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Old 08-04-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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Roof weight limits???

I have a 2012 Cherokee 28bh. My question is what is the weight limit of the roof. I'm a big dude (340lbs) and I have been on the roof a couple of times for cleaning. The last time I was up on the roof I thought that maybe I could cause damage from walking on it. I have of couse been very careful of where I step and tread lightly, just curious if anyone had any idea of what the limits are.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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Your ladder should have a weight limit rating on it.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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I've never seen a weight limit on any roof, of any brand of RV. Most just list "Walk On Roof", which I suppose you could take with a grain of salt. Every one I've walked on flexed quite a bit, but figure you're on 1/2" plywood at the most on a top of the line unit, or 3/8" or less on the entry level, each having rafters on 16" centers. The ladders are pretty flimsy and usually rated at 225 I think. If you're careful and walking mainly toward the edges and steering clear of any vent openings, I think you'd still be fine. I do like you, tread lightly.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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I am only 225 lbs and I don't get up on the roof of my 2012 V-Cross 275 fiver. I can do most things from a latter leaning over. If I had to, I would lay on the roof to reach. That way my weight would be better distributed.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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At 340 lbs, I would say you're pushing the limits, if not exceeding them. I weigh in at 215 lbs and I would not venture on the roof , only if I absolutely had to. The couple of times I've been up there, I feel the squishing of materiel beneath my feet.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:06 PM   #6
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As long as you are careful where you step, I think you are fine. My Roo has 1/4" plywood sandwiched on each side of a piece of styrofoam with only a couple aluminum studs where the ac mounts. I feel some flexing in spots when I walk on it, but I don't see how they would design a roof that you can't walk on. Its neccessary to clean / re-seal / cover the camper. And the collective weight of the snow in the winter has to put a pretty heavy load on the roof too.

I can see why people might choose not to walk on the roof, but FR certainly doesn't seem to say you can't

Here is the caption from the picture in the Rockwood brochure...
"Built strong to enable you to conveniently perform periodic roof maintenance"
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #7
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I don't know if this is true for the majority of RV/trailers or not but my "walk on" roof is 1/8" plywood exterior, Styrofoam core and 1/8" luan interior. There are 1/8" steel hard points in various locations and a wood "H" frame across the middle. Personally I would not walk on it unless it was an emergency repair of some type where I didn't have access to a ladder.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:08 PM   #8
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My 2015 Rockwood has a 300 lbs limit sticker on my ladder....


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