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Old 09-17-2015, 12:42 PM   #391
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"My street side was about to pull off..."

Holy cats... on a relatively new trailer? Just got a feeling really happier with my smaller, portable, solar unit I keep on demand in the truck bed.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:51 PM   #392
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Well in preparation for Niagara I pulled BlackJack out and washed and while on the ladder checked the solar mounts. My street side was about to pull off, the curb side was tight.
Wow, that was close considering the amount of damage one would do coming loose and smashing into the vehicle windshield behind.

Good on you for checking before you set off. I hope people get their panels mechanically fastened before a major unfortunate incident occurs.

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:40 PM   #393
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Well in preparation for Niagara I pulled BlackJack out and washed and while on the ladder checked the solar mounts. My street side was about to pull off, the curb side was tight. So and hour later I have now installed the "fix" and have 4 pretty caps inside my liner. The bolts included in the kit were not quite long enough to use the washers, but it is a lot stronger now than it was an hour ago.
Sounds like you managed to get in on the tail end of the problem installations...glad you caught it in time!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:56 PM   #394
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Well in preparation for Niagara I pulled BlackJack out and washed and while on the ladder checked the solar mounts. My street side was about to pull off, the curb side was tight. So and hour later I have now installed the "fix" and have 4 pretty caps inside my liner. The bolts included in the kit were not quite long enough to use the washers, but it is a lot stronger now than it was an hour ago.
Wonder if the traffic side had loosened up due to big rigs blowing by? ETI said that of the 3 of 500 installed none of them were on a 21.............
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:50 PM   #395
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The bolts included in the kit were not quite long enough to use the washers, but it is a lot stronger now than it was an hour ago.
Mine were just the opposite (on a 19), the shoulder on the bolt extended above the bracket. I bought 4 shorter bolts and everything is fine.

My trailer is fairly new (2015) and the mounting looked very solid. I'm fine with overkill, having it glued and screwed works for me.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:14 PM   #396
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Mine has started to separate on the passenger side, back end.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:53 PM   #397
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Brush on electrical tape over the bolts?

Our solar panal is as solid as a rock on our 1 year old 21. None the less, yesterday I screwed up my courage (drilling holes in the trailer shell is a scary proposition for me), put on my official Escape Trailers Industry cap, and installed the brackets. Everything went fine, and per the instructions I covered the tops of the bolts and the horizontal part of the brackets with liberal amounts of the caulk ETI provided.

We have spent just over 100 nights in the trailer, and 30 to 40 of those nights have had temps below freezing. I am a bit concerned that on cold nights the bolts will sweat as the cold bolts come into contact with the warm air in the trailer. I happen to have a small can of 'brush on electrical tape' so I have been thinking about brushing it on the fender washers, and the nurses that are on the inside of the trailer.

Does anyone with more knowledge than me have an opinion about this? I don't know if it would make any difference as far as condensation in the trailer. And it would make it harder to check if the bolts start to loosen. On the other hand, the nuts are nylock, and I couldn't hold the top of the bolt steady anyhow (unless I remove copious caulk I put on the top)

I wonder if on newer trailers ETI puts bolt in from the inside before they install the headliner? That way this wouldn't be an issue.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:17 PM   #398
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I think the chance of the bolts loosening is somewhere between slim to none.

Anything on the interior ends would help with condensation to some degree. The thicker, the better. If they're inside the cabinet I'd use a heavy dollop of caulk.

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If it turns out to be an issue, I'll buy some foam weatherstripping tape from Loews. That has adhesive on the back side. Used to use it between the cap and bed on my pickup truck, about 1 1/4 inches wide by 1/4 inch thick.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:39 PM   #400
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I happen to have a small can of 'brush on electrical tape' so I have been thinking about brushing it on the fender washers, and the nurses that are on the inside of the trailer.
Dear lord sometimes I hate "spell check". I meant to say "nuts" but I probably mistyped a letter and spell check "fixed" it for me. I don't have any nurses in my trailer, and if I did, I wouldn't cover them with "brush on electrical tape".
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