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Old 08-10-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Roof safety

Hi fellas. I have a Monarch which has a fiberglass roof. I hit a low branch pulling the coach into storage and busted part of the plastic covering on my rear A/C unit. I think I can repair it with some JB Weld but need to get up on the roof to inspect and remove the A/C cover. I'm about 200#s. I have never been up on the roof before. Is it necessary to lay a piece of plywood down to distribute my weight, or can I just walk or crawl on the roof?
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:56 PM   #2
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I'm only 185 and climb up on my Monach's roof all the time with no problem. Wouldn't let a dozen people dance up there but you should be fine.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:20 PM   #3
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Be careful about stepping on the end cap where the ladder attaches to. Mine says 150# weight limit but I do not step onto it as it seems like it won't handle much weight at all.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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You should be ok on the roof. Just be careful.
Have had to repair our A/C shroud in the past. I used fiberglass cloth and two part epoxy. Applied on the inside of the shroud. Did a great job. Wear latex gloves and use Acetone to clean up with. Also the same type of repair works well on cracked front lower fiberglass panels.
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:07 PM   #5
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Sounds good, thanks fellas. I actually looked through the owners manual and it did not contain any info about being up on the roof. Darn branch. I'm hoping the plastic pieces are under the A/C cover, if not, I may be using fiberglass as well.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:54 PM   #6
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I'm +225 and don't have a problem on the roof.

While your working on the AC shroud I would suggest you add some extra screws all the way around as mine only came with 4 and the fiberglass was cracking apart. I put 4 extra screws in each shroud.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:39 PM   #7
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Unless you're somebody who feels completely at home using ladders to get to high places - I recommend you consider using something other than the ladder on the back of the coach if/when you get up on the roof.

I had no problems using the access ladder to get up there ... however, I was not at all comfortable using it to get my fat (260 lb) backside down. You have to go down it backwards - which almost certainly means stepping onto the curved and flimsy fiberglass end cap, while bending down to grab the handles at the top so you can start down the ladder. One misstep and you're falling ... backwards. I didn't want to risk it - and instead waited for my brother in law to swing past with a real ladder before I got down off the roof.

The next day I went out and bought a Werner 17' Multi-Position Ladder. Configured as a stepladder, I can reach anywhere on the side of the coach. Configured as a 17' straight ladder - I can place it along side and get on/off the roof without feeling like I'm risking a bad fall. It's compact enough to stick in the "basement" - and is rated to carry my weight.,
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:30 AM   #8
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Agree !
Just like a Ferris wheel, the top 3rd coming down is a DOOZY
I considered parking downhill to get up that ladder, but decided to lean a regular ladder up against the flimsy supplied ladder to give me some comfort
but my ample arse has been up there without any issue... and wife made me take pictures to limit the time I was up there (or prove to her I actually went up there !)

a rope and basket to haul all your tools and stuff (and a helper) is good!

Obviously don't get up there when wet or if dew is up there (AC may wet it!)
be careful as, for some, it can be disorienting when looking at where you are walking and still seeing the ground out of the corner of your eye

Don't step on any caulking/sealant - just step over them... and sit down/kneel down when working as bending over on an angled roof is weird
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Hi fellas. I have a Monarch which has a fiberglass roof. I hit a low branch pulling the coach into storage and busted part of the plastic covering on my rear A/C unit. I think I can repair it with some JB Weld but need to get up on the roof to inspect and remove the A/C cover. I'm about 200#s. I have never been up on the roof before. Is it necessary to lay a piece of plywood down to distribute my weight, or can I just walk or crawl on the roof?
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Bill, the weight is no problem, but the big question is your physical agility! Only you can decide if you're capable of doing that!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Hi fellas. I have a Monarch which has a fiberglass roof. I hit a low branch pulling the coach into storage and busted part of the plastic covering on my rear A/C unit. I think I can repair it with some JB Weld but need to get up on the roof to inspect and remove the A/C cover. I'm about 200#s. I have never been up on the roof before. Is it necessary to lay a piece of plywood down to distribute my weight, or can I just walk or crawl on the roof?

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Bill,

You'll be fine getting on the roof. I go about 220 and do it at least twice a year for clean up duty. If you decide a replacement cover is better look here:

http://www.icondirect.com/categories...hSkaAq9E8P8HAQ

These are heavier than OEM and very well made.


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You guys are great, thanks for the tip. I was up there last night. No problem, but as someone mentioned, going down is a bit harder! And I also used an additional ladder. The flimsy plastic shroud had a bunch of cracks in it which I don't think I caused - plastic just takes a beating by the sun. I'm going to repair this one and order a new one on-line. I really like trading with local businesses, but the local MH shop quoted me $200 for this shroud and they would need to order it anyway.
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100 bucks from camping world. Get a new one. If it flys off at a car behind you it could cause an accident.


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Old 08-11-2015, 05:53 PM   #13
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Short answer is No problem with you on the roof (See note)

I woke up this AM at 312 and I have walked all over the roof. When a blower motor crapped Shwn is is nearly as big as I joined me on the roof to put in a replacement (Between his tool box and my brain the job was very easy).

The note: If the roof is leaking and the wind it's a howling.... (title of a song or close to it)

You may have some rotted wood, If that is the case step carefully.. But so long as the roof is in good condition it is roughly as strong as the kitchen floor.. OH, and you clean it the same way too.. Mop (or long handled soft bristled Van wash brush) Bucket, Spic & Span, water and a garden hose to rinse with.
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