the f.g. But to use "as is" perhaps double nutting would work. Use a flat nut first, then the assembly provided. That would reduce the amount of bolt projecting into the cap.

Or, cut the bolt to the desired length. Put a nut on it, hacksaw it, clean the burr, if any, and remove the nut to clean up the thread.

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Old 07-25-2015, 01:34 PM   #247
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Where in the ceiling do the bolts enter the trailer? Thanks!
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The machine screws pierce the ceiling in the domed raised portion of the roof. I am not impressed and the beloved wife does not like the idea of a "button tufted" vinyl interior roof on a overpriced, do-it yourself travel trailer.
As an alternative:
We had a travel commitment to Colorado. Our collectors were poorly installed and you could see light between the square tubing and the gel coat. Rather than removing the panels for the trip, I adhered 1x1x1/8 aluminum angle to the inside of the square tubing and the gel coat with 3M 5200 adhesive. Drilled through the tubing and angle and installed #10 stainless steel machine screws and hardware after the adhesive was set up.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:45 PM   #248
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Use a small metal pipe or tube as a spacer so it presses up against the f.g. and doesn't compress the foam. If you can put a washer in between the f.g. & spacer to help spread out the load.
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Use a small metal pipe or tube as a spacer so it presses up against the f.g. and doesn't compress the foam. If you can put a washer in between the f.g. & spacer to help spread out the load.
Ah, brilliant idea!
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Use a small metal pipe or tube as a spacer so it presses up against the f.g. and doesn't compress the foam. If you can put a washer in between the f.g. & spacer to help spread out the load.
Would require an even larger hole in the headliner for an adequate size washer for backing.
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