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Old 11-26-2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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We are having our first big snowfall in the first year of owning our SeaBreeze. How much snow can the roof take before we need to start worrying about it?
We used to shovel off our Coleman (after the roof cracked) but that was a much easier job. We have a waterproof cover on order so we can hopefully avoid any leakage.
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We are having our first big snowfall in the first year of owning our SeaBreeze. How much snow can the roof take before we need to start worrying about it?
We used to shovel off our Coleman (after the roof cracked) but that was a much easier job. We have a waterproof cover on order so we can hopefully avoid any leakage.
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A pretty good response: Winter Snow Load Can Seriously Damage Your RV | The Fun Times Guide to RVing

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Is there anyone else that's a little disturbed by "Winter snow can seriously damage your RV" and "Fun times" in the same sentence ...
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Let's assume you have a 38' coach x 8' wide = 304 sq ft. Water weighs 8.5 lbs per cubic foot. So if you have one foot of heavy, dense snow on your roof....it weighs 2,584 lbs. Two feet of snow = my old Chevy Tahoe.
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Just dragged off what I could reach. Need a taller ladder to get to the center of the roof.
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TC, I think you did the right thing. The figures shown above a not quite accurate as snow does not have the same water weight content as a gallon of water. Generally 1" of water contains about .10" of moisture so obviously the weight comparison is like the apple/orange scenario. True a heavy, dense will have more water content but nowhere close to 8.5 lbs.
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I am thinking that all the "snow load" on the roof is more of a problem on the side walls than the roof........A 250# man on the roof will exert more lb/sq - ft than snow will.........Getting it off there will let you sleep better..........
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Be careful not to drag off anything that's suppose to be up there, vents, brackets, ect....
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I live in Northern Michigan and snowbird out the first week of Jan. I have had as much as 20" of snow on my rig (see signature) and I just pull off what I can reach from a 5" step ladder using a small push broom. I estimate that I reduce the load by 30%. Never had a issue with damage. Don't go up on the roof. It is a hazard for you. A long way down.
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Point that sucker South and keep driving until all the snow has melted and you need to run the A/C. That's my plan for January.

I agree with trying to clear some off if it gets over a foot or so. You may want to check with the MFG to see if they have any idea how much it can safely handle.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:26 AM   #11
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I just went around the edges with a push broom. We ended up with 13" pretty wet snow. Another year or so and we'll be south all winter.
It's interesting that opinions vary so much on this issue.
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