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Old 10-11-2022, 08:30 PM   #1
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Snow load guidelines

We have an Escape 19 with two roof solar panels. We will be storing it covered but outside. We get several feet of snow December-February. I know that snow can be light or heavy but would appreciate guidelines for two things:
1. Do we need any extra support under the solar panels so they done flex with the weight of the snow?
2. How much snow accumulation is acceptable before we need to clean off the rooftop.
Thank you
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Old 10-11-2022, 08:51 PM   #2
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Clean sweep

Buy a painters extendable pole and a brush attachment of some sort and sweep and clear the snow off your rig roof. That's what I've done, and will be doing, all too soon.

Your solar panels are pretty strong and won't be harmed by a foot of snow. But it's best not to accumulate a foot of snow for an extended period of time. Not a catastrophic event, just not best.

Image is of a swept E19, somewhere, under the snow and cover.
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Old 10-11-2022, 10:45 PM   #3
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We have an Escape 19 with two roof solar panels. We will be storing it covered but outside. We get several feet of snow December-February. I know that snow can be light or heavy but would appreciate guidelines for two things:
1. Do we need any extra support under the solar panels so they done flex with the weight of the snow?
2. How much snow accumulation is acceptable before we need to clean off the rooftop.
Thank you

Maybe you measure the space between roof & panel bottom. See if a piece of ridge foam insulation comes close to size. Place a piece under the panel. Stiff but not hard. I still have to get a even a temp "Stripper Pole" put inside my older 2013. But didn't think about the panel & snow myself. We get about about one good snow(8"=15") a season. heavy wet stuff.
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Old 10-12-2022, 10:26 PM   #4
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Thank you. We are storing our trailer 150 miles from our residence, so can’t get there to sweep of snow immediately after it falls. The rigid insulation is a good idea for added support.
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