I forgot to lower the solar panels to the flat position. The wind caught them, and tore them loose from their moorings. The first time I knew something was wrong was when a loud BANG sounded from the roof. I pulled off the road and got some parachute cord, removed the dog fencing from the motorhome ladder, and climbed up to the roof. The wind was strong, and the big trucks were swooshing as they went past. I was worried about loosing my balance, but figured out that I had to get my courage up and the panels tied down. I had one tied down, and just as I was beginning on the second a highway patrol car stopped. This incredibly handsome, and kind hearted officer asked me if I needed help. I of course answered "yes." He came up on the roof, and used the tie down straps from the dog fence to get the solar panels strapped down. He made it look SO easy.
|Note the strap running right to left to hold the panels down|
He helped me down the ladder, and then he picked up the dog fencing, placing it all into the car, and then he drove near me for about 1/4 mile to make sure the panels were staying flat on the roof!
I cannot thank him enough. I sent a letter to his bosses at the highway patrol to let them know of his help. I did manage to resist talking about his good looks!
I believe that I am going to make a note and tape it to my steering wheel, reminding me to lay the solar panels flat! I don't want to risk another situation like that.
When I return to Quartzsite, I will get the panes repaired and then I will be comfortable with their condition again!