How strong is the roof

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  1. Jasz

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    I am wanting to clean and wax the top of our motorhome, the only way I can see to do it (especially the waxing) is by getting on top. As quite a lot of motorhomes have ladders fixed to the back, I imagine that will be OK. The question is how careful do I need to be (apart from as careful as possible)?
     
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    It might depend what the van is, keep away from the sides as that is where you fall off and keep away from sky lights as they weaken the roof structure.

    Martin
     
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    I usually get a good strong piece of board to walk on to spread the load and stop you slipping
     
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    I climb on mine regularly feels fine ,but i always take care.Just gave mine a clean and polish no problem ,but then again it is a Rapido lol:)
     
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    It's an Auto-Trail, I'll be careful near the sides but useful to be made aware to also avoid getting close to the skylights, thanks. What about the overcab area?
     
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    Overcab area is often a different construction and may be a lot weaker, best to keep off that bit.
     
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    Ok thanks, will just do what I can reach (y)
     
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    I use a short ladder on mine with padded top ends. I find that I can lean over half way across the roof, so no need to climb on top.
     
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    If it is a bonded roof they normally have a weight limit of 75kg I walk all over ours I'm 74kg.:)
     
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    beware of the joint between the flat roof and the overcab and give it a wide berth. just treading next to it is likely to cause a leak. and never ever try to walk on the overcab bubble, very easy to damage and expensive to repair

    those vans with ladders, only the rack area is slightly reinforced, not the whole roof and the 75kg limit is optimistic. the strongest part is actually over the top of the side walls, where there is greatest risk of falling
     
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    Similar except I use a set of tall stepladders (7 steps plus platform).
     
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    Just as a caveat (plus I obviously don't wish to embarrass @johnp10 but don't understand what "Graham, Shuttit!" means) may I point to This Post.

    :whistle:;)
     
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    I think I would stay off it, just for the sake of polishing it, no ones going to see it.
     
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    Autotrail has a quite thick GRP skin and they often have roof racks and ladders so designed for a bit of stick. Other precautions as previously relayed (y)
     
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    A typical older AT
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    I agree with what others have said.

    I try to clean and polish as much of my roof from the sides, using a tall step ladder but one has to be careful that reaching over doesn't cause the ladder to 'kick' the opposite way :eek:

    I have a large Hekki rooflight, so I put a smaller set of steps inside the van and attack bits from there too.

    For the over-cab, you may have to cobble together a brush (or the like) with rag or padded end to polish that bit. Large first-aid dressings make brilliant polishing material!

    I've seen folk do all sorts; even cleaning the top of the van from their bedroom windows!!

    I wish someone would come up with a sort of gantry thingamybob that you could climb on and wheel along as you go. I'd buy one!
     
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    Our last van was an AutoTrail Delaware and had a ladder fitted.
    I frequently went on the roof to clean it and used it as a photo platform on several occasions.
    The over cab section was very flimsy and you wouldn't want to put any weight on it.
    Be careful with polishing as it will make the roof extremely treacherous to stand on. I put polish on one very small area and nearly took a dive over the side.

    Richard.
     
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    yes agree with all you say and the thingamabob you speak of is a cherry picker so as you say you would buy one can I borrow it after you've used it please? :D
     
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    I can't do ours and not sure if I'd trust my son up there!
     
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    Certainly Paul, but you'd have to drive it up to notloB! (Unless, that is, you'd want ME to clean your roof for you :D)

    What I meant was something like a car wash gantry without the brushes, or miniature version on what goes over a railway line (if you see what I mean?)
     
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