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Old 07-20-2018, 12:17 PM   #1
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Is it safe to stand on the roof of a 19?

Is it safe to stand on the roof of a 19? If so, I'm hoping someone can tell where the safest/strongest spots are on the roof? Thanks, Jim
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:43 PM   #2
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No.
Might be safe for you if you have good balance, but you'll spider crack the gel coat.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:59 PM   #3
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Is it safe to stand on the roof of a 19? If so, I'm hoping someone can tell where the safest/strongest spots are on the roof? Thanks, Jim

I asked this back when we had orientation and was told the roof is designed to hold the air conditioner but I would exceed what it was designed for. Leaning against the upper side was fine but no standing or putting full body weight on it.
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The safest and strongest points are over any interior bulkheads.

However, as Greg cautions, there's the possibility of making spider cracks especially if you step onto a weak area.

With my Little Giant ladder I can easily reach to the center line of the roof and haven't ever felt the need to stand on the roof.

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I'd worry about getting slightly off-center and sliding off the roof! Especially if it's well waxed.
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:19 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your valuable input. Jim
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:55 PM   #7
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Again I cheat on this issue of getting on or doing work on the roof I have scaffolding that I have padded on one side to prevent damage to the side or I use my mini scissor lift
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I think the real question is, is it necessary, or is it just plain stupid. I stand with stupid.
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I stand with stupid.
Those who stand together, will probably slide off together
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:43 AM   #10
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Is it safe to stand on the roof of a 19? If so, I'm hoping someone can tell where the safest/strongest spots are on the roof? Thanks, Jim
Absolutely not!!!!

If you need to access the roof, work from a ladder, or get scaffolding and put boards across the trailer, these trailers are not designed for point load. You run the risk of cracking the fibreglass.

My old Trillium, I would prop the roof with 2x4’s during the winter to discourage sagging because of snow load.
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Can you? Reace told me you can if you distribute the load, like with a piece of plywood, at least 3 years ago you could.

Is it safe? not safe enough for me to try. The older I get the easier I break and the slower I heal.
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Well, I was standing on the roof of my 5.0TA on Thursday when replacing the A/C unit. Short of using some kind of crane there was no other way. No signs of even the least bit of flex. It felt rock solid.

As a bonus, I now have cold air again when needed and connected to the grid.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:04 AM   #13
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Well, I was standing on the roof of my 5.0TA on Thursday when replacing the A/C unit. Short of using some kind of crane there was no other way. No signs of even the least bit of flex. It felt rock solid.

As a bonus, I now have cold air again when needed and connected to the grid.

Per this Extra Insulation and Spray Foam Insulation?? your roof is stronger than the one on the 19 and smaller models. So you may get away with it. Since mine does not I'll listen to Reaces advice.
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:03 PM   #14
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On trailer roof to spray the awning with 303 Aerospace

When I spray the top of the awning with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant, I slide along the top of the trailer on my stomach between the awning and the AC, and spray the inboard couple of feet of awning. I then roll the awning in a couple of feet and repeat the process until I have sprayed the entire awning. So far I haven't noticed any problems with the roof strength. I weigh about 170 lbs and have a 21 with the extra insulation package.
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When I spray the top of the awning with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant, I slide along the top of the trailer on my stomach between the awning and the AC, and spray the inboard couple of feet of awning. I then roll the awning in a couple of feet and repeat the process until I have sprayed the entire awning. So far I haven't noticed any problems with the roof strength. I weigh about 170 lbs and have a 21 with the extra insulation package.
Just don't forget to remove that big Texas belt buckle first, lol!
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when I 303'd the Casita's Fiamma, I used a long handle sponge mop to spread it around...
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