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Old 09-16-2015, 10:32 AM   #371
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Unfortunately I have the smaller 95 watt panel so my bolt heads will be visible.
We have the smaller 95 watt solar panel in our 19'. On a recent trip to Chilliwack I stopped at the factory and had Escape "bolt down" the panel (amongst a few other things). After they had done the work, there were no bolts showing inside the trailer. I am quite pleased with the end result.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:40 AM   #372
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Now there's an $850 upgrade (I checked).
Less on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Go-Power-GP-RV.../dp/B00C90ZTDC
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:40 AM   #373
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We have the smaller 95 watt solar panel in our 19'. On a recent trip to Chilliwack I stopped at the factory and had Escape "bolt down" the panel (amongst a few other things). After they had done the work, there were no bolts showing inside the trailer. I am quite pleased with the end result.
I wonder how ETI did that? My repair kit includes 4 bolts and 4 cap covers. When I asked about that I was referred to the pictures for the 17" repair panel which shows the cap cover in the ceiling.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:42 AM   #374
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160 watt, mono, $215 plus $10 delivery on eBay.
I was quoting ETI's price. I have the smaller version and asked what it would cost if I should bring my trailer up there (to bolt on the 95-watt panel) and replace it with the 150 watt panel...no break on price for a replacement.
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:04 PM   #375
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Do you mean unbolt the present 95 watt panel and replace it with a larger one? If so, some would say leave it in place and add a second panel. You can never have too much solar power.

The point I was making is that the same size panel as ETI sells for $850. is available for $215 online. Making trailers is their core business but when it comes to solar there's much better deals out there.

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I was quoting ETI's price. I have the smaller version and asked what it would cost if I should bring my trailer up there (to bolt on the 95-watt panel) and replace it with the 150 watt panel...no break on price for a replacement.
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Do you mean unbolt the present 95 watt panel and replace it with a larger one? If so, some would say leave it in place and add a second panel. You can never have too much solar power.

The point I was making is that the same size panel as ETI sells for $850. is available for $215 online. Making trailers is their core business but when it comes to solar there's much better deals out there.

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I agree with Ron. Ask ETI to quote on the labour when you supply the panel.
But, do you really need a bigger panel? I used to do OK with a 50 watt panel.
It was just the furnace that defeated me. All summer long, no problem with the 50 watt keeping the batteries charged.
( Other than the noise, the smallest Honda generator can power the furnace and is quite flexible, charging batteries on the dock, running many things like amps and microphones at outdoor meetings, etc... Yes I know a completely different story.)
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:30 PM   #377
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I posted the 160 watt Amazon panel as it's an "extender" panel for the GoPower controller system, already has the connectors to mate with the existing wiring. Should make it a "plug and play" upgrade from the 95 panel; could certainly resell the 95 panel or mount it somewhere else.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:51 PM   #378
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Charlie, do you think that the extender panel would fit on the stock 95 watt frame?
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:17 PM   #379
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Charlie, do you think that the extender panel would fit on the stock 95 watt frame?
I don't know how the 95W is mounted on an Escape although I would think it's bolted to epoxied square rail tubing. There's a big vertical space underneath the perimeter framing and the backside of the solar panel itself; might be that it would nest right over the tubing that is there if mounted with the 160 panel ETI-provided angle irons (if they are a different size, but I doubt they are.) Want me to measure the inside dimensions of my 160 frame and see if it's big enough to contain your rails?
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:40 PM   #380
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Yes, if it is not too hard to do, may help me decide on which way to proceed.
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