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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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Cool

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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Old 02-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #7
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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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Old 02-11-2011, 07:44 AM   #10
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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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