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Old 09-18-2016, 09:55 PM   #15
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Wow Kwils, that's our dream. Very nice.


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He even has the deluxe K9 security system.....
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:08 PM   #16
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Yup. Love the dog. Our little pack defends their silver doghouse like our home.


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Old 09-18-2016, 11:05 PM   #17
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Use a good wax and you'll be fine. That vehicle was made for the weather.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:38 AM   #18
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Do think I'll be O.k. walking around on it?
While I never "walked" on mine, I did crawl on hands and knees. When I worked on the Maxx Fan, I laid a moving blanket down to protect the paint. I think you could actually walk on the roof w/o damaging it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:18 AM   #19
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Now about that waxing. Being a short man - I need to get well up on a 8ft/ ladder to reach the roof line. I'm afraid to get ON the roof, since it is so crowded with AC stuff, Solar, Awning, Vents, and various Antennae - and every one of those items are connected to the roof with the usual "goop" around the parts that penetrate the roof. I guess I'm wondering how to weatherize it appropriately. If I walk on the roof, I"m afraid I'll comprise some of those factory seals. Do think I'll be O.k. walking around on it?
The Sprinter high-roof van is rated for a 300-pound loadó with the vehicle in motion. Most of that is taken up with hardware installed up there. But fortunately for you, you'll be accessing the roof when the vehicle is not in motion. The rating is mostly for rollover-protection, not load-bearing. Keep your feet spread to spread your weight, and you should do fine.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:51 AM   #20
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We are fortunate to live on an acreage that allowed us room to construct a 30' x 40' shed with 13' ceiling and 11' door. The size is perfect for our coach and assorted other items as well as room to work on our rig.
THAT is a thing of beauty. My husband is going to be overcome with remorse that we are not yet in a position to build something similar.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:02 AM   #21
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We had a carport constructed at our farm, and keep our AS there. We were paying for covered storage in the St Louis area, and in saving that $$, we will quickly pay for getting the carport built. It does a great job of keeping our trailer clean and protected. We kept it outside the first few years, but we
I've in the woods, and found the daily barrage of, tree flowers, acorns, sap, and leaves was more than I wanted to deal with.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:03 AM   #22
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...Do think I'll be O.k. walking around on it?

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At this point in our social evolution, there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, because of the wide spread in physical fitness levels in the general population. People who are active and situationally aware should do fine. People who are less active maybe should think carefully about their approach. I do yoga and I've had moments where I've been very thankful for that, because I've had to contort myself around the roof a/c or some other appurtenance, in order to complete the task in front of me (even moreso while working under rather than on top of our Interstate). I tend not to walk so much as scoot around the roof in a variety of sitting postures, which are aided tremendously by core strength and flexible hamstrings.

The height from which 50% of falls are fatal is approximately 11 feet. That's something to keep firmly in mind, because if you decide to do Interstate roof work and you screw up your situational awareness, you might not get a second shot at it.
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We had a carport constructed at our farm, and keep our AS there. We were paying for covered storage in the St Louis area, and in saving that $$, we will quickly pay for getting the carport built. It does a great job of keeping our trailer clean and protected. We kept it outside the first few years, but we
I've in the woods, and found the daily barrage of, tree flowers, acorns, sap, and leaves was more than I wanted to deal with.
How tall is your carport?
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We bought it from a "Carolina Carport" dealer. They seem to be everywhere. We had ours built way too tall, in case we ever want to do anything different. (So I have 6-8' extra clearance. They come in any height, you set it up as you place the order, along with what style, color,mets..)
We are happy with it. It looks fine, and is holding up very well. It sits next to a metal barn on the farm, so we matched the existing colors of the barn.
I'll see if I have a picture.
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Old pic. We've since had the sides brought down another 4'.
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The roof is so crowded, I'll probably need to work from the sides.
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RV covers for a paint finish outside in the elements is a bad idea. They can tend to flap around in wind causing abrasions in the paint. Also they repel water, but may also trap moisture under the cover.
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This being a view widely held, if an owner still believed that they wanted one for limited use in specific instances (e.g., being a northerner, a sleet storm comes to my mind), there's a pretty good deal on a lightly-used cover being offered by a 2016 Airstream Interstate owner on eBay right now, just FYI.
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The problem with these covers, and any precip that freezes, is that the water pools and freezes on the roof, making it very difficult to get the cover off until you have a full thaw.

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