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Old 02-12-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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No, this has nothing to do with age and hair color.

A bunch of you live in a much snowier climate than me so I am going to the experts.

Over the last 7 days, we have seen about 36 inches of snow. Should I be concerned about the weight on the roof of the trailer?


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36" is quite a bit, and I would imagine it's wet and heavy. If you are careful enough you can sweep it off, I would NOT use a shovel as you would probably damage the roof skin, not to mention all the other goodies up there. Also be careful of where you are stepping so you don't go through a roof vent.

You could call Cross roads and find out what the load rating is on the roof, but still 3 feet is quite a bit especially when it starts melting and refreezing possibly creating other problems.
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I had 12" on mine last year and was concerned with that amount. 36" is a lot of weight. They make a snow rake that might help get it off without walking on it. I would try to get off as much as possible but as mentioned above, be carefull of vents, antenna etc. If you can get it down to about 8-10" that should be OK.
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I was planning to use a push broom and stand on a step ladder. So far it is pretty light and fluffy, but I did not think about the melting and re-freezing.

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See now if you lived in it full time the heat from inside would melt it as it falls and then you get 12 foot icicles



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36" sure seems like alot of snow. i have about inches on mine right now. auto part store sell a cheap tool to remove snow. its a rectangle foam pad (about 4" x 16" x 2" thick) with a hard plastic piece inside, it attaches to a broom stick. we have them at work and we use them on all our vehicles. works well. also you might want to move the nose of your trailer either up or down (not level) so that any melting snow wont just lay up there...or hook it up to your truck and go for a ride.
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36" is way to much. Keep in mind on a decent length 5th wheel thats over 4K in snow load depending on water content.





Up in our area when I accumulate over a foot of snow I evaluate whether to remove it or not (fluffy or wet?)
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I cleaned it off yesterday. The pushbroom idea did not work out. I used a garden rake (tine side facing up) and pulled the snow off of the roof. IT worked well, other than the snow down the sleves of the coat every once in a while

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Old 02-12-2010, 11:34 PM   #10
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That wouls not have bothered me at all, The snow is pread out over such an area that I dont think it would have mattered. You locked in my thought when you said it was light.



But I'm pretty lazey and I hate doing any thing in the cold so this might have clouded my thoughts a little.
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csham -



You made the right choice to clean it off. I don't rush out to clean mine during a storm but I do make a effort to remove it in a timely manner if there is a large amount or a chance of rain followinga heavy snow. Snow does fall evenly on a roof typically but it's still a static load. That static load is transfered through your trailer from roof to axles.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:14 AM   #12
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Here's what my Cruiser looked like last year after we had about 18" of snow fall. A day after this photo was taken we had another 12".





I went up my ladder and useda push broom to clear most of it off. Just be carefull of the roof vent covers, they get brittle when cold. I hit one with the side of the broom and cracked it.
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Myself,-- I would never let my 5er set with that much snow on the roof. For those of you that have been up there and walked around on a cruiser roof you probably seen how it bows in between the rafters. In my opinion, if a load like that was left up there, in the spring the roof would more then likely look like an old sway back horse.

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Kind of looks like a big layer of frosting on top of the camper

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I must be the odd man, mine is home on my drive, I winterized about the #rd week in October and have not been it since, I don't touch the snow, I do have both the A/C's covered but I probably have a foot of snow on the roof, I have necer had a problem, I changed all the vent covers and installed the cyclone air vets and I am afraid that all the plastic is brittle, so best to leave it alone, I did seal every jooint and all the seams with etrnabond tape during the summer so I am hoping everything will be fiine come mid April...another thought, you never see a dealer out clearing the roof..............
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yeah...we all know that dealers are always doing the right thing. i brought home a leaky trailer-brand new. maybe my dealer didnt remove snow of my trailer.
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They clean them up here - the good dealers do anyways when they have storms which dump a lot of snow back-to-back. Why would a crappy dealer clean off the roof - they only have the trailer for a few months, you buy it. It leaks within warranty, they get paid to fix it. It leaks outside of warranty, you pay them to fix it.

My dealer sells high end Carriage products and after 18" of snow they are cleaned.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:33 AM   #18
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mike i totally agree. good dealers like that are hard to come by.
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Better yet, keep it inside where the snow doesn't touch it. Or we could all move south where it doesn't get cold or snow, maybe CUBA?
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If it was a light snow you could use your leaf blower ??? I told you I'm lazy lol
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