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Old 01-09-2017, 07:10 PM   #1
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I never thought when I put my canopy away under a tarp and covered the trailer that just getting them visible again would be such a pain in the butt.

The canopy, that's the object under the mound of snow, was covered by a tarp. 5 weeks of alternating snow and freeze thaw cycles turned the snow into hardened layers of ice. I took a short hoe and cleaved off the ice in small chunks. Not out of the woods yet though. The tarp was frozen solid to the canopy. So there I was, out in the freezing cold, pouring boiling water on it to unglue the tarp.

I got the ladder using by using up Air Miles. Wish I'd got one years ago. So much better for getting access to the roof. First, you're directly facing the work area instead of working sideways and secondly, the bottom is wider and more stable.

Same trick, different day. Wack, wack, wack and cleave off chunks from the trailer roof. The hoe I was using is for mixing small batches of concrete in a wheelbarrow and the corners had been rounded off. Good thing, otherwise the Adco trailer cover would have probably been damaged. The only casualty was the vent lid for the basic rear vent that I have in place of an air conditioner. I managed to crack a corner. No biggie, I'll probably be passing a CW or two in my coming travels.

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Old 01-09-2017, 07:16 PM   #2
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You should have parked it under a cedar. My roof is clear of snow, just not clear of needles and sap.
What if you turned up the furnace inside the trailer to assist?
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:30 PM   #3
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Actually I've been doing a lot of mods inside and many days I had the heater cranked up but that didn't seem to make a dent in the snow level. If anything, it melted the very bottom a bit and turned it into solid ice.

Hopefully it'll all soon be a distant memory as I bake in the Southern sun. Of course that depends on the road South and the damaged Mexican highway, not to mention roadblocks and protests over gas price deregulation. Ah, the relaxing RV life.

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Old 01-09-2017, 11:55 PM   #4
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I never thought when I put my canopy away under a tarp and covered the trailer that just getting them visible again would be such a pain in the butt.

The canopy, that's the object under the mound of snow, was covered by a tarp. 5 weeks of alternating snow and freeze thaw cycles turned the snow into hardened layers of ice. I took a short hoe and cleaved off the ice in small chunks. Not out of the woods yet though. The tarp was frozen solid to the canopy. So there I was, out in the freezing cold, pouring boiling water on it to unglue the tarp.

I got the ladder using by using up Air Miles. Wish I'd got one years ago. So much better for getting access to the roof. First, you're directly facing the work area instead of working sideways and secondly, the bottom is wider and more stable.

Same trick, different day. Wack, wack, wack and cleave off chunks from the trailer roof. The hoe I was using is for mixing small batches of concrete in a wheelbarrow and the corners had been rounded off. Good thing, otherwise the Adco trailer cover would have probably been damaged. The only casualty was the vent lid for the basic rear vent that I have in place of an air conditioner. I managed to crack a corner. No biggie, I'll probably be passing a CW or two in my coming travels.

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Hi Ron information on the ladder please ? Looks like a much better ladder then what we have to use . Pat
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:12 AM   #5
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The brand is "Little Giant". They have a video that shows all the ways it can be used. The handiest thing for trailer use is being able to have the leg closest to the trailer vertical allowing you to get up close and reach further onto the roof.

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The brand is "Little Giant". They have a video that shows all the ways it can be used. The handiest thing for trailer use is being able to have the leg closest to the trailer vertical allowing you to get up close and reach further onto the roof.

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Thank you Ron . Pat
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:53 AM   #7
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I like the ladder, the 6' step ladder is a hassle as you know.

I was debating putting the cover on the trailer when I got done with it in Oct. As we were planning on leaving New England after Xmas I decided to pass on it till we get back in March. Now that I see yours I'm glad I did. It was hard enough clearing the snow without the cover before we left. I also found running up the heat for a day made no difference.

What's a canopy, a truck cap?
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Ron, You live in North Van...so...What's the rush? Won't 'global warming' fix your ice/snow issues in about 60 days?

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What size/length ladder are you using in the photos.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:41 AM   #10
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What's a canopy, a truck cap?
Must be differences in terminology geographically. It is the enclosed cover for the box of a truck. I have heard of them being called a cap too.
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