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Old 08-06-2015, 03:20 PM   #331
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If you didn't know... you'll need to keep an eye on this sealant over the years. Like all caulks, it's a yearly maintenance item, at least to check it. It's the same as they use over the windows and over the tail lights.
Thanks for that advice! We will make a point to check it regularly and renew it as needed. Out here in NM the UV load is pretty substantial and the trailer is not stored under cover.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:35 PM   #332
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Thanks for that advice! We will make a point to check it regularly and renew it as needed. Out here in NM the UV load is pretty substantial and the trailer is not stored under cover.
Have you noticed if your trailer has faded at all? I live in Las Vegas, and mine is not stored under a cover so I'm concerned about the long term effects.

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Old 08-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #333
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Have you noticed if your trailer has faded at all? I live in Las Vegas, and mine is not stored under a cover so I'm concerned about the long term effects.

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Well, it spent the first 5-6 years of it's life with its original owners in the Vancouver area with summers spent in the Phoenix area. It was in good shape but certainly not pristine and shiny as new. There was some 'chalking' on the upper half and front end.
Since we've had it here in NM we have noticed some loss in what was left of the shine, particularly on the roof and leading edge (where the bedroom is). It should be noted that we have only washed it periodically...no wax, etc. If we had one brand new we would probably have been more attentive to the waxing, etc.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:57 PM   #334
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Well, it spent the first 5-6 years of it's life with its original owners in the Vancouver area with summers spent in the Phoenix area. It was in good shape but certainly not pristine and shiny as new. There was some 'chalking' on the upper half and front end.
Since we've had it here in NM we have noticed some loss in what was left of the shine, particularly on the roof and leading edge (where the bedroom is). It should be noted that we have only washed it periodically...no wax, etc. If we had one brand new we would probably have been more attentive to the waxing, etc.
Thanks Fran. I think a periodic cost of wax should help, I hope so. I was going to build a carport for it, but my HOA would not allow it...
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We sent Reace the pictures also. He had sent sealant with the panel etc and this is the kind he used:
Geocel 28100V Pro Flex Crystal Clear RV Flexible Sealant:
http://www.amazon.com/Geocel-28100V-Crystal-Flexible-Sealant/dp/B001FC98X2
Reace recommended more sealant around the brackets so we will do that as soon as we get some more...it's been ordered from Amazon. He also said that the headliner issue is because they got a bit too close to the curve of the dome and, of course, that's true. But unless you are doing it yourself or are right there next to them while they do the work (not likely) it is really hard to convey exactly what is needed and the nuances of what happens if you're too close, too far, etc. Especially someone who hasn't dealt with this before. and hasn't been thinking through all the "what ifs". And once you drill the hole there is no going back. We're glad they got the bathroom side brackets on ok without going through the bathroom ceiling.
Were you able to recieve any monetary compensation or reimbursement for the installation of the solar panel and "the fix" mounting brackets ? I am hesitant to drill 16 holes in the roof of our escape 19 for two factory installed 95 W panels.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:33 PM   #336
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I am hesitant to drill 16 holes in the roof of our escape 19 for two factory installed 95 W panels.
I think the number of holes could be safely reduced to 8. Four 1/4" bolts per panel would provide enough strength to lift the whole trailer. I believe that the reason for 2 bolts on one end of the bracket is to prevent the potential for racking or swiveling of the bracket. The same effect could be gotten by putting the 2 holes into the panel frame.

If I install a fixed panel on mine it will be mounted on two rails with only 1 bolt at each end.

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Old 08-06-2015, 06:46 PM   #337
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Were you able to recieve any monetary compensation or reimbursement for the installation of the solar panel and "the fix" mounting brackets ? I am hesitant to drill 16 holes in the roof of our escape 19 for two factory installed 95 W panels.
ETI sent us a replacement solar panel and the mounting kit along with sealant and a small jug of gelcoat. Reace has been available and helpful in discussing the mounting procedure. If we had been able to bring the trailer to Chilliwack he would have helped out with the installation. ETI had no real obligation to replace the panel as it is impossible to really know why and how it blew off. It had been on the trailer for 2 years and we didn't even buy the trailer new from them.
As it was, the only cost to us was the labor to do the install...about $200. The way we see it, s&*t happens and we just aren't interested in laying blame. We wish it had not happened but we are grateful for the goodwill, concern for owners of their product and assistance that ETI voluntarily offered to us. They may not be perfect but as far as we're concerned, as a company, they are head and shoulders above anyone else we have ever dealt with.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:49 PM   #338
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I think the number of holes could be safely reduced to 8. Four 1/4" bolts per panel would provide enough strength to lift the whole trailer. I believe that the reason for 2 bolts on one end of the bracket is to prevent the potential for racking or swiveling of the bracket. The same effect could be gotten by putting the 2 holes into the panel frame.

If I install a fixed panel on mine it will be mounted on two rails with only 1 bolt at each end.

Ron
In our trailer it is 6 holes:
2 for each of the brackets on the curbside (4)
1 for each of the brackets on the road side (2) since that goes into the space between the roof and the bathroom ceiling and used a special bolt that expands inside the space.

As far as what you see inside the trailer, it is 4 caps.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:28 PM   #339
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ETI sent us a replacement solar panel and the mounting kit along with sealant and a small jug of gelcoat. Reace has been available and helpful in discussing the mounting procedure. If we had been able to bring the trailer to Chilliwack he would have helped out with the installation. ETI had no real obligation to replace the panel as it is impossible to really know why and how it blew off. It had been on the trailer for 2 years and we didn't even buy the trailer new from them.
As it was, the only cost to us was the labor to do the install...about $200. The way we see it, s&*t happens and we just aren't interested in laying blame. We wish it had not happened but we are grateful for the goodwill, concern for owners of their product and assistance that ETI voluntarily offered to us. They may not be perfect but as far as we're concerned, as a company, they are head and shoulders above anyone else we have ever dealt with.
Your words hold weight. If you are satisfied thats what counts in the end. I agree that ETI does try their best.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:08 PM   #340
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I'm liking the return to rationality here. Nobody does everything perfect, but all in all, Escape has been one of the best companies I've ever dealt with.
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