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Old 02-06-2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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How much is too much snow on the trailer?

Just east of Seatac Int'l Airport we got 8.5" of the white stuff overnight and it's still snowing. Seattle isn't used to this stuff. But, got a ton of shoveling taken care of, but now that the flakes are super huge, it looks like I'll be doing some more later this evening.

Oh well, such is life. (And I thought I was done with all that shoveling once we moved back here from Spokane! HA! Least I still had my super high Sorel boots handy!)

Anyway, I pulled some snow off the sides of the trailer as well as off the propane tank cover and storage cover. But, just how much is too much and I need to haul out a ladder to take the stuff all the way off?

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There isn't an option to store the trailer undercover, so no need to mention that.
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:52 PM   #2
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We have just over 9 inches here and I am leaving mine as is. I have been shovelling snow under the trailer I figure it's good insulation.
I am plugged in and have a couple dryer things in use in the trailer.
Our snowfall around Christmas was in total more than his and everything was fine.
Doug may decide to take some off... but getting so no place to put it..
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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Just east of Seatac Int'l Airport we got 8.5" of the white stuff overnight and it's still snowing. Seattle isn't used to this stuff. But, got a ton of shoveling taken care of, but now that the flakes are super huge, it looks like I'll be doing some more later this evening.

Oh well, such is life. (And I thought I was done with all that shoveling once we moved back here from Spokane! HA! Least I still had my super high Sorel boots handy!)

Anyway, I pulled some snow off the sides of the trailer as well as off the propane tank cover and storage cover. But, just how much is too much and I need to haul out a ladder to take the stuff all the way off?

Thanks!

There isn't an option to store the trailer undercover, so no need to mention that.
The Sun is out and it is melting off here in Bremerton. This is what it looked like at 6:30 this morning.
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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I don't know how much is too much but l know I'd be taking it off after about 4 or 5 inches. Remember when the rains come (and they will come) that snow will double or triple in weight. Remember this is the wet coast
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:03 PM   #5
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We have had far more snow than you. We used to take it off. We don't bother anymore. We'll let you know if it caves in!
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:20 PM   #6
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No snow on my Escape. It's all on the branches of the cedar tree it's parked under.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:33 PM   #7
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If the weatherman is correct , Seattle will be above freezing with highs in the upper 40's to low 50's for the next week . If you wait a few days the issue of snow on the roof may disappear on its own.
I've had more than 12" of snow piled up on my trailer roof and suffered no consequences.
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I would at least have my wheels protected from the snow, I use those wheel covers while in the yard, keeps the snow and weather off the wheel and hopefully the brakes also.
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12 inches of light dry fluffy snow versus 12 inches of heavy wet snow on a trailer roof makes a huge difference in weight. I would guess that snow on the west coast is typically quite wet and therefore quite heavy. If it was my trailer, I would be pulling it off the roof before it got to more than about 6 to 8 inches deep. I have used a snow rake in the past (when my Escape is covered) and it has worked quite well. Could potentially scratch the trailer if you don't have a cover, in which case, using a ladder and your arms/hands or something similarly gentle may be the best approach.
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Just east of Seatac Int'l Airport we got 8.5" of the white stuff overnight and it's still snowing. Seattle isn't used to this stuff. But, got a ton of shoveling taken care of, but now that the flakes are super huge, it looks like I'll be doing some more later this evening.
Looks like you got all the snow that Portland was supported to get yesterday... and didn't. You have my sympathy, truly!
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