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Old 03-28-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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safe to walk on roof of Jayfeather?

...and I'm not worried if it's safe for me, but whether it's safe for the trailer

I've read a few old posts from people that mention using boards when they're up on their RV roof or having a 'fully supported roof' as an option on their travel trailers - so I'm wondering now if I should be walking on the roof of my Jayfeather?

Would I be at risk of putting a foot through the ceiling? Does walking on the roof loosen calking and/or seams?

I have a cover for it and I'm wondering if I should be up there when I put it on, or whether I should be using ladders instead?
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of walking on "soft material" TT roofs. Never did like the idea of my 230 lbs weight under my one foot (as I stop and move my other foot to a different roof spot). 230 lbs of weight on a little 4" x 10" area sound dangerious. Especially on a soft material roof.

On my 2006 Jayco 29FBS (Jayfeather class), I'm on my roof every 6 months for inspection, cleaning and applying treatment. For this task, I slip soft padded Knee pads on, remove my shoes (wear thick socks) and crawl on my TT's roof. Always applying 3 contact points at the exact same time. And, I crawl at the roof's edges and reach inward - to the middle roof area. Did the same for my previous 1993 19ft Prowler TT as well. Never had a problem using 3 contact points and slowly crawling.

In a perfect white board diagram world, using a flat 5/8" plywood board sounds even better. Thus, distributing the body weight even more. Perhaps I should start using 2 x plywood sheets as well? Thus, even much safer (for my heavy weight body) as well...

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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I avoid getting on the roof as much as possible. You don't want to pivot on one foot on the rubber roofing.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:09 AM   #4
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As soon as the snow is off & I remove the cover I plan to use a pce of luan about 1/4 thick (2'x4') flexable & light. It's the stuff they use as an underlayment when installing linolium floors to crawl around on.checking the roof.
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