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Old 06-05-2015, 10:48 PM   #71
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We also hope no one was hurt...we don't think anyone was. Luckily it was a very lightly traveled stretch of road and most people who were on it passed us pretty quickly...
Given the crosswinds, the panel probably blew off sideways...maybe surprised a cow or pronghorn...
We will likely look into some kind of backing to put on the trailer ceiling, through which the panel would be bolted. We'll be thinking about options and listening to suggestions from you folks on the forum too! So keep the suggestions coming!

We agree that on one side the gel coat tore off with the railing and epoxy....still have not climbed up to see it close up. Reace said they use an 'industrial epoxy'....if that is any help....
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We also hope no one was hurt...we don't think anyone was. Luckily it was a very lightly traveled stretch of road and most people who were on it passed us pretty quickly...
Given the crosswinds, the panel probably blew off sideways...maybe surprised a cow or pronghorn...
We will likely look into some kind of backing to put on the trailer ceiling, through which the panel would be bolted. We'll be thinking about options and listening to suggestions from you folks on the forum too! So keep the suggestions coming!

We agree that on one side the gel coat tore off with the railing and epoxy....still have not climbed up to see it close up. Reace said they use an 'industrial epoxy'....if that is any help....
Hey Fran and Dave everyone is very sad this happened to you . Nothing like putting a wench in your trip . Hope you get your trailer fixed as quickly as possible . Pat
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:03 PM   #73
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3. It's too bad that ETI hasn't modified their molds to create two parrallel ridges about 2" high similar to the ones on boats used for grab rails. This would allow for crossbolts through the ridge without having any intrusion into the interior.
I'm not familiar with this detail of boat construction, but like the idea for mounting. On the other hand, I'm picturing the two rails as dams which will hold water on the roof. Not a big deal for rain, and not an issue at all while moving, but if parked in sub-freezing weather it seems like an invitation for ice build-up. A boat deck is more substantial than a travel trailer roof, so it would be less of a concern even if the boat were left on land and uncovered in winter.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:11 PM   #74
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Hey Fran and Dave everyone is very sad this happened to you . Nothing like putting a wench in your trip . Hope you get your trailer fixed as quickly as possible . Pat
Thanks! We're kinda of bummed but are grateful no one got hurt (we hope) and also that we were not counting on the solar for this trip! We're also grateful that ETI will replace the panel...Reace said he would have been able to work with us on the installation if we we able to bring the trailer there...but that's just not an option. Now we just need to figure out how best to secure the new panel. And we thank everyone for the ideas...keep them coming!
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I'm not familiar with this detail of boat construction, but like the idea for mounting. On the other hand, I'm picturing the two rails as dams which will hold water on the roof. Not a big deal for rain, and not an issue at all while moving, but if parked in sub-freezing weather it seems like an invitation for ice build-up. A boat deck is more substantial than a travel trailer roof, so it would be less of a concern even if the boat were left on land and uncovered in winter.
Brian if you were camping somewhere it might be a problem but for us I have my front down while being stored because water was sitting up there anyway when level . So now front is down helps run off . Pat
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From the pictures I have seen of the solar panel mounting failure, it appears that the bond between the aluminum square tubing and the "industrial epoxy" fails on one side and the other mount is stressed enough to pull the gel coat from the fiberglass, resulting in a dismounted solar panel.
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so sorry to hear this, glad you are safe. Hope you can enjoy South Dakota....are you at Custer State Park? beautiful place...
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so sorry to hear this, glad you are safe. Hope you can enjoy South Dakota....are you at Custer State Park? beautiful place...
Yes, Custer State Park...Game Lodge CG. It IS a great park...lots of rain though. But we've still been out and about. Here till Wednesday when we head home.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:08 PM   #79
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Here is my last post on the subject of solar panel blowing off: Unique problems - no warranty?

After one failure with tape and one failure with epoxy (both blew off). It was time to epoxy and bolt my panel to the trailer. Haven't had and issue since. Holes on right hand side of trailer are in cabinet above sink. The other holes on the left side of trailer are in the closet and the other is above the shower.
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Have kicked ETI-Aid as well. Love the trailer but all should remember you are not buying a trailer from a benevolent society; even then of course there would be limits on expectations.
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