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Old 08-03-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Protecting Solar Panel

Is anyone doing anything (other than storing the trailer under a shelter) to protect their roof mounted solar panel from hail damage? Has this been an issue for anyone?
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I believe they are hail proof, as are most solar panels, they are not glass, maybe some kind of plastic coating.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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I put a piece of high density foam ( similar to blue insulation foam ) on top of the solar panel cut to size, then cover with the Escape provided cover. I do this mainly because the framework of the solar panel is sharp and I don't want to rip the fabric cover. I now have the TV antenna ..... I'll get back to you on that in 2 1/2 months!!
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I put a piece of high density foam ( similar to blue insulation foam ) on top of the solar panel cut to size, then cover with the Escape provided cover. I do this mainly because the framework of the solar panel is sharp and I don't want to rip the fabric cover. I now have the TV antenna ..... I'll get back to you on that in 2 1/2 months!!
We don't have a cover for our trailer..it is a 5.0. But we were thinking about a plexiglass panel so that the solar would still be functional while the trailer is parked at home. We occasionally get some unexpected killer hail storms here...
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Contact Escape if they did the installation. They know what is in the framework.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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I put a piece of high density foam ( similar to blue insulation foam ) on top of the solar panel cut to size, then cover with the Escape provided cover. I do this mainly because the framework of the solar panel is sharp and I don't want to rip the fabric cover. I now have the TV antenna ..... I'll get back to you on that in 2 1/2 months!!
I have the antenna as well and don't know if I should remove the antenna before covering or if it will survive being covered ...
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Mine has survived a 1/2" hail storm.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #8
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Speaking of covers, I keep my 5er outside and want to purchase a cover. Escape doesnt off any (they used to, but stopped for some reason) any longer. Does anybody have a suggestion where I may purchase one that would work on a small 5th?
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:03 PM   #10
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I put a piece of high density foam ( similar to blue insulation foam ) on top of the solar panel cut to size, then cover with the Escape provided cover. I do this mainly because the framework of the solar panel is sharp and I don't want to rip the fabric cover. I now have the TV antenna ..... I'll get back to you on that in 2 1/2 months!!
Same here. We have a great cover for our 5.0 but I too was worried about the sharp corners on the solar panel cutting it - so I cover the panel with a padded cloth first. We don't get hail here, but the trailer can have a lot of snow on it in the winter. I leave the trailer plugged in all winter with a timer to charge the batteries a bit every night, plus run a low-power heater to fight the moisture.
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