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Old 02-23-2021, 10:50 PM   #1
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Is my slide out roof strong enough to walk on?

I recently purchased a 2021 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2906 with 3 slides. I'm wondering if the roofs of the slides are strong enough to walk on to sweep off debris and branches before retracting them? I would access them from my walkable main roof of the camper. Thank you for any input or suggestions you can provide.
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Emmmm.... probably not. You need a longer broom handle to reach the slide from the roof or a long ladder to reach it from the side.
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I recently purchased a 2021 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2906 with 3 slides. I'm wondering if the roofs of the slides are strong enough to walk on to sweep off debris and branches before retracting them? I would access them from my walkable main roof of the camper. Thank you for any input or suggestions you can provide.
Regular roof, Yes.
Slideout roof, I Wouldn't. Doesn't have the same bracing.
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I would say that's a hard "no" for the reasons mentioned previously.

You could have slideout toppers installed. That would prevent you from needing to get up there in the first place. The stuff just falls off.
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There was a boot print on the top of mine when I took delivery.
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Used to broom our three slides from the main roof until I saw one of my brother in laws using a battery operated blower while cleaning his. By the next trip I had a Ryobi cordless blower that I keep with the fifth wheel. Works very well even when the leaves or whatever else is there are wet. Much easier then the broom.
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I weigh just under 200lbs and I walk on all three of the slide roofs on my Rockwood Windjammer all of the time — for the last five or so years. They are more rigid and sturdy than the main roof.

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I had a Ryobi cordless blower that I keep with the fifth wheel. Works very well even when the leaves or whatever else is there are wet. Much easier then the broom.
Just about every time I get up onto my roof, I take my DeWALT cordless leaf blower up there with me. It is great for getting just about everything off of the roof and slide roofs. I especially like how easy it makes cleaning out the gutters.

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I wouldn't. Better off to get a slide topper (awning) to keep debris off of the top. Well worth the cost.
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A Slide Topper, leaf blower, or long handled broom are all preferable to walking on the slide roof.
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Is my slide out roof strong enough to walk on?

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Used to broom our three slides from the main roof until I saw one of my brother in laws using a battery operated blower while cleaning his. By the next trip I had a Ryobi cordless blower that I keep with the fifth wheel. Works very well even when the leaves or whatever else is there are wet. Much easier then the broom.
X2! been doing that for a few years now.
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Old 02-24-2021, 07:06 PM   #13
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I recently purchased a 2021 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2906 with 3 slides. I'm wondering if the roofs of the slides are strong enough to walk on to sweep off debris and branches before retracting them? I would access them from my walkable main roof of the camper. Thank you for any input or suggestions you can provide.

NO NO NO NO NO NO


Don't even think about it. If you have kids be sure they never hold the middle of the slide out trim and hang even for a moment. If they do it will cause the center to crack.

THERE IS NO INTEGRITY IN THE SLIDE OUT ROOF.
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Old 02-24-2021, 07:30 PM   #14
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Used to broom our three slides from the main roof until I saw one of my brother in laws using a battery operated blower while cleaning his. By the next trip I had a Ryobi cordless blower that I keep with the fifth wheel. Works very well even when the leaves or whatever else is there are wet. Much easier then the broom.
That's what we do, way faster and IMO much safer.
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Getting up on a wet and maybe a slippery roof, carrying something, 10-11 feet high is something I just do not take a chance on. Get a slide topper and stay safe. First thing I had installed on my last TT.
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I weigh just under 200lbs and I walk on all three of the slide roofs on my Rockwood Windjammer all of the time for the last five or so years. They are more rigid and sturdy than the main roof.

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X2. I walk on mine without any concern.
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I weigh just under 200lbs and I walk on all three of the slide roofs on my Rockwood Windjammer all of the time for the last five or so years. They are more rigid and sturdy than the main roof.

Bruce
I took pictures of a Wildcat technician kneeling on the roof of two of my three slide-outs at Goshen one year. He was a good deal heavier than my 190 lbs. Since then FR installed toppers on all three slide-outs. Now I don't/can't walk on them but they would hold me up.
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Old 02-26-2021, 04:06 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone for your valuable feedback about walking on my slides. I found a long-handled broom that will reach across the slides while I'm standing on the roof which should work just fine. As for the risk/danger of being up so high and risk off falling off, not to worry - they say it isn't the fall that kills ya, it's the sudden stop at the end :-).
Thanks everyone again. Looking forward to spring and camping.
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:23 PM   #19
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I would say that's a hard "no" for the reasons mentioned previously.
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That was one of the selling features brought up on our 260RB Transcend - the slide is walkable.
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:31 PM   #20
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I disagree.. most of your slides have couches or chairs in them which support your weight already. Assuming you aren't a really big guy I wouldn't worry about walking on your slides... just try to stay away from the edges which you probably already would.
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