How strong is roof

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  1. lorger

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    Hi All
    Going to give the MH a wash this week and wondered how safe it was to stand on the roof i was thinking of placing a plank from side to side so my weight isn't in all one place let me know what you think and also how you clean your roof.
    Forgot to say its an 06 elddis 130 autoquest.

    Gerry
     
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    shouldnt be a problem.
    i walk on mine (kontki)and im going on 17stone.
    just dont get too close to any roof vents/skylights and avoid the overcab 'bulge'.
     
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    Few years back that is how I used to clean my roof,, Scaffold plank,, side to side,, with plenty of padding on the outer edges so when you walk in the middle the plank dont bow and touch the roof.. :thumb:

    Could have done with two,, side by side as one is not quite wide enough to work comfortably,, and with the width of two you can get down on all fours and give it a good polish,, makes washing the Seagul cr*p off easy,, (down by the coast) any ways.. :Smile:
     
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    Afraid I will have to disagree with you on this one "pappajohn",, I was always told not to walk on european roofs,, as they are suseptable to stretch and break the seal on the roof edge/awning/gutterering etc.. :Eek!:

    Dont think suseptable is spelt right,, but I know nuffink,, :Wink:
     
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    I was told that the roof was designed to be walked on. I regularly go onto our roof, not only to wash it, but also as we have a roof box, and the only way to get onto this is by walking on the roof.
    I stay away from the vents, and from where the roof starts to angle for the overcab.
    I've got an extendable brush which connects to hose to clean this (about £10 from focus from memory)
    I'm a big bloke and had the only problem I've had with being on the roof has been high winds! Gotta go careful then!
     
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    and the slippery surface when wet with water and detergent...:Eeek:
     
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    I have been up on the roof of European vans a lot. I'm not light:Smile: They are stronger than you might thnk. I have also carried 70kg of canoe up there as well. Just be careful, the roof will flex which means that seals around skylights will eventually go. On an Autotrail we had, I was on and of the roof a lot with the canoes and i would have to reseal the Heki once a year as the flexing made it spring a leak. Only a 20 min job to fix though.
     
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    ladders and a brush with hose pipe conected sell them at all the shows or you can buy them form any diy store much safer i would think than takeing the chance of a split roof !!
    or park close to a wall get on the wall and use a soft brush !!+

    carl
     
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    Thanks for the replys guys i think i'll get the wife to go up as shes a lot lighter than me :Rofl1: i will watch her though to make sure she does'nt fall.

    Gerry
     
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    Gerry, I have the same van as yours and I wouldn't attempt to walk on my roof. The way I clean mine is to use a ladder leaning against the side of the van at roof level.
    I cushion the ladder against the van with one of those thick fluffy bath mats tied round the ladder where it touches the van. I then clean the roof with a mop and buckets of hot water with Fenwick's MH and Caravan cleaner, and then rinse off using a watering can with cold water.
    I must admit, I haven't polished it yet though.
    Even in the city centre here we still get bombarded now and again by seagulls.
     
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