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Old 02-17-2015, 12:14 AM   #1
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The other day I went up on my roof and noticed how soft it felt when I walked on it. I had been up on my last motorhome many times and it felt solid compared to my RW. I go up on my roof to clean and may be putting a cover on it next winter. I worry that walking up there may damage something. Anyone else notice this? I am 190 pounds. I didn't see a weight limit in the owners manual. Maybe I just need to lay off the Twinkies for a while
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Old 02-17-2015, 12:18 AM   #2
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Generally, roof decks are 3/8" OSB. Try to walk on the 16" centered trusses if you can. You should be able to see where the seams in the decking are. Spongy sure, but glad there isn't 5/8" decking and the extra weight that would come with it.

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I walked on mine 2x per year to check for tears and wash it. Just stay close to the edge or walk on the trusses... I weight 240...
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The other day I went up on my roof and noticed how soft it felt when I walked on it. I had been up on my last motorhome many times and it felt solid compared to my RW. I go up on my roof to clean and may be putting a cover on it next winter. I worry that walking up there may damage something. Anyone else notice this? I am 190 pounds. I didn't see a weight limit in the owners manual. Maybe I just need to lay off the Twinkies for a while
I was putting vent covers on mine a few weeks ago. I was somewhat hesitant to go up there based on my weight being a little over 250! My wife said look in the manual and see if there is a load limit. It does feel soft to walk on but I encountered no problems with walking anywhere. I did say a few prayers when going up the ladder
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:31 PM   #5
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I was putting vent covers on mine a few weeks ago. I was somewhat hesitant to go up there based on my weight being a little over 250! My wife said look in the manual and see if there is a load limit. It does feel soft to walk on but I encountered no problems with walking anywhere. I did say a few prayers when going up the ladder
Don't stress. I'm a big, big guy at over 300 lbs and I walk on the roof and use the factory ladder. I just make sure I'm stepping on the rafters. I also sometimes crawl around the areas where there's holes for roof vents, etc. I think those are the weakest areas.
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I was putting vent covers on mine a few weeks ago. I was somewhat hesitant to go up there based on my weight being a little over 250! My wife said look in the manual and see if there is a load limit. It does feel soft to walk on but I encountered no problems with walking anywhere. I did say a few prayers when going up the ladder
I'm not real fond of those ladders either. I like to take an 8ft aluminum stepladder with me and set it up next to the coach ladder and use the step ladder to get to the roof. I only have to use the last few rungs of the coach ladder. I always get about half way up the coach ladder then my mind starts thinking about how flimsy it is and how far down the ground is........scarey!
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I'm not real fond of those ladders either. I like to take an 8ft aluminum stepladder with me and set it up next to the coach ladder and use the step ladder to get to the roof. I only have to use the last few rungs of the coach ladder. I always get about half way up the coach ladder then my mind starts thinking about how flimsy it is and how far down the ground is........scarey!
If I'm doing real maintenance on the roof that might require me to go up and down a few times I'll pull out the collapsible ladder to get on the roof. It is definitely more stable. If I'm just going up for a quick inspection I use the OEM ladder on the rear.
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Was it soft in only one area or all over ?

Maybe yours is like mine was - a roof truss was missing and found by the dealer when they were doing the pdi, why our delivery was 30 days late...
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Was it soft in only one area or all over ?

Maybe yours is like mine was - a roof truss was missing and found by the dealer when they were doing the pdi, why our delivery was 30 days late...
A Roof Truss missing !!!!

Wow, no quality control at all
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:19 PM   #10
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Generally, roof decks are 3/8" OSB. Try to walk on the 16" centered trusses if you can. You should be able to see where the seams in the decking are. Spongy sure, but glad there isn't 5/8" decking and the extra weight that would come with it.

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Out of curiosity I compared brochures on a 2012 and 2015 redwood. In 2012 it states 3/8 inch Marine grade decking while on the latest brochure it states 3/8 inch plywood decking. Should not make a deck any softer to walk on but thought it was interesting that they changed this.
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They probably changed because it is cheaper. That is to bad as regular plywood will rot if water gets to it where the marine grade would stand up better to moisture.
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That's provided it ever was Marine Grade. Look at the "Cedar Lined" Diva Closet. Might have been Cedar on the first few units, but not for long, but the brochures were never changed.
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Your right it is all in the perception
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Was it soft in only one area or all over ?

Maybe yours is like mine was - a roof truss was missing and found by the dealer when they were doing the pdi, why our delivery was 30 days late...
Pretty much all over.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:40 PM   #15
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You're fine - I'm on the roof all the time.
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hahaha -

when I'm in good grace I get the roof and on occassional burger extended to me on a rake.

When I'm in trouble, its the space over generator in the front cabinet and I have to fend for myself with the rats and bugs. She would never give up her basement for me
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