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Old 01-23-2016, 03:02 PM   #1
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We are relative newbies full timers with a 2014 40 FT Tiffin Allegro Bus. This is the first time that we have experienced any substantial snow. We are staying in Virginia and received 18 inches in their OMG Blizzard. I've cleaned the snow off of the slide outs, but have not attempted to do the roof. Can anyone provide us with Snow Tips and with projected rain next week, should I be concerned with the snow on the roof NOW.
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:28 PM   #2
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My owner's manual has instructions to not permit snow to accumulate on the roof. My local RV shop cleans the snow off of their customers' RV(at a cost) while they are awaiting repair. Be careful on the roof. It can get slippery and you can break things. I do mine after every storm.



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Old 01-23-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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The snow on your roof will not hurt a thing, should of pulled your slide's in before the storm hit.......
In your area, the weather will warm soon as the storm leaves.........it will melt off.
When thinking of walking on a roof, the pressure is a lot more per square foot of human weight than per square foot of snow. The snow would have to get pretty deep on the roof to compare the two. RV's sit outdoors all over the North......all winter long. Be careful if you decide to shovel it off, I have read stories of damaged sky lights, vents, AC covers, along with other items in the removal process.
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The problem snow on the roof creates is melting then re-freezing overnight. It builds up an ice dam around vents. This traps water next day, which can get deep enough to run into vents and into the ceiling.
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Just for the future. I put my slides in when this type of storm approaches. After it's gone by I will extend them again. If you're really concerned about the roof. A ladder and a push broom will get the snow off. But it's a lot of work.
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Old 01-23-2016, 04:31 PM   #6
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We too are in the storm. Have been in other snow with different rig. Once Monday xcomes and hiuta 40 in the afternoon I'll go up and make sure that there no ice dam. Otherwise my safety comes first
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:40 AM   #7
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Thank You for all the responses and advice. I will diff pull the slides in before the next time. We learned more about our bus through this experience and my wife and I are more comfortable with our choice to go full time even in the colder areas.
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The snow on your roof is not a problem, as long as it melts before you get rain.

Snow will act as a spong and can hold a LOT of rain. The combined weight of the snow and rain can become an issue (when you see collapsed roofs on the news it's typically related to a heavy wet snow), not to mention the cumulative effect of the freeze/thaw cycle if the temps hover just above/below freezing. Freezing rain/ice is another whole topic.

If the rain is going to be a 60* rain you won't have a problem, it will simply wash the snow off, but our Wisconsin spring rains tended to be near that freezing mark.

If you decide to remove the snow, be carefull, and not just to avoid falling off the ladder or roof. Vent covers, A/C covers, and anything else made of plastic can be very brittle when it's that cold.
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We are relative newbies full timers with a 2014 40 FT Tiffin Allegro Bus. This is the first time that we have experienced any substantial snow. We are staying in Virginia and received 18 inches in their OMG Blizzard. I've cleaned the snow off of the slide outs, but have not attempted to do the roof. Can anyone provide us with Snow Tips and with projected rain next week, should I be concerned with the snow on the roof NOW.
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Not to worry....the snow you have on your coach in Virginia will melt away in a few days.
When my coach sits for months in Wisconsin there can be, (and often is), as much as 36" of snow on my coach roof for weeks.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:37 AM   #10
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Like Mel S I live in a snow area, VT .... although we got exactly NO SNOW during this storm. Regardless our motor home spends its winter outside. We do cover it but that doesn't stop snow from accumulating. We have yet to have a problem with snow.

Thought sure I had some photo's but I guess I dislike being out in it so much that I haven't taken any pics of it in the worst part of the winter.
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When my coach sits for months in Wisconsin there can be, (and often is), as much as 36" of snow on my coach roof for weeks.
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I would feel more comfortable doing the same if I didn't have a 15-foot slide-out hole in the wall. I question whether the structure of the MH would support the 90 lb/sqft snow load that our building code requires. Two years ago, we had 20" of snow followed immediately by a whole night of rain. It flattened a Shelter Logic steel-framed tent in our yard.




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Check any RV dealer and see if they clean the roofs.
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If you are living in it with the snow on the roof be sure your vents for the heating appliances/refrigerator are clear and not blocked. This could cause a build up of Carbon Monoxide in the living areas. If you can get your slides in you can tilt your rig to the side that the sun will be coming from and help the water drain off the roof faster. Or you can find some kid who bounces well and have them get up on the roof to clean it off.
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Just a safety note. Before you get on the road be sure that the roof is clear of all ICE, if it comes off going down the road it can be a huge hazard to anyone behind you. And in some States you could be ticketed. Some Truck wash rack stations will clean the snow & ice from the roof.
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