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Old 12-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Planning to attend some racing this spring and wanting to perch on my roof to watch. Any idea what the weight capacity is or how / where would the best place to set a chair ??? Any input would be appreciated. I tried the search option and came up blank ... I have a 2805 C if that would make a difference.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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Wayne, you can walk on your roof, but I'd be careful about putting a chair up there. The chair has small feet that concentrate your weight in small "footprints". If you DO use a chair, I'd incorporate some kind of "sleeper shoring" to spread the pressure out over a wider area. Probably, two wood planks running longwise along the roof that would be under the feet of the chair would be sufficient.

Additionally, if you have a rubber roof, you need to be careful not to damage it by cutting the membrane.

And, HiLo says YOU can walk on your roof, but I wouldn't have a party up there.

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Also, can one or many, for that matter, walk on the roof with the top half in the up position? DH has only been on the top half of the roof when in the down position for the purpose of cleaning the roof.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:30 AM   #4
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I WOULD NOT recommend walking/sitting/square-dancing on ANY Hi-Lo rooftop. The roof framing is minimum 2 feet on center, and in most places is 4 feet on center. Metal roofs are a VERY thin piece of metal over 3/16 (or so) plywood, over the framework. Some frames are wood, others are aluminum or steel. To put it simply, the roof wasn't designed to be a patio. I've seen people do it, but I won't!
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You can walk on it for cleaning and maintenance, etc. I definitely wouldn't be up there when the top is up for cleaning or anything else. But, it is your trailer and you can do what you want.
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Since I have installed new ceiling paneling and rebuilt part of my roof and have seen how the roof is made, no way would I walk on that roof. The rafters (if you want to call them that) are on 4 foot centers, the rafters are made out of 1 inch square tubing with 1/8 inch sheeting on the top, 1 inch styrofoam in the middle, and 1/8 inch paneling on the bottom. Not only that, now having the camper extended and it is being held up by 4 thin aircraft cables, now you would be walking around on the roof putting a lot of extra stress on possibly one corner. You might get away with it, but then you might not and end up with a collapsed ceiling or broken cables and pulleys.
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Bad idea all the way around... not what it's for. Look at it when the frost is on the roof and the sun starts to hit it... it should outline the framing of the roof clearly.

All that being said, I still wouldn't do it. Given that the roof is the only thing keeping your RV leak free - why would sit around, walk around or square dance - LOL on it?

Bad idea.
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Thanks for the input, lots of good advice and food for thought ... watching others at the race track climb on other brands made me wonder about Hi-Lo ... I think I will only touch the roof with my long brush for cleaning from a ladder in the down position. I have lawn chairs for a reason.
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Thanks for the input, lots of good advice and food for thought ... watching others at the race track climb on other brands made me wonder about Hi-Lo ... I think I will only touch the roof with my long brush for cleaning from a ladder in the down position. I have lawn chairs for a reason.
Has nothing to do with a HiLo - quite frankly - NONE of them are made so you can sit on a lawn chair on them.

Just because people do it, doesn't mean you should.
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I was also watching the tv show "walking dead" and on most of the episodes they had an older winnebago from the 70's or so and they always put a couple of lawn chairs, some umbrella a table with drinks and had a really nice place to watch out for the zombies and the thought came across my mind just in case of an outbreak of zombie whatever, we who have the Hi-lo's are not going to be able to climb on top of ours to be at a safe distance from them. but in that case who cares about the roof damage any place high enough would be ok, provided you have some sharp objects and enough guns to take care of 30 or more zombies.
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