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Old 11-15-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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Snow on the roof

We just took delivery of our 2015.5 315WP last week,and of course the next day the snows came.Currently there is about 10" of snow up there.Since there apparently no such thing as a snow load rating for RV roof systems ( as there are in residential construction) my question is "how much snow is too much snow based on personal experience"? I've had 3 feet on the roof of my Expedition All Aluminum enclosed 4 place sled trailer several times with no problems and our old Franklin class C had 3 and sometimes 4 feet of snow on it when we used it as a snowmobile cabin (had it parked all winter at our property)
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:24 AM   #2
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I wouldn't leave more than 2' accumulate on the roof. get one of those soft snow rakes for when it gets to that but I'm willing to bet it takes a while to get there most will blow off with the wind. Cleaned min off once last winter got 2 ' of the heavy wet stuff.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:39 AM   #3
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I'm in the northwest lower peninsula of mi by Gaylord.We can easily get 2' of snow overnight.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:01 AM   #4
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We just took delivery of our 2015.5 315WP last week,and of course the next day the snows came.Currently there is about 10" of snow up there.Since there apparently no such thing as a snow load rating for RV roof systems ( as there are in residential construction) my question is "how much snow is too much snow based on personal experience"? Ive had 3 feet on the roof of my Expedition All Aluminum enclosed 4 place sled trailer several times with no problems and our old Franklin class C had 3 and sometimes 4 feet of snow on it when we used it as a snowmobile cabin (had it parked all winter at our property)
My prime time manual says snow load is 5 inches. I use a broom and ladderto lightly sweep the snow off.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:04 AM   #5
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I doubt you'll have any problems since dealerships leave snow on them without issue. I'd worry about falling off or damaging the roof or a vent\cover by whacking it with a broom or snow rake. Your choice. Be careful.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:40 AM   #6
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Just saw on news some town in Wisconsin may have a new state record with over 50 inches of snow, that's alot
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:48 AM   #7
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Just saw on news some town in Wisconsin may have a new state record with over 50 inches of snow, that's alot
Probably the same storm that dumped four feet in upper Michigan.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:42 AM   #8
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I tilt my from front to back so when the sun hits it some of it will melt
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
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My prime time manual says snow load is 5 inches. I use a broom and ladderto lightly sweep the snow off.
What's a prime time manual? Also, 5" is a small amount of snow, especially if it's lake effect snow. I would be very skeptical of a max snow load of only 5".
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:01 PM   #10
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Keweenaw peninsula had 45" in 10 days. I guess I need clean off my 5er roof.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:20 PM   #11
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We also tilt ours slightly. And if it's really bad you can always turn the heat on for a few hours...a little loss of propane might be worth losing some of the snow.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #12
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My new Tundra is very tall and I picked one of these Snow Brooms at the store....it's VERY soft so no worries about scratching anything and extends quite far to pull off snow....would be handy on the top of an RV, too! (We are at 7,000 feet here so the sun is warm, even in winter, and rarely do we need to get the snow off the RV.....the sun melts it off within a few days, even when we get a foot or more.)

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