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Old 12-08-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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Walking on the roof

this is my first RV and I have a question. Can I walk on my roof? Are there places that should or shouldn't walk? I have a 2016 Vengeance 31v.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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We've always been told that rvs that have ladders to the roof are fine for walking on. Just keep in mind that being on the roof is not like being on a regular floor. The roof is light duty so will feel spongy when you walk on it. You also do not want to step on any skylights or vents that are up there. Finally, remember that this is your primary defense from water infiltration. Don't drag your feet across the membrane and do a thorough inspection of any caulking while you're up there.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:11 PM   #3
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In addition to keeping off skylights and vents, don't "stomp" on the roof. Walk somewhat gently so you don't "shock load" the roof.

Also be careful when washing the roof as a soapy roof can be "deadly slippery". Wear shoes suitable for walking on wet/slippery surfaces (like boat shoes) . Wash then rinse area well before moving so you can avoid soapy surface where you need to walk.

It goes without saying that you want to be aware of where the edge is at all times, especially if backing up.

Make sure you don't get your feet tangled in water hose or electrical extension cord if you're using one on the roof.

These are some things our local Fire Department has had to respond to over the years when people "exit the roof without using the ladder" so BE CAREFUL!!! When it comes to safety while on an RV roof a little "Paranoia" or "OCD" is a lot better than "Teenage Abandon". They "bounce" us older individuals don't.

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Old 12-08-2019, 01:05 PM   #4
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my Rv doesn't have a ladder but I have seen some on other Vengeance 31v
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Old 12-09-2019, 02:18 PM   #5
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I have asked several people about my tt not having a ladder. Consensus no ladder=no roof walking.
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Old 12-09-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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I've heard the no ladder=no roof comments too but I'm not sure that is 100% true for EVERY R/V. How did they place the A/C and other roof things (vent caps/etc) if someone didn't get on the roof. If you've ever visited a factory, those guys don't float.

Contact the factory and ask.

I also agree with TitanMike, even if you have a mounted ladder, don't go stomping around on the roof.
Walk gently and be careful. I'm a big guy (6'-260#) and I can feel the roof of my current camper flex slightly as I walk on it but I have no qualms I'm damaging anything.
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Also, don't think that "if I take my shoes off there's less chance I'll damage my roof". Not a good idea especially if the roof is wet. It's very slippery (don't ask how I figured that one out!) Wear sneakers/tennis shoes/boat shoes.


As for walking in the roof, I think you can safely. Probably the reason your Vengeance doesn't have a ladder is the following. The Vengeance is a "wide body" at 100" wide. Adding a ladder to the side (where most toy hauler ladders are because of the rear ramp door) would add another 8 - 10 inches putting the "total" width of your toyhauler at 108 - 110 inches wide. Now, someone correct me if I'm wrong but, aren't there Federal DOT regulations of 102" wide limits?

I have seen toyhaulers with a collapsible ladder with removable bottom portion that hinges up tight against the side of the RV and a completely removable ladder that you would then just carry in the garage until you get to your destination.
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Old 12-09-2019, 08:36 PM   #8
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I think all RV's are different and don't believe the ladder is the determining factor. Ladders are options on some models and I don't believe they put different roofs on one unit because they get a ladder. Rockwood advertises in their brochure that their roofs are built strong and you can walk on them.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:46 PM   #9
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I have asked several people about my tt not having a ladder. Consensus no ladder=no roof walking.
We have a Roo23BDS. It has a walkable roof but no ladder because it has a fold out bunk on the rear. We are just gonna carry a foldable ladder, pricey but will Insure we can inspect our roof anytime we need.
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