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Old 11-02-2015, 07:57 AM   #431
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Memobug,
The fiberglass reinforcement cap is the extra layer of fiberglass that extends across the whole roof in the area where the air conditioner is or would be located. It is at least a quarter inch thick. There is a gap of an inch between this outer cap or shell and the inner ceiling. Plenty of space for the well nut to protrude into. Again, from the perspective of a 2010 trailer.

Perhaps someone with later model could confirm that construction is the same. My concern with bolting through to the ceiling is that tightening the nut would squeeze the ceiling and outer cap toward each other but not tightly together. Whereas the well nut fastens only to the thick outer shell.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:32 PM   #432
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Thanks for the explanation, Viajante. Which model(s) have the cap?

My trailer is fairly old 2009 19'. I noticed I don't have the extra reinforcement strips of 5" laminate across the front roof above the dinette that I've see in recent builds. I am not sure how the rear might differ.

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Old 03-13-2016, 05:36 PM   #433
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I hate to resurrect this thread, but...
We received our solar bolt down kit late in the season last year, so I put it in the trailer and left it until spring. Today its spring and we took the cover off the trailer.

I have a 2014 21' with the smaller 95w solar panel. I opened up the box, read the directions, and realized if I install the brackets according to the instructions, the holes wouldn't be in the cabinets, but rather would be right in the middle of the unit. Four clearly visible holes in the headliner is not what I had in mind. I don't want the panel blowing off, but I also don't want the inside of the unit messed up.

Has anybody secured the solar panels another way? Anybody upgraded to the bigger panel so the holes end up in the cabinet? Anybody customize a longer bracket from the small panel so it screws in over the cabinets?
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:53 PM   #434
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The holes are not that noticeable inside, the button covers do a great job hiding the bolt heads. I did mine last fall, it helps to have someone outside and someone inside when tightening down the bolts. Use plenty of sealant and it will seal nicely when you tighten it down. I believe I posted pictures someplace.
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I'll post some pictures tomorrow once it stops raining.
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Bill, I answered your PM suggesting you make or have new brackets made with a longer base leg so the bolts thru the roof wind up inside the overhead cabinets.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:35 PM   #437
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Here my pictures, as you can see they are not that noticeable, in addition there is at least 12" of space from the bracket mount over to the cabinet. An extension would not be as secure as what is there now, so you decide.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:21 PM   #438
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I hate to resurrect this thread, but...
We received our solar bolt down kit late in the season last year, so I put it in the trailer and left it until spring. Today its spring and we took the cover off the trailer.

I have a 2014 21' with the smaller 95w solar panel. I opened up the box, read the directions, and realized if I install the brackets according to the instructions, the holes wouldn't be in the cabinets, but rather would be right in the middle of the unit. Four clearly visible holes in the headliner is not what I had in mind. I don't want the panel blowing off, but I also don't want the inside of the unit messed up.

Has anybody secured the solar panels another way? Anybody upgraded to the bigger panel so the holes end up in the cabinet? Anybody customize a longer bracket from the small panel so it screws in over the cabinets?
I'm glad you did as I don't want to drill holes in the roof either. See Klem's solution at post 221. That seems to me to be a sound alternative.
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I was thinking of something similar to Klem's idea, where I sealed off the bottom sides from the crosswinds. Perhaps either some PVC molding or piping
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:40 PM   #440
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Here my pictures, as you can see they are not that noticeable, in addition there is at least 12" of space from the bracket mount over to the cabinet. An extension would not be as secure as what is there now, so you decide.
Thanks for the pictures Jim. Yours don't look too bad, although I think I would still notice them.

I think I ruled out the extension bracket (subject to hearing back from ETI). The plug for the solar electric is right over the sink, and accidentally drilling a hole in that wire might be a lot worse than messing up the headliner.
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