Originally Posted by jhardie
Hi...I have 7000 on it now and all's well!
As the person who started this thread, I think it would be well to bring back some perspective. When our panel blew off we were in a SEVERE windstorm in open country. The panels had been on for 2 years and over 4000 miles of towing. They were installed by ETI as an add on after we bought the 2008 trailer used (in 2013).
The panel failure occurred during an extreme condition with just the right wind speed and direction, etc. For most folks (obviously) there have been no problems over several years and thousands of miles of towing. Our trailer is stored outside without cover in sunny NM...(maybe that had played some part in the failure?)
That said, ETI quickly changed their installation/build procedure to prevent a recurrence and the solution they sent to the existing owners can reduce the possibility of a failure...there are probably a number of additional ways to reduce the possibility of the problem occurring. Retrofitting will always be a bit 'clumsy' when compared with the new and improved original install process.
Any discussion of alternate ways to retrofit additional security to the panels is a positive contribution as it is likely that there are several good options out there. But keep in mind that, while this problem is a serious one if it occurs, it is also a very uncommon one.