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Old 12-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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snow load on roof of forester by forest river

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We are up here in Ottawa Canada and have had a fair amount of snow and then a dump of freezing rain. I am worried about the load on the roof of our motorhome 3011 DS Forester. When should we start trying to take the snow off of the roof and won't the air conditioner and covers over the vents cause problems trying to clear the snow? We are hoping to have a building to park it in next year.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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If you do try to clear the snow off the roof be vary careful. I would not want to cut the roof material with a shovel when trying to clear the snow. I would rather take a chance with the snow and if the roof did cave in claim it under insurance. If you did rip the roofing material and did not know it happened you could have a lot of water damage inside before you discovered the hole. We live just south of you and I have never cleared the snow from the roof of a TT. Plus is you were to drive past any of the local RV dealerships you will notice that they do not shovel snow from the roofs.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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If you do go up on the roof be very careful as it will be slippery.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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There should not be a problem, in a rig that you can walk on. if you do want to remove it, then use a brush and be careful.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:12 PM   #5
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For what it's worth my dealer recommended to clear off the roof if the snow is greater than 24 inches, less if it is wet snow.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #6
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If you do try to clear the snow off the roof be vary careful. I would not want to cut the roof material with a shovel when trying to clear the snow. I would rather take a chance with the snow and if the roof did cave in claim it under insurance. If you did rip the roofing material and did not know it happened you could have a lot of water damage inside before you discovered the hole. We live just south of you and I have never cleared the snow from the roof of a TT. Plus is you were to drive past any of the local RV dealerships you will notice that they do not shovel snow from the roofs.
The roof is fiberglass, so no membrane per se, but still worth using caution as to not break a roof vent. I use my house roof rake, it's lightweight and doesn't require climbing. The rake is made of plastic, so it's less likely to damage the roof compared to a shovel which can have a metal leading edge.
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Has anyone had any luck with turning on the heat in their travel trailer to melt the snow off the roof. Does it work? Seems like it would be less dangerous and potentially damaging than trying to get up there with an implement.
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Has anyone had any luck with turning on the heat in their travel trailer to melt the snow off the roof. Does it work? Seems like it would be less dangerous and potentially damaging than trying to get up there with an implement.
IMHO it would be a very long process and a waste of LP.
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Has anyone had any luck with turning on the heat in their travel trailer to melt the snow off the roof. Does it work? Seems like it would be less dangerous and potentially damaging than trying to get up there with an implement.

It would help to make it easier to shove or slide the snow off but it would likely take a tank or more of propane before it would melt an appreciable amount.
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I think the best thing is regardless of how deep it gets, stay off the roof. The load is spread very evenly and cannot possibly equal a 250# person stepping on it which would put more than 250#/sq. ft of pressure on it with each individual step.
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