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Old 10-19-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation Roof "Cap" Question

I have a 2007 AmeriCamp 5th wheel that is permanently parked in a campground on my own lot. This is a mountain resort community with a campground, and is included in a Home Owners Association with rules and covenants. There are many campers here that are permanent homes for part-time and full-time residents. Many of these, over the years, have added rooms, "roof-overs" (carport type coverings, or open barn fixtures), or "roof caps" (which sit directly on top of the camper).

The original covenants did not allow for room additions or 'roof caps'. Only the 'roof overs', but over the years, the Board of Directors looked the other way, or didn't do their jobs, and allowed a lot of things to slide by. Room additions have been stopped completely, with the exception of screened in porches, walls no more than half way up, and the rest must be screened in.

Now for my question...recently I've discovered a leak. Roof-overs are considerably more expensive to have built, mainly due to the fact that they require so many permits, resulting in over $1,000 in permit fees alone, and over two months of waiting for everything to be processed. A roof-cap in this area requires no permits, except for a $25 fee to the HOA, and no waiting period and cost approximately $1,500 to have built for a 32-foot camper. Until 2 days ago.

We have a new guy in charge in the office that wants to go back to banning roof-caps as a means of roof repairs, saying that they are 'unsafe' because campers cannot hold the weight. Not one single camper here (and there are many) that has one of these caps has had an issue. There are numerous older campers here that, due to neglect, have horrendous roof decay issues and have been abandoned, causing a lot of problems for the HOA.

They're trying to permanently ban roof caps and two days ago put a 60 day hold on issuing any permits to construct them "until more research can be done" to prove one way or another that they are safe, or unsafe.

I'm desperately looking for any kind of documentation showing how much weight (roof wise) a camper can hold on its frame. AmeriCamp is no longer in business, but it doesn't have to be manufacturer specific since this pertains to basically ANY camper.

If anyone has any information, or can direct me on where to look for it or find it, I would be greatly appreciative. I need to prove to our BOD that these roof caps are safe. They really look nice on a camper, and MUCH nicer than some of the poor roof repairs that people have done just because they can't afford to do anything else.

Thank you all so much for any help you can offer!

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Old 10-19-2015, 10:13 PM   #2
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The amount of weight a camper, TT or MH can carry on it's roof would vary by the manufacturing methods and materials used. There would not be a one size fits all answer.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:18 PM   #3
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Possibly look into Line-X or Rhino spray on roof coating rather than the roof cap?
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Roof Armour ............120 dollars a foot .............equals alot of caulk...........Good Luck
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