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Old 02-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Question Walking on roof...

My 2011 SV 291 came with roof ladder...my question, anyone walk regularly on their roof and notice any soft spots and cracking? I weight 210 pounds, roof made for a 150 person only?
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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Yep mine crunches a bit, its only thin plywood over Styrofoam. But the whole thing is laminated so its got good rigidity, just don't go up there and have a dance party.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:42 PM   #3
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I have a seam where the roof changes pitch that seems to move around quite a bit. Looking at the seam through the rubber roof; (yea I know but how do I explain it) it looks like the plywood is splintered along the seam. Any FR folks out there that can PM me and let me know if this is something to worry about? The seam also flexes quite a bit when I am up there checking for spots needing sealer.

I mean is the seam just two planks butted together or is it laminated in one piece already bent?
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:24 PM   #4
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I'm thinking the laminating process isn't up to par from the factory...I have a section right behind the front vent where it appears two sections of roofing, whether it is plywood or luan, that has separated under the rubber covering! I can see it protruding upward pushing against the rubber membrane. Just wondering how serious this could get...

Keep in mind this is a 2011 SV-291 that was manufactured in June 2010, and I purchased at the end of October...this is just one of many problems I have had with my "New" trailer!
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:06 PM   #5
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Remember like someone said. The RV roof is not for parties. It's for going up there doing what you gotta and getting down. There is no reason to make the roof hold more then 200 LB person. Reason being the thicker they make plywood the more the rv weights and blah blah blah. My 2011 TT has some softspots as well, nothing real bad like sink but enough to feel a bit uneasy with it being brand new
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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The last time I walked up there I weighed well over 300 pounds, have lost a bunch since.
No problems, I was pleasantly surprised at how strong it was!
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Does anybody know what the difference is in construction from a motorhome to a trailer? Our Sunseeker seems to have an extremely stout roof. There have been 2 of us up there working on a couple things and I didn't feel any flex or soft spots at all. I'm actually up there quite often cleaning and checking the caulk.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:56 PM   #8
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I take 3 pieces of 3/8 inch plywood about 12 by 18 to spread the weight out. Solved the issue for my 250 lb frame
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:15 PM   #9
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I owned a Pilgrim 1500 21PRB before purchasing the SV-291...granted Pilgrim International has gone under, but has since been taken over by Evergreen. Comparatively speaking after owning the SV-291 for three months, the Pilgrim was by far a superior trailer! I could walk on the roof all day long, with no issues of separating roof seams, or interior walls! So, I guess the bottom line for the RV industry...make a well built trailer, go out of business! I know this sounds harsh, but so far the quality of my SV-291 Surveyor, which is a $25,000.00 trailer, is poor to say the least!

I do appreciate your inputs, but if the manufacturer designs the trailer for an optional roof ladder, wouldn't you think the roof would be constructed to support that option too?

I understand the Surveyor line is not the top line for Forest River, but what caught my eye in shopping for my new trailer was the advertisement on how well build the Suvyeor line was!

I'm in for the long haul with this trailer...my money for the purchase did not come off the money tree! I'll make the best of it, but will not purchase another Surveyor!

My two cents worth...
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I have been on the roof of our V-Lite a number of times to clean off the slides prior to departure of a campsite to just inspecting the seams etc. The roof seems very solid to me however what kind of suprised me was how the TPO membrane was not tight and glued down. After talking to the service manager and FR I know now it is designed and manufactured that way to allow it contract and expand when required. Other than that I am very pleased with how ours is put together.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #11
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For the most part it does sound like the marjority of Forest River owners are happy with their units! I do realize that a product that is mass produced, not every single one is perfect. Like I mentioned, I'm in for the long haul and feel that a slide that leaks, roof separating, interior walls separating, defective Thetford water valve, defective Suburban water heater Module board, and defective Concertone AM/FM/DVD/CD player fits outside the box in terms of quality control from Forest River! Especially since the trailer is less than six months old...it's only been in my hands since the end of October.

My biggest dilemma...finding a dealing that will accept warranty issues with my trailer. Since the trailer was not purchased locally, they are reluctant to offer service!

Anyway...moral of the original post...be limited on walking on the roof!
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For the most part it does sound like the marjority of Forest River owners are happy with their units! I do realize that a product that is mass produced, not every single one is perfect. Like I mentioned, I'm in for the long haul and feel that a slide that leaks, roof separating, interior walls separating, defective Thetford water valve, defective Suburban water heater Module board, and defective Concertone AM/FM/DVD/CD player fits outside the box in terms of quality control from Forest River! Especially since the trailer is less than six months old...it's only been in my hands since the end of October.

My biggest dilemma...finding a dealing that will accept warranty issues with my trailer. Since the trailer was not purchased locally, they are reluctant to offer service!

Anyway...moral of the original post...be limited on walking on the roof!

I understand where you are coming from. Our 08 Ram 2500 megacab was in the shop 37 time in the first 25 months and is still not fixed to my satisfaction. But the 04 Ram we had prior only saw the shop for regular maintenance. in 4 years and 187,000km.
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Tell them to offer service or next rv will not be from them.
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Does anybody know what the difference is in construction from a motorhome to a trailer? Our Sunseeker seems to have an extremely stout roof. There have been 2 of us up there working on a couple things and I didn't feel any flex or soft spots at all. I'm actually up there quite often cleaning and checking the caulk.
I believe your roof is made the same as mine. It's fibreglass and not a rubber surface covering. I'm 235 and I get up on mine to clean it and inspect the seams. I do try to avoid the areas where the ducts run through the ceiling.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:52 PM   #15
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scubieman...

I have yet to figure out if it's the economy or Retail/Dealers just don't give a crap! Now, I can not vouch for my home Pensacola, Florida...but in the Hampton Roads area of Virgina (Va. Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk)the Dealers do pick and choose what work they will accept! This spring my best shot may be to head home with the trailer and see what the Dealer response is on warranty!
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I am 275 lbs. I called FR (service/warr dept) and asked them. I was told they have up to 3 people on the roofs working at a time. I was told it was no problem, just use common sense. ie jumping up and down.
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Thanks Buccello!
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Thanks Buccello!
I'm Somewhat lucky. I have a dealer across town that said they would work on my RV ONLY IF there clients that bought from them are taken care of first which im fine with. Plus i have another dealer about 2 1/2 to 3 hours away in case something really urgent needs to be fixed. Lucky there is not much to RV that would make the thing useless too me.
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Just put vent covers on my SV-305 this past Saturday. I do not like walking up there!!! I noticed the "splintering" sound of plywood even when trying to step where there seemed to be a support running through (slight rise)...I guess that's what insurance is for....crashing! My next roof top adventure will be putting that eternabond tape on all the seams...I'll try not to gain any extra weight between now and then.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:47 PM   #20
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I just installed my third Maxx-Air vent cover today, and it amazes me that the workmanship is so poor on the roof my Surveyor! There's not one spot I can walk without hearing a cracking sound...looks like I'll have to invest in some scaffolding for my next roof adventure!
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