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  1. Brakers

    Brakers Funster Life Member

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    Hi There anyone know what is the rule when walking on the roof of a motorhome, do you need a board or something to spread the weight, I think I read somewhere not to walk near the edge or near the front, but I would of thought the edge was the strongest part. I’m not light by any means when I first saw the motorhome I thought will that Omistor step take my weight, so before I go and hold a rave on top of my motorhome I would like a bit of friendly advice. :)

    Many Thanks Tony
     
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    When I go up I tread lightly and try to stay around where I know the structure inside goes from ceiling to floor such as a wardrobe wall etc and not in the middle of open areas. If that makes sense?
     
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    I think most continental MH's would be fine

    But why go up? let somebody else fix / clean etc

    One thing that always amazes me, it looks twice as far back down as it looks up from the ground :)
     
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  4. Brakers

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    Hi David Yes I did go up the ladder this afternoon but not onto the roof, I never used to have virtigo but I did feel a little uncomfortable. :sick:
     
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    I'd be inclined to use spreader boards to go onto the roof personally. I try not to go up there, and haven't felt the need to yet! Cleaning is achieved with a long brush, everything else has been done by other people! :D
     
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    I go up on the roof of our Hymer to clean it once or twice a year. I avoid going to near the skylight as a rule. I feel pretty safe, but watch out when you put any detergent down as it can get quite slippery!
     
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    Job for the wife!
     
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  8. Brakers

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    Hi Daniel
    Sounds good to me, as you probably know from my previous posts Im sorting my power out and i need to check out my solar panel to see if it's working, hence the roof walk, I think I've got the correct wires inside which obviously come through the roof but when I put a meter across them I only get 1volt not sure how these work, I know they are contoled so they don't overcharge but are they controled at the solar panel or in the EC325 control unit.
     
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    Do you rent her out? :LOL:
     
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    It is more than twice as far down as up. You are 6 foot tall the top is ten foot= four foot difference stand on top and you are 6 foot above 10 foot.=16 and that 4 X higher??? Lie on the ground looking up and lie on the top looking down it is the same. I think???!!
     
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    To be honest, I'd be taking your van to a pro to sort this out. @eddievanbitz (other motorhome accessory fitters are available) had a huge gantry thingy to do roof work, he can do all the testing, and advise you on what needs doing. You also get to stay for free on their site while the work goes on :D
    If you're getting 1 volt, I'm guessing that something is amiss. Today in the sunshine our panel was pushing 14v to the battery at 5.5amps, regulated by the controller.
     
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    Walk on the roof of my Hymer without problems, should be OK providing it is a bonded construction I wouldn't risk it on a UK van a lot aren't bonded construction.
     
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    I think I might have to do that I live in Southampton and originally someone suggested Southdown motorhomes as they had very good service, but they can't fit me in until early June, I think I'll give vanbitz a ring tomorrow and see if they can do it sooner, I would like a run down that way any way. I become very impatient when I want something done.(y)

    Many Thanks Tony
     
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    Hi DBK thanks for that not a bad price too for such a large ladder, I think the 1.8mtr will do me.
    Best Wishes Tony
     
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    I've found them very solid compared to cheaper aluminium ones.
     
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    Im hoping it isn't going to be a problem...I'm not this heavy lol
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    Nice piece of parking Andy, obviously parked by a man:D
     
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    Thanks, I just had a coffee keyboard interface moment! :D
     
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    roof walking rules tend to be
    1 only go up there when you really need to
    2 maximum weight 75kg
    3 walk near the edge where it is strongest
    4 avoid weak points like skylight openings and joining strips. if you do, you will disturb the mastic seal and cause a leak later
    5 never try walking on the overcab bubble, they crack easily
    6 some roofs are reinforced to take a load like a top box or roof rack, but only that small area is reinforced
     
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