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Old 08-03-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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How Sturdy is My Interstate's Roof?

I have a 2014 Interstate Ext. How should one access their roof to clean, inspect or repair items? Is it sturdy enough to carefully crawl on, or should me only access while standing on a ladder?



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Old 08-03-2014, 11:56 PM   #2
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I've walked upright on mine with no issues. Crawling around shouldn't be an issue. Pretty much have to stay best the sides with the AC, Vents and Solar down the middle.


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High-roof Sprinters like ours are rated for a roof load of 300 pounds. Low-roof Sprinters are rated for a roof load of 600 pounds. But that's for loads carried while the vehicle is in motion. While the vehicle is sitting still and roll-over stability is not an issue, then as long as you don't try to use the roof like a trampoline by jumping up and down on it, you should be okay. The roof has enough support that it's not really subject to oil-canning under a load.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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I crawled around on mine when I was checking the A/C w/o any problem. Roof seemed very solid.

Protag: Is that load rating per sq. ft.?
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Protag: Is that load rating per sq. ft.?
No. Total load. But again, that load is for stability purposes while the vehicle is in motion, and not a reflection of how much force it would take to dent the roof.

I could not find and definitive answers (or even vauge answers) to the maximum load capacity per square foot or maximum point load.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:41 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the responses. Now, I guess I don't have an excuse for not cleaning and waxing the top of my rig.


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I'm up on AI roofs on a regular basis adding solar panels and new JACK TV antennas. I also have a 2011 with 5 solar panels on the roof and clean under them twice a year. I have not seen any bending, creaking or other movement from the Sprinter roof. You should be good to go! Just don't do the Tarrantella or Kizatski on it!
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Fwiw.

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That about sums it up!



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