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Posted: 04/01/12 07:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just purchased a 2012 Outback 292bh and the dealer recommends i wash the roof twice a year and inspect the seals. I am not the smallest guy at 293lbs and the last thing i want is to fall through the roof! I would like to do it myself but will have one of my little friends get up there if there will be a chance i will cause damage.. Is there a weight limit for the roof?? I will call the dealer and ask too but figured i would ask here first. Thanks, Kevin

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Posted: 04/01/12 07:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a '10 301 BQ. I was on the roof last weekend installing a vent cover. No problem. I would not walk upright, crawl on hands and knees. I do all the roof cleaning via ladder. PS-(310 lbs)

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How about the DW?

I weigh 160 and my lightweight trailer's roof sure makes a lot of noise when i walk around. i always try to walk on the joists.

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Posted: 04/01/12 10:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

try laying down plywood across the roof to spread out the weight this is what
my hubby does .... Better to be safe than sorry...

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Posted: 04/01/12 10:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Forget the washing of the roof if it is EPDM rubber. That material is NOT designed to be washed no matter what your dealer says. It was invented to roof flat top buildings and NEVER be washed or treated. The more you wash it the shorter the life of the roof as you remove the "sluffing" material that is designed to come off over time. How many office building roofs have you ever seen washed??? Also the EPDM should not be exposed to petro distilates....a compound found in all the RV roof washes and treatments.



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Posted: 04/01/12 10:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2002 Komfort 21T
I weigh 185 pounds.
I walk on the roof after every trip.
I use my Palmolive dishwash liquid and my soft 9 inch brush to clean the roof.
I also wash the upper part of the awning while I am up there.
Hot water in a bucket. Spread a little Palmolive on the roof. Use my soft brush on a 6 foot handle.
No worries.


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Posted: 04/01/12 10:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Better not chance damaging your roof. In addition to the suggestions above, also consider getting one of those telescoping-handle wash brushes. I used one for years on my 30' motorhome's roof and was able to reach all areas standing on a ladder placed next to it. Sure saved wear and tear on the roof.

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Posted: 04/01/12 11:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One should NEVER walk on a trailer roof. You can inspect caulking and clean the roof without getting on it and by working from a ladder. If you find you MUST get on the roof to work on do actual maintenance on something, do it from a seated or lying position and stay away from through roof openings. Walking on the roof looking for caulking problems makes it very likely you'll find some (caused by walking on the roof) [emoticon]
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Posted: 04/01/12 09:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 what skip said. Just too many thing to go wrong. Maybe you get a piece of rock stuck to the bottom of your shoe and push that through the roof and yup you got a problem. You're just asking for it. I just use a ladder and an extension pole and scrip it. Never heard of not washing it at all. I wash at least 2 x a year and use a rubber conditioner. Maybe I'm buying into nonsense that the dealer wants me to buy but my roof still looks like new after almost 3 seasons.

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Depends on the Brand, with Northwoods products, you have No problems, seen as many as 30+ average people on the roof of the Desert Fox Toy Hauler.

I clean mine at least twice a year, with mild soap/water and soft brush.

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