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Old 02-17-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Is the roof safe to walk on?

Last fall I bought a 1999 Coachman Santara class C. I don't have any leaks (yet), but I would like to use Liquid Roof coating on the roof this spring. This is my first experience with an RV so I'm asking the experts (you). There is a large roof rack up there, so it must be capable of holding some weight.

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Old 02-17-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
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If the roof has not had any serious rot damage it should be fine. I had a '97 Fleetwood class C years ago and I could have played basketball up there. Very solid.

My current class A Santara is likewise solid.

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Old 02-18-2014, 10:06 AM   #3
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I do it all the time...no problems yet.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:14 AM   #4
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I do it all the time. Just be extra careful if the roof is wet. Avoid walking near the edges. You have a greater risk of falling off rather then falling through.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:15 AM   #5
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Yes is the short answer. There are things up there that need to be serviced.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:40 PM   #6
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I don't recommend coating the roof. There's really no need unless the roof is in BAD shape, and I mean the actual EPDM material.
The roof needs to be washed, treated, and then sealant will either need touch up or replacing depending on condition.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:20 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the info. The roof is more of a gray color than the white that it originally was, and I just thought that recoating it would insure the longevity and protect it against future leaks.
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If it's gray now, it REALLY needs a wash and treat.
You'd have to wash it anyway if you were going to coat it.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:41 PM   #9
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So what are the thoughts of walking on a fiberglass roof like the one on my Aerbus?
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:25 PM   #10
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If the roof doesn't feel like it's caving in, it's fine.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:56 PM   #11
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Just a word of advise, make sure your shoes are free of rocks and debree......don't ask me how I know :(
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:20 AM   #12
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I drive a class A but I go up on the roof at least 2x a year if not more often to mop it (Yes mop it) I am over 6' and over 300 pounds.

When one A/C went out I was up there with a "Twin" size wise, working on replacing the blower motor (Between he and I we got it done easily).

Regarding the plan to coat a perfectly good roof.. WHY. I think proper cleaning may be a better idea.. IF you put on a coating of liquid roof you now have a Skin that can peal off and cause issues..

To clean: Ask your wife for lessons.. You clean the roof JUST like the kitchen floor.. mop, bucket Spic & Span..

The only differences are as follows: I use a Van Wash brush instead of a mop, I find it easier to use. .This is basically a car wash brush with a very long handle (Mine is adjustable length) A window washers brush would work as well.

I do not worry about slopping too much mop water around (Which I woudl in the kitchen) this lets me do a much better job since standing water is not a problem (It stands on the ground after running off the roof)

And where as I used to mop the kitchen twice, once with Spic & Span once with clear water.. I use a garden hose and sprayer for the 2nd pass.

Then wash the sides, Give them a wax job and watch your MPG go up.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #13
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Thanx again for taking the time to explain. I going to wait until it warms up, do a thourgh cleaning, and go from there. Like most things, maybe I'm over thinking this.

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