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Old 11-11-2018, 10:27 PM   #1
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Roof weight limit


Another newbie question. I will be covering our 17B tomorrow with trailer cover purchased from ETI. We just brought trailer home last week and trailer hasnít been drying off during the day. Weather has been nice but lots of condensation (exterior) overnight.

1. How dry does trailer have to be before putting cover on? The cover from what I know is not 100% water proof and is breathable so trailer will be getting wet anyway I assume.

2. Are the roofs of Escapes designed to support the weight of a person?

I donít think that it will be necessary to get on the roof just curious. I have watched several videos of people walking on the roofs of different RVís while covering and performing other maintenance. My plan is to give trailer a wipe down with towel and chamois get as dry as possible and then cover it up.

Thanks once again.

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Old 11-12-2018, 05:27 AM   #2
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I put mine on wet if need be. I've also found it wet after rain when covered, even with a high $ cover.

ETI told me some years ago that if I had to walk on it to use plywood to distribute the weight, I take that to mean it will not take your weight without such. I've never tried either way. As far as I know, all RV's other then molded fiberglass has roof framing and plywood or some such.

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Old 11-12-2018, 05:41 AM   #3
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I've always heard you can not get on the roof, first I've heard of even using plywood. I have that dilemma now, I have a cable that has broken somehow in my Jack antenna so have to remove it to fix it. Will admit yesterday I'm at my warehouse where the trailer is stored thinking I guess I will have to start a thread on best way to get up there to do this but then I turn around and see a forklift and smile.

You should be ok putting the cover on wet since it should be breathable.

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Old 11-12-2018, 01:02 PM   #4
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i put mine on when my trailer was a little wet did not need to climb on the roof i used a reacher to help move it along on the roof over the air conditioner etc...
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