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Old 02-19-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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How Screwed Am I?

We have a 2004 Jayco 23B and love it. We store it for the winter in a spot that unfortunately doesn't get much sun. It's also not very accessible for us. It's been a very cold and very snowy here in Michigan.

I finally got around to checking on it the other day and was dismayed to see that snow load appears to have caused some sag in the roof. It looks like the A/C and surrounding area is about an inch or so lower than the edges.

I was able to get up and rake off most of the snow up to the point where taking anything more off would probably start damaging the membrane as it's pretty packed down the rest of the way. Still, I got a significant amount off.

Now, I will say that in 2012 we had it inspected and my dealer found that the A/C unit had not been properly bolted (which, as I found here, was a fairly common problem) and that this had already pulled the roof down somewhat. Up to that point and since we had no leaks, so the problems from that didn't compromise the roof.

Today is the first day that we're supposed to go above freezing. Tomorrow will also be warmer, plus we're going to get some rain, which I'm not happy about as I expect this will create some soaking into the existing stuff up there, which will only add more weight. Still, after all that I should know for sure if this caused any damage.

Any thoughts? Anything I can do in the immediate term? If it does appear that it's damaged, I will have to call my insurance company, but I have no idea what I would do to get the thing out of where it is, as it's surrounded by a few feet of snow.

What a nightmare.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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Don't lose sleep over it, at this point what is done is done. If there is real damage, turn in the claim to insurance. That is what it is for.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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The older 23B's were known to have a fairly flat roof and the weight of the the center mounted A/C didn't help.

My BIL had a 2006 23B and he had issues with water always collecting around the A/C on the roof and couldn't do anything about it. He also developed a leak around the A/C which was a bear to fix even with a new A/C seal because the roof was settling a little around the A/C unit. In his case he was to the point of considering putting some kind of decorative floor-to-ceiling support inside the HTT near the A/C location.

He sold his 23B for a bigger TT a couple of years ago.


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I finally bit the bullet and bought an Adco cover. I have a little more piece of mind. Hoping this takes care of any water standing in low spots on the roof.
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Crank the nose of the RV way up or way down that way rain and melt water will flow off faster. Your not using the fridge so it does not have to be level.
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If you could see how that roof is built then you would understand why the roof sags in the AC area. Its a laminated flat roof Where the AC unit is are 2 2x2 aluminum tubes running from side to side that support the AC unit. in the 14" x 14" opening Jayco drills a hole in the center of the tube for the wires to go thru. This weakens the tubing and the weight of the AC and the consent flexing while driving down the road causes the sag in the roof.
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Originally Posted by Seann45 View Post
Crank the nose of the RV way up or way down that way rain and melt water will flow off faster. Your not using the fridge so it does not have to be level.
X2, I crank mine up during the winter months.
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may be worth it to tie a tarp over the AC , covering from side to side to help keep some of the rain out of the dip... Good Luck
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I do always keep it tilted when not in use. This was during a season where we had record snowfall, weeks where the temps didn't go above freezing, and no sun hitting the roof, so it wasn't melting.

I now keep it at a storage facility so it will get some sun, at least as much as Michigan winters offer.
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