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Old 09-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by 182king View Post

Sorry for the confusion, I only have one panel installed on my trailer. It's just that I have had to install it three times. Once by the factory with 3m tape. Second time mounted with 2 part marine epoxy factory method (both blown off), and finally by me using my own techniques. Just found the 3rd panel installed by me, sits higher and has a higher amperage output. All have been mounted between the max fan and AC.

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Old 09-26-2013, 12:27 AM   #42
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2 part marine epoxy factory method also blown off, yikes. The family behind you with children in the car might not like to hear that story. I wonder if higher up grabs more air, for more leverage for the wind.

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #43
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I would tend to agree a panel sitting up higher would catch more wind. The one advantage with the panel sitting up higher is they are basically floating in the air. If the wind is blowing on the panel, it will just keep blowing underneath it out the other side.

With a factory install a heavy cross wind will get stuck under the 4" inches of panel and hit the mounting bracket and create an area of high pressure. With the free flowing air on top of the panel, you get a low pressure. Thus creating a lifting action on the panel. (This is how airplanes fly)

I did not see both panels come off. But the AC unit wasn't hit either time. Again suggesting the panel was ripped off from the side in a cross wind type situation described above.

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