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Old 10-25-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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I am attempting to remove the solar panel on my uhaul.

The screws underneath have large diameter heads on them with straight screwdriver slots. The slots are so shallow that there is no way a screrwdriver can get a grip on them. They look like they are aluminum, but my attempt to drill them out revealed that they were hard as a -------- ( insert your own phrsase ).

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:10 AM   #3
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Over on uhaulcamper.com, they say to access the screws through the ceiling carpet.

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Old 10-25-2009, 10:31 AM   #4
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If you can get a hacksaw blade in the slot, make it deeper. Or maybe a Dremel blade.

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I am attempting to remove the solar panel on my uhaul.

The screws underneath have large diameter heads on them with straight screwdriver slots. The slots are so shallow that there is no way a screrwdriver can get a grip on them. They look like they are aluminum, but my attempt to drill them out revealed that they were hard as a -------- ( insert your own phrsase ).

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:08 AM   #5
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could be an aluminum post where its just spinning when you drill it. Like the poster befor me said you may need to access inside and also have someone up top twisting the opposite direction or at least having some form of tension to keep it from spinning. here is a photo of what i think it is your describing


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Old 10-25-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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O.K. I found the answer.

First of all the screws are flat head and flush.

Secondly, the screw threads on the other side of the fixed nuts were corroded so that I would not have been able to remove them even if I could get a purchase on the head.

So---- I removed the ends of the frame, cut the wire, and slid the unit out of the frame rails. This exposed the end of the bolts. Then I cut the nuts and bolts all together with an angle grinder.

What a job!
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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why did you remove it?...do you have pictures of how it mounts etc?.I have my panel but no bracket for it so Im curious.....Bruce
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why did you remove it?...do you have pictures of how it mounts etc?.I have my panel but no bracket for it so Im curious.....Bruce
The panel fits into a channel on both sides. The aluminum channel has six 1/4 - 20 nuts mounted perminantly on the lower channel legs. The six screws thread into the nuts from below.
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The panel fits into a channel on both sides. The aluminum channel has six 1/4 - 20 nuts mounted perminantly on the lower channel legs. The six screws thread into the nuts from below.
Oh, I forgot to mention, the panel only put out 3 volts. I suspect it is trash.
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Check out the Uhaul manuals posted on this site. They explain the solar panel (and a lot of other things). The panel is not meant to charge or keep a full charge on the battery. According to the repair manual (pg 14) it was meant to keep down battery sulphation (whatever that is ) while the trailer was on their rental lot. If you are maintaining your battery's charge, then the panel is not really not needed
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Check out the Uhaul manuals posted on this site. They explain the solar panel (and a lot of other things). The panel is not meant to charge or keep a full charge on the battery. According to the repair manual (pg 14) it was meant to keep down battery sulphation (whatever that is ) while the trailer was on their rental lot. If you are maintaining your battery's charge, then the panel is not really not needed

You learn something everyday! I thought the purpose was to keep the battery charged. How would this be accomplished? Our VT didn't have a battery when we bought it, so I haven't hooked one up. What would do the charging?
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My Uhaul has a converter that charges the battery when the trailer is plugged into shore power.
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