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Old 12-21-2016, 04:46 PM   #1
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Walking-the-Roof of a Jayco Swift SLX???

Is it safe to walk the roof of a Jayco Swift SLX?

An online video instruction for installing a winter cover on travel trailers depicts the owner/installer walking on the roof of his travel trailer to install the winter cover. Wow! I dinnae ken that a travel trailer roof could support a grown man.

A quick answer is appreciated as I need to cover my travel trailer for the first time.

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Old 12-21-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Yes the roof can support the weight of a person.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:43 PM   #3
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Walkin' topside

BOATS - not sure it matters, and have no idea what kind RV you have, but will provide you my experience. As you can surmise from my Signature at the bottom of this post, my Jayco is just a small TT. I'm also a light sailor (@125 #), and I've done some maintenance to the top of my trailer. However, I'm still cautious about putting any significant, concentrated weight on the roof while performing that maintenance. Additionally, should you go about 800 #, I'd recommend staying off the top of the RV, regardless of type. Despite what all the Forum's informed members say, one never knows if maybe an anomaly exists (bad frame, a little rot, etc.) and you put your foot through the overhead and/or injure yourself. Inasmuch as your title (BOS'N) indicates some seagoing experience, I'd recommend you fall back on that and insure your gear is adequate for the mission.
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Old 12-21-2016, 10:39 PM   #4
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Have always been told they are designed to support your weight for walking. It's one of their marketing statements they promote. Only had our trailer since last spring and have walked around on it a few times. Feels sturdy and not as if it is straining under my weight (180lbs). That said, I walk and step easily, try not to put my weight (feet) close together and do not kneel down since that might create a small depression that could cause a problem. I'm sure the maintenance crews are not as easy on them when they are up there doing service but hey, it's mine.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:00 AM   #5
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My father in law used to have a Jayco Swift. I did all the routine maintenance on it and walked on the roof. Granted the roof did flex a bit with me (225 pounds), but it still held me. How else do they expect you to do routine maintenance on the roof?
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Old 12-22-2016, 05:20 AM   #6
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I put mine on without, well almost, not getting on the roof. I benefitted from the trailer backed up close to the house, so i got on the roof of the house and onto the back of the trailer just to get the cover over the new style TV antenna they now use without damaging it. The 8' and 7' SLX roofs differ quite a bit, the 8' is domed, where the 7 is flatter. I did get on the roof of my previous 7' SLX, to put on the Max-airs, there was no issues, but i didn't move around much on it .... i would prefer not to be up on it. If you can cover without getting on the roof, thats the way i would go .... a friend and a couple of stepladders should do it, especially the fact the antenna folds down, and the A/C is on the side of the RV
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To be overly cautious you could carry a section of plywood to spread your weight.

According to the warranty I need to check the seals a couple times per year. To me that means crawling on the roof.
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Gee, I walk on my SLX 264BHW at least twice a year installing/removing the ADCO cover. NO issues at all, also would be hard to clean roof w/o walking on it....

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Old 12-22-2016, 03:01 PM   #9
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I got up on my roof once to install a vent cover for the bathroom fan. Like jayco jay, I didn't like the way it felt. I much prefer to work off a ladder if at all possible. I also put on my adco cover without getting on the roof by using an a frame ladder, creative folding/deploying, and a pole with a piece of pool noodle as a poker to direct it as I unroll. Took about 45 minutes, probably a bit slower than getting on the roof.
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I have to get on the roof of my 19RD to install the winter cover. Twice, so far. I admit to 200#, but I expect a scale will show significantly more.


I stay on my hands and knees, keeping a hand planted at all times to distribute my weight. I have never felt any significant flex in the roof while I have been up there.


I tend to stay away from the middle of the roof where the internal support is limited.
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