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Old 03-29-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Walk on roof?

When doing my research into what trailer to purchase, several companies advertised a 'walk on roof' (one even has a photo of a truck sitting on the roof). My understanding is all roofs are walk on.

So my question on the Columbus is: what kind of weight is supported? I'm not planning on parking on it any time soon, but would like to have an idea of is the designed limits. I'd hate to be up there cleaning it and damage it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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I believe most roofs can support the load of a person walking on them, but the materials may be damaged more easily.
If you are a NASCAR fan, star watcher, or REALLY like to sleep under the stars, a more durable roof cover would be a good idea. I would hate to see the rubber roof on my Prime Time get a tear.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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Feel free to walk on our roof. It's why we have that great ladder in the rear. If you come to the plant it's not unusual to see 3-4 workers on a roof at the same time.
Our roof is one of our many fine construction features. We spend more to provide a better than average roof system.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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Thickness of Columbus laminated roof

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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That's good to know. I won't feel like I'm walking on eggshells then!
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:44 AM   #6
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Just out of curiosity, how thick is it at the sides where the walls meet the roof?
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Hmmm. Crickets in that one I guess.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #8
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So does that roof not have any roof trusses, like our Flagstaff?
I take it that the thin plywood is glued to the styrofoam, top and bottom, and the whole structure is a type of monocoque design?
I do know that ours does seem pretty solid, even without trusses.
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Columbus does have roof trusses. I'm not sure how the smaller Flagstaff are built .
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Columbus does have roof trusses. I'm not sure how the smaller Flagstaff are built .
So the trusses, styrofoam, and luan are all glued together as one unit?
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Yes they are all bonded together.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:15 AM   #12
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The fellow next to us walked on his roof wearing his golf shoes! My wife was speechless. No idea whatever happened to him or his roof as he only stayed the one night, but it can't be good!
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The fellow next to us walked on his roof wearing his golf shoes! My wife was speechless. No idea whatever happened to him or his roof as he only stayed the one night, but it can't be good!
He should have taken a drop and the penalty stroke.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #14
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Look at it this way he won's slip off the roof even if it is wet.
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If the Columbus is anything like the Crusader and Sanibel, the roof is very well built.
This is what we saw when at the factory in Feb. There werre several guys working on the top at one time with no issues.
I wouldn't wear golf shoes though...





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He should have taken a drop and the penalty stroke.

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #17
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Am I the only one that noticed that the factory rep answered the questions of non Columbus owners but ignored the one from the guy who dropped $50k on one?

I know, I know......ask my dealer.
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What was your question captain?
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See Post #6 above.

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Just out of curiosity, how thick is it at the sides where the walls meet the roof?
Other than that pic of the roof with a ruler, I have yet to see any info on design specifics. Even with a cutaway view, you still don't get to see dimensions much less engineering drawings. I got a feeling on a public forum, giving out too much info just lets the crows eat it up. Those crows are the competition by the way. You may have better luck asking specific design questions in a private message, email, etc.
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