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Old 02-14-2014, 06:43 PM   #15
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I'd go out and take a picture, then go home, sit in front of the fire and enjoy a nice drink.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:35 PM   #16
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What is your opionion of an additional 4,500 to 10,000 lbs of weight on the suspension of a coach, especially on a coach with spring suspension, (not air suspension)?

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I wonder how much weight RV roofs are designed and built to carry?
I'm not sure my opinion means much but I wouldn't worry about the suspension. We just had about 8" of snow here and it's piled high on the roof of my Winnebago, but I can't detect any visible suspension squat. If I can't even see it then I can't imagine it is hurting anything, especially until static conditions.

As to what RV roofs are designed for, who knows, I'm not aware of any standard. Higher-quality units are no doubt built better than lower-quality units but I'd expect most anything to be reasonably acceptable unless it was very old or had compromised strength due to damage or rot. In short there's already so much to be worried about with a motorhome that I don't think I'd waste any energy with this particular concern.
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I gently took off 1/2 off the snow on the MH yesterday but got too windy so I am going to try Sat to do the rest. I am not going all the way to the roof though. I guess I am more worried about freeze/thaw that is going to be starting next week as it might get up to 40 by Tuesday. Did the same last 3 years.
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I'd leave it as the odds of damaging your roof pulling snow off it are far greater than any snow load damaging it. Living in Minnesota - I have never heard of a RV with a roof cave in. I have heard of many roofs leaking from people walking on them.....if some of your roof construction components are palstic and it is cold enough to make them brittle - you could break some seals also....good luck and hopefully it will melt soon!
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I'd leave it as the odds of damaging your roof pulling snow off it are far greater than any snow load damaging it.
Yes. Basically, I think that's the bottom line here.
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Saw a BMW X5 in Nozawa Onsen with the roof caved in by about a foot.
It was parked near an awning and the snow dropped off onto the car.
I'm thinking lots of people take their Motorhome skiing, snowmobiling without a problem.
You would have to clear the black and grey tank vents surely??
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my opinion on this is god put it there god will remove it
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:12 AM   #22
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Prior to moving to Virginia we lived in Maine. My Friend owned an RV dealership which sold and stored trailers and motor coaches. He always suggested to remove excess snow as the snow load was not great for the RV's for a variety of reasons. He removed snow from all of their in stock items and also the many stored at his facility. He once showed me what damage the snow load can do it it personally convinced me to remove it. Additionally he said the slow melting snow has allot of time infiltrate into any leaks on the roof and body. Unlike a rainstorm which dumps a quick load of rain the melting snow hasp the to find its way in!
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That makes sense, that is true with any vehicle that stays outside. Its really tough spotting those microfractures that can cause leaks... you can argue than sitting outside in the sun can cause the same contraction / expansion and ruin a seal... then the next rain fall, the floor is wet.
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