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Old 03-15-2016, 10:25 AM   #491
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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.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:16 PM   #492
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Where is the rest of thread . Something is missing ? Pat
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:49 PM   #493
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Bob...Here is a photo of the placement of the solar panels by AM Solar....hope this helps... these panels can be tilted about 45deg if I needed too.

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Old 03-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #494
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Boy, some people will go to extreme to keep from having to wash and wax their roofs.......
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:58 PM   #495
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Bob...Here is a photo of the placement of the solar panels by AM Solar....hope this helps... these panels can be tilted about 45deg if I needed too.

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nice to have all that free roof area for panels.. a closeup picture of the solar panel cable entry method into the roof near what appears to be the fridge roof vent would be very helpful and appreciated.
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:09 PM   #496
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Actually if you click on the picture it will let you zoom in 2 more times for a close up.
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:19 PM   #497
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A picture of my mount as posted previously.

New info: Analyzing the roof thickness of +/- .125 inch I decided to spread the load. I found the thickness as thin as .100 (1/10) of an inch in other areas of the 2014 19'.
I showed it to Reace in August of 2015 when our refrigerator was replaced.

Any bolts through the roof should have adequate load spread (large washers with rubber washers?) on the inside. A nut with cap may pull through the shell quite easily?

I'm not sure of the roof thickness or strength so I chose to spread the load with no holes.
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:44 PM   #498
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I also used AM solar to mount 2 160 watt panels on my 21' last October. They use 3 m VHB tape. Proper technique is very important……. Clean surface, above 50F, pressure applied until cured, seal out all water, always. AM Solar only installs solar on RV'S, all types of RV'S. They claim in their 25 years to never have had a " panel blow off " . Escape told me they had 5 solar mount failures, some were with epoxy, some with 3m VHB tape.

I'll Keeping an eye on the mounts looking for early signs of failure.
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Bob...Here is a photo of the placement of the solar panels by AM Solar....hope this helps... these panels can be tilted about 45deg if I needed too.

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Another neat and clean install . Pat
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A picture of my mount as posted previously.

New info: Analyzing the roof thickness of +/- .125 inch I decided to spread the load. I found the thickness as thin as .100 (1/10) of an inch in other areas of the 2014 19'.
I showed it to Reace in August of 2015 when our refrigerator was replaced.

Any bolts through the roof should have adequate load spread (large washers with rubber washers?) on the inside. A nut with cap may pull through the shell quite easily?

I'm not sure of the roof thickness or strength so I chose to spread the load with no holes.
Very nice install without making holes ! Pat
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