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Old 09-22-2015, 11:17 AM   #21
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One of the biggest challenges with a trailer roof tilt mount would be accessing it. It would require bringing along a bulky ladder of some sort.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:27 AM   #22
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Just back the truck alongside and stand in the bed. I'll bet the location they mount the panel in on the 19 it could be reached standing on the bumper.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:37 AM   #23
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I had a hard time reaching my solar when using a 8' step ladder, I doubt a truck bumper would work. Maybe the new ones mounted on rear are more accessible, but anyplace else, forgetaboutit.....
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Plus, most people seem to use SUV's, so not a good option. As well, with many sites it would not be possible to drive alongside the trailer anyway.

I do like the idea of being able to aim it though. I like Ron's solution, but unless I did something like that on the rear of the 5.0, it would be a no go.
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One of the biggest challenges with a trailer roof tilt mount would be accessing it. It would require bringing along a bulky ladder of some sort.
On the 5.0 ta the panels are already at a pretty good tilt due to the roof shape.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:15 PM   #26
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Currently I don't have a 19 to look at to see the options, but tilt mounts are commonly used on rv roof mounted solar panels, so folks that do use them must have accessibility figured out. Might be more doable on different Escapes than others.
Mainly was curious if anyone out there had been able to rig a tilt mount system to the factory setup on an Escape?
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:21 PM   #27
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On the 5.0 ta the panels are already at a pretty good tilt due to the roof shape.
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So then, if I reposition the trailer a few times a day, I will achieve maximum gain?
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One of the biggest challenges with a trailer roof tilt mount would be accessing it. It would require bringing along a bulky ladder of some sort.
I carry one of these in a 5" fence post. They make a 6' version that would fit under a 21' or 5.0TA.

There is also a 7' version, but that may be too long for the width of a 5.0TA..
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I carry one of these in a 5" fence post. They make a 6' version that would fit under a 21' or 5.0TA.

There is also a 7' version, but that may be too long for the width of a 5.0TA..
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Thanks for the link.
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I have a question, on the 19 Escape I have seen trailers like "Past Tents" with a solar panel on the rear of the trailer and others with the panel between the AC and the Maxi fan. Where does ETI mount it on a 19? Also, how hard would it be to add a panel and run two 10 gauge wires from a panel to the compartment where the breaker panel is mounted (where I want a controller mounted - close to the batteries)?? I think I really need to buy a plane ticket and go to the factory.
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