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Old 10-18-2015, 08:01 PM   #11
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I'll never understand why anyone would install a solar panel using just 'double back tape'.
One of the best parts of following ALL the all-molded-forums is reading the good parts and the horror stories. There's a number of people on FiberglassRV that have installed everything from solar panels to awnings using nothing but GOOD double-sided tape on the exterior of the trailers with zero issues.

As far as I can tell 2-4 failures is an anomaly (unless that's ME).

But you know what... tires fail too, even the kind everyone says is the best.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:27 PM   #12
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Carl, glad you mentioned that because we had thought about taking the Escape to Camper World, and weren't really excited about that. So I'll look around for someone local.
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Old 10-18-2015, 10:09 PM   #13
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Carl, glad you mentioned that because we had thought about taking the Escape to Camper World, and weren't really excited about that. So I'll look around for someone local.
Camping World I use has always been reasonable in cost (often the lowest bid of 3 local places) and done good work, and I'm a picky retired engineer.

Probably depends on the service supervisor at each one. I'd take a copy of the kit instructions from ETI over and get bids on the work, then attach the copy to the work order before you sign the paperwork. Then they have specific instructions to do the job right.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:49 AM   #14
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Carl, glad you mentioned that because we had thought about taking the Escape to Camper World, and weren't really excited about that. So I'll look around for someone local.
Ruthe, also sorry about my post. Didn't notice that auto correct had changed Ruthe to Rutheford. Sometimes I hate that auto correct feature.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:03 AM   #15
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Before my last trip, I washed the trailer and inspected my solar panels. The curb side was tight but I could see day light coming under the street side, not good. I found my ETI kit and followed their instructions. I marked the bracket a,d drilled my first hole. You can feel it go thru the fiberglass and then wood. Inside was a tiny hole. I inserted the bolt and had someone hold the nut on inside as I tighten down the bolt ( I applied a lot of the sealant around the hole on the outside in a continuos loop) when I tighten down, the excess was squeezed out. I then attached the bracket to the panel and it is solid. Did the other three, attached the interior caps and went off camping. Took about an hour.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:16 AM   #16
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My kit came with the rivets (not bolts). What have been others experience with setting the rivet with a hammer? According to instructions, it will take a fair amount of force. My fear is using too much force and breaking through the fiberglass.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:28 AM   #17
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My kit came with the rivets (not bolts). What have been others experience with setting the rivet with a hammer? According to instructions, it will take a fair amount of force. My fear is using too much force and breaking through the fiberglass.
Maybe Escape can provide you with the bolts in lieu of using rivets. I agree, the bolt system is easier to maintain the right amount of force.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:11 AM   #18
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Thanks for these details on dealing with the solar panel -- I'm sure not all Camping Worlds are the same. And probably we could (at least Terry could ) do it ourselves with some help from our carpenter friend. And don't worry about my name getting changed -- I figured it was something like that.
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There's a number of people on FiberglassRV that have installed everything from solar panels to awnings using nothing but GOOD double-sided tape on the exterior of the trailers with zero issues.
Zero issues so far but they will one day because 'double back foam tape' dries out. And when it dries out, it releases. It's not like butyl tape. Mounting a solar panel with 2 strips of double back foam tape then subjecting it to exterior weather conditions at 60 mph (should) seem wrong at the get go.
I'd be interested to hear a follow up on anyone that installed an awning with double back tape.
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I would expect that the "awnings" mentioned are the small ones that owners place over windows as opposed to our "full awnings" that we would definitely not attache with double back tape. (Just my thoughts)
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