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mkenyon2

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Posted: 07/18/22 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2012/13 Trail Runner 25BH (some info here). I'd like to know if I can get on the roof to inspect the AC and other areas. Where can I find that information out? I do have the manuals that came with the trailer, but it didn't specify one way or another.

My reason is, I'd like to inspect the roof and caulking, since I think there may be a leak, but I'll post more about that in another thread.


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I used to get on my roof (different units, different roof types.) Don't now, but only due to my age.

My neighbor next door just had his roof inspected and the person walked all over it. He has a rubber roof.

Just be careful if you go up there!

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Brochure says fully walkabout roof. But you might take a 4x4 sheet of plywood to help distribute your weight if you're uneasy about it.


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My old Prowler said it's roof was non walkable unless you use a board to step on..

I had an A/C unit installed by the dealer when we bought it and there were foot prints all over the roof when they installed it..

So, I walked in it all the time to put the cover on, clean, inspect and re-caulk as needed..

I did find that trying to walk on the roof stringers was best, as between them, you could feel it 'give' a bit...

No issues over 16 years of doing it.

I do like the totally walk on roof of the Rockwood. And the bolt on ladder is nice too.. [emoticon]

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While my current RV roof is walkable, many are not. I have used a 2" extruded polystyrene foam rigid insulation sheet rather than plywood to stand on, due to it being light weight, easy to handle, and more comfortable to kneel on.

If you buy a 4x8 sheet, you can cut into several pieces, so it's easy to move about, moving one piece, while standing on the other.

Walking on the roof, is not a one roof fits all! If you are 300+ lbs, compared to the guy that is 160! [emoticon]

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My general rule of thumb is if the TT/MH came with a ladder, the roof is "walkable".

That said, putting down something like the foam insulation panels mentioned is a great idea. Not only helps distribute weight but protects the roof membrane from possible damage. Just changing directions while walking, twisting your shoe(s) on the membrane, might cause wrinkling. Also much easier on the knees which most will spend a lot of time on them while doing roof maintenance.


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Walking on the roof, is not a one roof fits all! If you are 300+ lbs, compared to the guy that is 160!


Very true! I'm a 'little' north of 200# and 6'-3" tall, so in my case, I just got up there to find out what it could take..

Your mileage may vary! Mitch

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Y-Guy wrote:

Brochure says fully walkabout roof. But you might take a 4x4 sheet of plywood to help distribute your weight if you're uneasy about it.
That sounds like an accident waiting to happen; I’d rather take my chances of going through the roof.

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You can...but should you? Dangerous up there and a long fall. I've found that I can do everything that needs to be done from a ladder.


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Wear padded snowshoes, to distribute the weight...[emoticon]

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