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Old 05-07-2017, 06:45 PM   #1
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wow- solar blew off!

man am I disappointed with my "build quality" right now. I just noticed my solar panel is GONE. I saw the wires sticking up so I climbed up and found this! The panel is totally gone. The bond between the gel coat and the framework of the panel totally parted. ETI better figure out a better bond than this! fuming in Pennsylvania....

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Old 05-07-2017, 06:52 PM   #2
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What year is your trailer ? Will warranty cover this?sorry I hope this gets fixed

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Old 05-07-2017, 06:53 PM   #3
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Escape sent out free bolt-down kits to all owners last year as the problem surfaced (mostly side winds could get under the panel.) If you bought yours new you should have received one. It was discussed at length in this forum.
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:59 PM   #4
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Here is the initial thread that resulted in the kits being sent out by ETI to the owners too far away to go to Chilliwack for the fix. The solar panels have been bolted down on new trailers ever since this incident.

Our solar panel blew off!!

It should be noted that the thread quickly veered off the original topic.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:15 PM   #5
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Five years after the build? Hummmm. I have friends that bought a "stick built" trailer and the whole trailer was totaled (by the insurance company) after five years because of LEAKS. They're now ETI built trailer owners.... just sayin'
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:16 PM   #6
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We haven't used our bolt down kits but check the panel every time we gas up.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:21 PM   #7
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2012 Escape 19 was VHB tape used steve? Sure glad mine is Bolted down. Did you get your Bolt down kit? or maybe you are not the original owner? Link didnt work on my desktop here
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:23 PM   #8
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Gotta disagree with you on this one Donna. I don't think that it's the age that's the issue. From my point of view it was a poor decision to rely only on an adhesive to hold on a solar panel. The owner is lucky that he discovered the issue in a bland way and not because it came loose and killed occupants of a following car.

Hopefully the current owners of these glued on panels will learn of the recall and bolt them on before innocent people are hurt.

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Old 05-07-2017, 07:27 PM   #9
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From my point of view it was a poor decision to rely only on an adhesive to hold on a solar panel.
I may be wrong but wasn't it the industry standard at the time?

Regardless, it is an extremely unfortunate incident but so fortunate in that no one was hurt.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:34 PM   #10
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I may be wrong but wasn't it the industry standard at the time?
Precisely and how many of those other companies offered repair/reinforcement kits and instructions?
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