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Old 07-07-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hello! We're interested in purchasing a used Escape. If we do, is it possible to add on solar panels if the unit we purchase doesn't have them? Thanks!!
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:16 PM   #2
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Hi and good luck in your quest for a used Escape. Yes, it is possible to add panels to the roof, but another option some folks opt for is portable solar panels. There has been a lot of discussion on external panels. If you go to the Search option toward to top and search for Portable Solar, you should find several threads with posts about it. Other folks here have added panels themselves to the roof and hopefully someone who has done it will comment here for you about their methods/experiences.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:27 PM   #3
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Hello! We're interested in purchasing a used Escape. If we do, is it possible to add on solar panels if the unit we purchase doesn't have them? Thanks!!
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f1...iler-8200.html
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:36 PM   #4
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Thank you so much!! We will check out these threads. Also - thanks for the Escape 19 link - this is the trailer we are hoping to purchase :-)
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:40 PM   #5
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And you live close enough to the factory that a day trip up there could get the solar installed...
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:39 PM   #6
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Hello! We're interested in purchasing a used Escape. If we do, is it possible to add on solar panels if the unit we purchase doesn't have them? Thanks!!
We are in the process of purchasing a used 17B. ETI quoted us $925.00 for supply and installation of a 160W solar panel with a charge control system.

If you give ETI a call they might be able to look up the build sheet of the used trailer you are considering and let you know the options that were added. They can also provide you with a quote for any upgrades you might want to consider.
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We are in the process of purchasing a used 17B. ETI quoted us $925.00 for supply and installation of a 160W solar panel with a charge control system.

If you give ETI a call they might be able to look up the build sheet of the used trailer you are considering and let you know the options that were added. They can also provide you with a quote for any upgrades you might want to consider.
Very excellent useful advice.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:48 PM   #8
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Very excellent useful advice.
A quick phone call to them and I am now planning on spending a couple thousand dollars more on a trailer I don't yet own!
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:14 PM   #9
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Thanks all! We hope to become Escape owners soon and will keep you posted.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:27 AM   #10
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I bought a used 19'and one of the first things I did was add a portable solar panel with 1/4" stereo connectors.

Recently I purchased the bathroom fan upgrade from ETI. I wanted to add solar to the roof, so instead of putting a hole in shell I installed a cable gland in the fan flange and connected 10 gauge cable from the junction box to the cabin. The junction box is adhered to the roof with 3m tape and adhesive caulk. I have yet to install any panels.
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