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hpydad

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Posted: 08/07/02 03:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I just purchased a new Trail-Lite C-19. I really hate to see ice and snow laying on it so I really should build some sort of roof over it, already built my daughter a horse barn this spring so we're kinda wiped when it comes to this kinda expense, I may wait a year. Do R.V's handle the winter elements pretty well? How do ya'll winter yours?
Thanks for ANY advice, we live in Southeast Ohio.

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I'm pretty sure that RVs, in general, are not made to take the kind of snow load that a regular roof is. If you let the snow and ice pile up on it you just may find the roof laying on the floor one day. You may want to push the snow off the roof after each snowfall. Better yet, take the scraps from making the horse barn and make a temporary roof that will shed the snow.

I live in a area that gets very little snow (Seattle), so I plan on just pushing the snow off. Mine is also the cover of very mature evergreen trees, though, so it won't get much snow at all.

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I've had 3' of snow a few times on my TT. Even pulled it down from the cascades with it on it, lost about a foot or so on the way home!
They will take some snow load, just how much remains to be seen. The most I know of wt wise on my rig was just over 3000 lbs, about 10K total on 7000 lbs of axles. Just a little over the gvwr of TT! Truck came in close to 12,000lbs coming home that weekend.
I would not worry too much unless it's a real wet and heavy snow, that could concevably collaspe the trailer. A foot or so of reasonably dry snow shoud not be a problem.
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Posted: 08/07/02 03:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy, hpydad:
Last year we bought a used Motorhome & for the 1st time spent the winter in Arizona. Didn't have to worry about snow down there. In fact it eventually got up to 117 degrees. I would have liked a little snow about that time. HA!!

Here at home it snows. We have a lot of trees that help shelter the RV. Another idea i've thought about but haven't done yet, is an RV Carport Kit. There are companies that sell them & they aren't too awful expensive. Something like that might work for you.
What do you think? Jack......


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look for local rv storage. 3 friends rented a
hanger at the local airport and split costs.
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I guess my main concern when building any structure in our area is wind. We live up high with not much to break the wind and it gets very windy in the winter. I used to keep our old RV tied down to the ground using those screw in anchors and will probably do the same to this one. I was going to put a car port onto the garage until I measured the height of this new one today 10'+ A.C. Tarps are out because the wind rips em to shreds.
I recon I'll build a free standing structure with three poles per long side with a steel roof, anchored in concrete.
I have a cousin who lives in Arizona and just loves the weather, she says it's hard to play Crokett though...hehehe
PS, I try to avoid parking under trees up here

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I store my trailer the same way the dealers do...outside.

Unless you have some sort of structural problem, you'll be just fine.


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I would not worry about leaving it out in ice and snow. These trailers are made to weather the elements. My TT has weathered two winters with some snow and ice, and it shows no signs of weathering. Just have to wash it in the spring to get accumulated dirt off.

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Our Starcraft Travel Trailer sits out year-round in Northern Indiana. We bought a good cover to use in the winter time. Two winters ago we had over 4 feet of snow in December alone and didn't encounter any problems from the weight. Depending on build quality, the roof is designed to withstand a great deal of weight (as evidenced by the ability to walk on them).

We bought a quality cover for under $300 from camping world. It's relatively easy to put on and take off; as well as breaths well to prevent mold or mildew.

Biggest concern would be to make sure you have the majority of water from your pipes so they don't freeze.

Trailer Life magazine usually publishes good winterizing tips when winter approaches. You may want to watch the newstands for a copy (or just get a subscription).


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