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Old 01-13-2019, 03:21 PM   #1
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Snow on the roof??

I have about 6 inches of snow on 5er roof . Is it better to climb up there and broom it off ,or just leave it be. How much snow can they handle on the roof? With my weight plus the weight of the snow might be to much
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:46 PM   #2
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0ne inch thickness of snow per sq ft weighs about one lb.
So your 6 inches per sq ft is about 6 lbs. Much much less than a 200 lb person standing in that same sq ft.
To each their own, but right now I also have about 6-7 inches on our Lexi, and not even thinkin about it..
At times I've had has much as 28 inches on the roof and didn't worry about it.
Think of all the rigs sitting up in Indiana on dealers/factory lots in snow. Dosen't hurt them a bit.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:06 PM   #3
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0ne inch thickness of snow per sq ft weighs about one lb.
So your 6 inches per sq ft is about 6 lbs. Much much less than a 200 lb person standing in that same sq ft.
To each their own, but right now I also have about 6-7 inches on our Lexi, and not even thinkin about it..
At times I've had has much as 28 inches on the roof and didn't worry about it.
Think of all the rigs sitting up in Indiana on dealers/factory lots in snow. Dosen't hurt them a bit.
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Exactly. They sit on dealers' lots up here in the Northeast all winter long and the roofs don't cave in.
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Ok guys, thanks
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:43 PM   #5
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we've had as much as 2 feet with ice crystals and crust on our BH when we had it.
I got up on the roof without issue. however shoveling the roof may result in membrane damage and or damage to covers as well as tank vents.
we now and have for 3 years stored our trailers into inside storage from late Oct to mid April for 12$ a foot for up to 7 months.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:53 PM   #6
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we've had as much as 2 feet with ice crystals and crust on our BH when we had it.
I got up on the roof without issue. however shoveling the roof may result in membrane damage and or damage to covers as well as tank vents.
we now and have for 3 years stored our trailers into inside storage from late Oct to mid April for 12$ a foot for up to 7 months.
Were from Canada and leave our rig outside. Should not be a problem!!
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Were from Canada and leave our rig outside. Should not be a problem!!
A couple years ago we hade a total of 15.6 feet of snow over the winter in New Brunswick. PEI had over 17.6 feet that winter as well.

After cleaning the trailer roof off I literally could walk off the roof onto the pile.

all my point was is that if you are getting up on the roof one may end up damaging their covers (I lost 2 of my 3 cyclone tank vent covers in one winter and 2 the next winter.)
I also stepped on my skylight covers so - if you are climbing up to shovel off then they may damage items on the roof. 6 inches to a foot should be ok.
if the person has tree branches local to the trailer that are breaking off the snow may also be a padding against puncture.
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we've had as much as 2 feet with ice crystals and crust on our BH when we had it.
I got up on the roof without issue. however shoveling the roof may result in membrane damage and or damage to covers as well as tank vents.
we now and have for 3 years stored our trailers into inside storage from late Oct to mid April for 12$ a foot for up to 7 months.
Ditto, be really careful removing the snow from the roof. If it sits there awhile and hardens it can be difficult to remove. I ended up scratching my sunroof and breaking my refrigerator vent cover trying to chip away at the load.
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Just don't try to drive with the snow on it. It can easily overload your hitch weight or kingpin weight and bend them. Also could overload your vehicle weight rating.
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Just don't try to drive with the snow on it. It can easily overload your hitch weight or kingpin weight and bend them. Also could overload your vehicle weight rating.
Not legal in New Jersey to drive with snow on your roof of any vehicle.
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I have seen many, many posts on various R/V forums about damage being done while TRYING to remove snow from a R/V roof.

I have not read/heard one report of damage from simply letting it be.

I drive past several R/V dealers and there are hundreds of R/Vs sitting in the dealer lots with various amounts of snow on them every winter from one foot to many feet.
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I have about 6 inches of snow on 5er roof . Is it better to climb up there and broom it off ,or just leave it be. How much snow can they handle on the roof? With my weight plus the weight of the snow might be to much
A trusted rv dealer told me the roofs can handle the snow, it's a repeated thaw and re freeze that can sometimes cause trouble. I didn't really know how to interpret that. The few times I'd store the rv outside, I'd try to remove some snow and let the sun work it's magic. My main objective I guess was to try to avoid ice buildup between the roof and snow from reoccurring thaw/freeze. Less snow to melt, less melt to refreeze. Best bet is to winter the rv under another roof.
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A trusted rv dealer told me the roofs can handle the snow, it's a repeated thaw and re freeze that can sometimes cause trouble. I didn't really know how to interpret that. The few times I'd store the rv outside, I'd try to remove some snow and let the sun work it's magic. My main objective I guess was to try to avoid ice buildup between the roof and snow from reoccurring thaw/freeze. Less snow to melt, less melt to refreeze. Best bet is to winter the rv under another roof.
no the Best bet is to winter down south with no snow. Better for the RV and better foe ME
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Not legal in New Jersey to drive with snow on your roof of any vehicle.


Got hit with snow and Ice all morning from cars and trucks that never cleaned there roofs off.
Never seen a cop for forty miles .
Seen many cars and trucks completely covered except for front windshields. People are lazy !!!
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When I worked, we had to clean the snow off our trucks before we could leave the yard.
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How about ice? This is the first winter for mine. I decided to use a roof top cover vs a full cover. I'm just concerned about ice built up around the a/c and antenna.
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no the Best bet is to winter down south with no snow. Better for the RV and better foe ME
Can't argue that if it's an option ;-)
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Maybe I should just camp in it for a weekend and turn on the heat. Maybe that will melt the snow off the roof
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Use extreme caution if you are going to get on the roof with the snow up there. It could be VERY slippery.
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