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Old 06-22-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Tips for walking on the roof

This may be a ridiculous question, but I figure it's better to ask than not...

My two-year old toy hauler has a built-in ladder, and was advertised as a "full walk-on roof". However, from the day I picked it up from the dealer I've been cautioned by friends and fellow RV owners about damaging the roof if I set foot on it.

I'd like to get up there and clean the roof soon, but I'm hesitant to do that without some reassurance, and perhaps some pointers for how best to move about on the roof without causing any damage. What do I need to know?


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Old 06-22-2015, 05:13 PM   #2
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I have walked on all of ours since 1997

The only way to check it properly as needed and washing the roof helps keep streaks off sides too

Just tread lightly and especially careful when wet

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Old 06-22-2015, 05:19 PM   #3
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It's perfectly fine. If I'm just taking a quick peek up top I just kick my shoes off on the way up. If I'm going to be up there awhile I'll take cardboard or a packing blanket to sit/stand on while I work/clean.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:21 PM   #4
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I've walked on all of mine.

TIP: always take the ladder down. Do not jump/fall off the top!
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:26 PM   #5
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I suggest flat bottomed sneakers or boat shoes. They tend to distribute your weight over the entire area of the sole. Bare feet concentrate your weight on the heel and the ball of the foot. rubber soled shoes also keep you from sliding. A wet rubber roof is very slippery especially if you are washing it.

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Old 06-22-2015, 05:41 PM   #6
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Best tip I will offer is to hire someone who may bounce easier/better.

Walking up there is easy as long as it is dry, when it gets wet it is another matter.

As posted take it slow and easy, baby steps or smaller.
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Check your shoes for stuff like rocks or anything that shouldn't be there especially if it's a rubber roof. My hybrid had a vinyl roof that I really liked. very durable.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:21 PM   #8
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Clean flat sole shoes. I check my roof all the time and clean my solar panels off. Slippery when wet, watch your step, don't fall off. You should inspect the caulking anytime you are up there for any small cracks even on new RVs. Washing and treating your rubber roof will make it last a very long time. Be careful it can be slippery.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:25 AM   #9
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I try to stay a couple of feet from the edge and if rubber roof should be to see the supports. I was told the closer to the edge instead of the middle would put your weight on the side walls instead of all on the roof. Don't know to be true.

Don't go where you have a very bad feeling cause safety is important. As others said I will sit or lay to spread out the weight. I am around 250. The ladder rungs and mounts need not to overly stressed. Stay close to ladder and not hard pulling at the top.

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Old 06-23-2015, 11:46 AM   #10
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They're made to be walked on......but not to jump up and down when you get excited about being up there. If there's a soft spot, it's either from a manufacturing problem or water that has snuck under the roof and you have wood rot. Always check your caulking, even with a new unit.

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