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Old 11-01-2015, 05:31 PM   #21
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We considered that and I know you save money getting a portable. We, however, are usually out all day and would not be leaving a panel there.
We use a portable along with a good bicycle cable and lock when we are gone. No problems. Like a lot of things about our trailers a determined thief would have no trouble taking just about anything including what's inside. So, we do what is best for us, a portable, use deterrents, and make friends with our camp neighbors. So far, so good.
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:58 PM   #22
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Here's a picture of my black tank, and.... It has straps. Beefy ones (for heavy loads).
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:26 PM   #23
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Does it have the side flanges plus the straps? Or just straps? (end view?)
I don't think so, all I have to go by are a couple pictures ETI took before the foam went on and you certainly can't tell afterwards. Maybe someone without foam on their 5.0TA can say for sure.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:53 PM   #24
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We use a portable along with a good bicycle cable and lock when we are gone. No problems. Like a lot of things about our trailers a determined thief would have no trouble taking just about anything including what's inside. So, we do what is best for us, a portable, use deterrents, and make friends with our camp neighbors. So far, so good.
Excellent idea just be friendly with your neighbor and you can get 15 heavy duty coated cable ,add a good lock . It will keep someone from just walking away . If someone has bad intentions not much you can do . Just don't make it easy for them .Pat
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:36 PM   #25
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We use a portable along with a good bicycle cable and lock when we are gone. No problems. Like a lot of things about our trailers a determined thief would have no trouble taking just about anything including what's inside. So, we do what is best for us, a portable, use deterrents, and make friends with our camp neighbors. So far, so good.
It certainly does depend on where you are and what people are around you. I'd grab the awnings!
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:42 PM   #26
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I have written a paper in the files section called Solar Made Easy. In that paper I describe how to wire a external solar panel to the front tow vehicle connector. The system I describe works very well on an Escape 19, but not as well with a 17 or 21. The reason the connector will not work as well on these two models is the distance the batteries are from the connector at the tongue of the trailer. Having batteries that could be 20 even 30 feet of wiring away from the connector at the tongue will render the solar panel very inefficient, simply too much electrical loss due to wire gauge and distance.

However, with the 17 battery on the rear bumper it is very easy to use a different connector at the battery and have a very efficient solar system. As Gbaglo pointed out you will need a solar controller and it should be connected within one meter of the battery. The 21 does require an opening through the shell and skiman shows one of a number of connectors to connect through the fiberglass.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:29 AM   #27
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Yes, it does appear that mounting (of the fresh water and grey waste) tanks depends on which tank, which model, and perhaps which year of production.

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Here's a picture of my black tank, and.... It has straps.
I believe that's your grey waste tank, Myron. The black waste tank sits on top of the floor, under the toilet; only the fresh and grey tanks are under the floor (and I agree that's a waste tank, not fresh).
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:26 PM   #28
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You're right! Had to go see for myself and take a better picture.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:10 PM   #29
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We use a portable along with a good bicycle cable and lock when we are gone. No problems. Like a lot of things about our trailers a determined thief would have no trouble taking just about anything including what's inside. So, we do what is best for us, a portable, use deterrents, and make friends with our camp neighbors. So far, so good.
I worried about the unattended panel growing legs while I was away - so added this A-frame and anchored the assembly with a couple of ground screws plus lock and chain. As mentioned, a determined thief could get away with the whole thing but I don't put much effort into worrying about things like that.

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I worried about the unattended panel growing legs while I was away - so added this A-frame and anchored the assembly with a couple of ground screws plus lock and chain. As mentioned, a determined thief could get away with the whole thing but I don't put much effort into worrying about things like that.

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Almost the same idea we have . The Go Power we have has a folding frame already attached . So we cable the folding panels to trailer A Frame . The cable we use will go out just about the wiring length that is attached to our panel .It's a 1/2 or 3/8 , I forgot which , braided vinyl coated cable . Have a shorter one 6 ft for Weber to attach to something , table etc. it is a shame we have to go to these lengths , but I can't really afford to keep replacing this time in my life . Pat
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