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Old 06-17-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 36' Tropi-cal and will be doing roof maintenance in the near future. I weigh approximately 265 lbs and would like to find out if I can safely be on the roof or will I be better on a ladder next to it . I have not found any info regarding this in any of the postings here or elsewhere. thanks in advance
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:16 PM   #2
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You should be fine. Just climb up there, and then judge. If it feels soft and not safe, then get off. If it feels fine, stay on.
I climb on many roofs, more than one a day, and rarely do I get on some that don't feel safe.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:52 AM   #3
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If the roof frame is wood or still have concerns, you may want to use a sheet of half inch plywood 3'x3' to distribute your weight across the roof.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:27 AM   #4
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I get on my Dolphins roof for cleaning and maintenance a few time a year, and I weigh more then you do. It is very solid with no soft spots.

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If your rig is the same as mine, it has a metal superstructure covered by wood. Should be strong enough I am over 250 and have had no problems.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:03 PM   #6
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I am over 300, Shawn from Easton Electric Motors is .. very close to 300 himself, we both were running all over the roof my my class A fitting a new blower/fan motor on one of my Carrier Air V's.. No problems.

Now the LADDER, however..... That proved to be rather flimsy and I pulled it off by hand,, No way would it support me, not even with added bracing.
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I'm right about the same weight, I never have a problem but I would stay off the raised outer edges the fiberglass may crack. I have never had a problem with the ladder either. I have a 07 Sea Breeze.
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You may want to lower the jacks to stable the coach. I feel safer when I do that.
Be careful
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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Thanks to all who have responded. My wife says that there must be a lot of big guys out there with Nationals, I guess my next move is up on the roof with the appropriate treatments and cleaners. Thanks again
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I always look for indication of the roof trusses ( usually visible once your on the roof) and stand on them when ever possible.
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