When a solar panel blows off - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-17-2015, 02:47 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Ruthe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Highland Park, New Jersey
Trailer: Escape 19 February 2014
Posts: 844
When a solar panel blows off

I know there have only been a few solar pnels that have blown off. Does anyone know whether these were fairly new solar installations or if they'd been on the trailers for awhile.
__________________

Ruthe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
FMLNM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Sandia Park, New Mexico
Trailer: 2008 Escape 5.0
Posts: 697
There is a lengthy thread discussing this:
Our solar panel blew off!!

Ours was the incident that started the thread I referenced. We have a 2008 5.0 Classic. We bought it used in 2013 and had the solar panel installed by ETI when we purchased the trailer. The panel had been on for almost 2 years when we lost it in a wind storm.

I think an earlier incident involved a fairly new trailer on which the panels were secured with tape...not epoxy, likes ours was. Now ETI is bolting them on as the standard installation.
__________________

__________________
Fran & Dave
2008 Escape 5.0
2011 Frontier Crew Cab Short Bed Pro4x
Sandia Park, New Mexico
FMLNM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 06:27 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17b
Posts: 1,874
I'll never understand why anyone would install a solar panel using just 'double back tape'.
J Mac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 07:14 PM   #4
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,325
Quote:
Originally Posted by J Mac View Post
I'll never understand why anyone would install a solar panel using just 'double back tape'.
Because it's easy! It's backing up to find it on the roadway that's difficult.....
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 08:57 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ruthe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Highland Park, New Jersey
Trailer: Escape 19 February 2014
Posts: 844
Fran & Dave -- thanks for the reminder. Terry and I were talking and he was wondering whether the solar panel problem was one that would show up immediately. Obviously that is not the case, so we'll have to get serious about fixing it.
Ruthe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 09:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
FMLNM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Sandia Park, New Mexico
Trailer: 2008 Escape 5.0
Posts: 697
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruthe View Post
Fran & Dave -- thanks for the reminder. Terry and I were talking and he was wondering whether the solar panel problem was one that would show up immediately. Obviously that is not the case, so we'll have to get serious about fixing it.
And some trailers may NEVER have a problem - there are many Escapes on the road for years now that have had no problem. Like I said, we found ourselves in a severe windstorm. We had been in storms before and we live in an area where we have strong winds right here at the house.. sometimes more than 80 mph. There is always strong wind when driving but this time it just was the right combination of circumstances (wind direction, wind speed, epoxy fatigue, etc) and off it went. The bottom line is that the bolt-on solution is supposed to be more a more secure method of keeping the panel on the roof and it is certainly worth checking your panel regularly (along with A/C shroud and other stuff on the roof) to be sure everything is still ok.
__________________
Fran & Dave
2008 Escape 5.0
2011 Frontier Crew Cab Short Bed Pro4x
Sandia Park, New Mexico
FMLNM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 09:43 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Greg A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19 "Seventy Degrees"
Posts: 2,144
Good advice Fran n Dave. Not only checking stuff on the roof, but walking the entire trailer every time you stop and checking for anything out of whack. Propane tank covers blow off, steps get left extended, retractable roof antennas get left up, 7 pin connectors get drug down the road, not too mention all the things inside the trailer that don't get secured properly. How do I know?
Greg A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015, 10:11 PM   #8
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,325
My understand from corresponding with ETI is that the blow-offs were primarily 19s under strong cross-wind conditions.
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015, 08:32 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Ruthe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Highland Park, New Jersey
Trailer: Escape 19 February 2014
Posts: 844
Unfortunately we can't predict when we'll be in a cross wind situation -- although we have been in some pretty strong winds. I think our hesitation with having it done is needing to find someone we can trust. This is when it's hard to be so far from Chilliwack.
Ruthe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015, 07:29 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
C&G in FL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Trailer: 2015 5.0TA
Posts: 1,430
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruthe View Post
Unfortunately we can't predict when we'll be in a cross wind situation -- although we have been in some pretty strong winds. I think our hesitation with having it done is needing to find someone we can trust. This is when it's hard to be so far from Chilliwack.
Rutherford, are you regarding finding someone trustworthy to install the ETI "fix?" It really isn't hard to do, I did mine in an hour. If you are not comfortable doing it, I think I would find a local RV repair SMALL business. Not someplace like CW.
__________________

__________________
Carl
2015 F150 2.7 EcoBoost (Big Spot)
2015 5.0TA (Little Elsie)
"What a long, strange trip it's been....."
C&G in FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.