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Old 01-25-2023, 06:53 AM   #1
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OK, it's snowing. How much of a snow load should i allow to accumulate before clearing, (not shoveling,) the roof? Also, when we have some sun and we get some frost or ice on the roof, what do we do?
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What do you do?
Stay inside where it's warm and dry.
Unless you get feet of snow, don't worry about it.
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:27 AM   #3
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If it bothers you clear snow with a soft broom from the ground or short ladder. Getting on the roof with ice/snow is simply too dangerous.
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Old 01-25-2023, 08:07 AM   #4
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I have not been in that situation, however I have watched videos, and heard accounts from people that did.

I would bring in all the slides before it starts snowing, or as soon as you can (after clearing it of course). You don’t want the snow melting and refreezing which will probably cause an ice buildup preventing the slides from operating correctly.

Slide toppers will also be negatively impacted if left unrolled.

With slides in, it will be tight quarters, but much easier to keep warm with the reduced interior space. Many times water lines run in slides, which makes them more prone to freezing as well.

Fill your fresh water tank and disconnect and store your hoses. Likewise, drain holding tanks and disconnect and store the sewer lines.

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I'd also take a broom & clean them off then bring the slides in until the weather clears or you'll have a snow/ice mess when time to leave.

Where are you? Hopefully, not spending the winter up north!
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OK, it's snowing. How much of a snow load should i allow to accumulate before clearing, (not shoveling,) the roof? Also, when we have some sun and we get some frost or ice on the roof, what do we do?
If it’s snowing already, not much you can do for the roof, so just enjoy it. Hardest part may be walking Greta. Be careful.
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Old 01-26-2023, 06:18 PM   #7
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Hi, Mark, Dorothy, and Greta.

We have a 2018 Bay Star 3414, so similar to yours (although we have additional insulation as part of Polar Pak option). Our first winter (we're full-timers), I awoke one morning to over 9" of snow on the roof (forecast for 1-3"... HA!). Like you, not knowing snow load, I was concerned. I donned good boots and a soft broom, got on the roof, and broomed it off. Was careful to stay away from edges, moved slow and deliberately, and was conscious to keep broom torque even with my body bracing. I did not experience any leaks, runs, or bowing/roof issues.

If already iced over, do NOT get on the roof! Just too slick. Run heaters and keep heat in ceiling to help melt it all off (would be my suggestion).

Hope this helps! Be safe.
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