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Old 01-29-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Snow on the roof

I'm expecting about 12 inches of snow on my new Surveyor 186 tonight, and I'm wondering if I should be concerned about getting it off. It should melt on its own in a day or two, but I know it will translate into a lot of weight on the roof. Should I try to get some of it off with a long-handled broom or just let it melt? I don't really look forward to climbing the ladder in icy conditions. Thanks in advance for your advice.
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I look at it this way, if it was still at the dealer lot do you think they would clean it off? How about the manufacturer's lot? I sincerely doubt it. If one foot of snow hurts it, I, wouldn't want to walk around on it, and it should be strong enough to hold an average person. (according to the FAA, and average person is 180 pounds, at least that's what they use when they figure the take-off weight of an airplane.) I personally don't think it will hurt it, but that's my opinion, your mileage may vary. As they say. "proceed at your own risk"
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, Windrider. I guess 180 pounds is a lot of weight per square inch when you're standing up on it. What you are saying makes sense. I just wanted some input from someone who knew more about it than me. Thank you. I feel better.
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I look at it this way, if it was still at the dealer lot do you think they would clean it off? How about the manufacturer's lot? I sincerely doubt it. If one foot of snow hurts it, I, wouldn't want to walk around on it, and it should be strong enough to hold an average person. (according to the FAA, and average person is 180 pounds, at least that's what they use when they figure the take-off weight of an airplane.) I personally don't think it will hurt it, but that's my opinion, your mileage may vary. As they say. "proceed at your own risk"
I agree with Windrider but not with the FAA. I think the average person these days is a bit heavier....
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We had about 15" on our Flagstaff back in December. I let it come off naturally. No problems with it. We are expecting another 12" tonight also. Again, I will let it melt at its own pace. I did go inside to be sure there was no signs of the roof leaking and there were not.
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I agree with Windrider but not with the FAA. I think the average person these days is a bit heavier....
They say that 60% of us are over weight so does the FAA use that in there calculations?, I see that Boeing is building bigger aircraft, I see them coming and going evey day at Dulles International.
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I live in New Hampshire and have a 07 192T. I cover it and winterize it and don't worry about it. In December of 08 we had snow knee deep 3 times in 3 weeks. The wind blew off some of it but it had at least 2 feet on top. Had no problems with the camper. One year we had 20 inches in one day, no problem. You bought a Suveyor and it is not made of 2X3's. You will be fine and camping in warm weather long before I can get my cover off.

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Right at 2 foot when it was all done. Can't say that I wasn't a bit worried though. But I just wasn't going to go out and take a chance. Nary a leak.

This time, Kim (hokiehall) is in for more snow then us.
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All I've ever done whether it was our Pop-up, Trailer or Motorhome is kept them off level in the direction I want the water to flow once it starts to melt. We've had some big storms over the years but I've never had a problem.

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This time, Kim (hokiehall) is in for more snow then us.

Already 6" and no let up in sight.

Now about 8" and still coming down.
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