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Old 11-11-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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How important is a roof a/c cover ??

Got one of those Coleman can't-remember-the-model roof a/c sitting on top (obviously) of a 1995 27-foot Class A Fleetwood Flair.

We got 11" of snow the other night. Of course, the snow is piled high on top of the roof and the a/c is COMPLETELY covered.

I didn't buy a cover for it, and was wondering if this somehow damages the unit in either cracking the exterior or its performance in the spring.

Thanks in advance.

(Tried the Search Feature, but I really suck at it and didn't get any hits. Perhaps any of you knowledgeable guys can point me in the right direction....)

Also, will I need to get up on the roof and broom off all that snow like what people do to the roof of their s&b ?? It just seems a like a guaranteed trip to the E.R....
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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Got one of those Coleman can't-remember-the-model roof a/c sitting on top (obviously) of a 1995 27-foot Class A Fleetwood Flair.
We got 11" of snow the other night. Of course, the snow is piled high on top of the roof and the a/c is COMPLETELY covered.
I didn't buy a cover for it, and was wondering if this somehow damages the unit in either cracking the exterior or its performance in the spring.
Thanks in advance.
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Neither my 2 foof A/Cs or my coach has been covered for 14 years of Wisconsin winter outside storage.
I only removed the snow from the roof once.... (that year it had over 2 feet of snow on it).
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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How important is a roof a/c cover ??

If it does not have the standard plastic A/C cover on so the innards are naked, freeze/thaw cycles may cause much damage to the unit (That is how potholes are created) or even leak into the roof layers or into the ceiling or walls.
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I would throw a cheap 6 X 6 plastic tarp over the unit to prevent freeze and thaw moisture build up, which could cause possible problems as mentioned by Dave above.
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IMO, the only valid reason to use an air conditioner cover is to reduce "sun rot" of the plastic shroud over the air conditioner.
I would be more concerned about snow buildup partially melting and making an ice dam, which allows water to pool around the foam seal to the roof.
The tarp recommendation is what I always did when the trailer/5er was stored during winter. Some say a tarp will flap and damage the paint/clearcoat, but mine never received any damage from the tarp during the 8 years it was stored that way.
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