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Old 08-30-2016, 08:19 PM   #1
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How To Get On Roof

I have a 2017 Classic and wish to put some 303 Aerospace Protectant on the roof and roof caulking to eliminate sun damage. Has anyone gone up on the roof and if so, how safe is it to do? Do you put a ladder against the door and climb up?

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Old 08-31-2016, 06:16 AM   #2

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Getting on the roof


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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:32 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post
The video does not show how to get on roof just what to avoid. Video shows tall step ladder side ways to trailer, if trying to step across onto roof very dangerous a step ladder are only to be used facing ladder any side step off or leaning to far side ways can and will cause ladder to fall over side ways and can result in injuries or possibly fatal. IMO this is very poor video how to get on roof but very good info. Bill
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:56 AM   #4
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I have used a 6' step ladder with someone holding it. 8' would be better.
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:02 AM   #5
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This recent thread covers it pretty well IMO:

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Old 08-31-2016, 07:30 AM   #6
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I was up there off an 8' step ladder a few days ago. A 6' ladder would be a little dicey. Because of the distance caused by the curvature of the side it is not a pretty thing to transfer over to the roof. Staying on the ribs is key, but difficult. I try to place my hands on two of the ribs, and pull up. No big dents yet, but at my age it's probably not a good thing to do. But then again, I have never been any too smart.
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:08 AM   #7
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The roof is aluminum so 303 protectant won't do you any good on the roof itself. Sikaflex 221 is great for all the seams around vents. FP 303 is great for your fabric awnings though. I would recommend 2 or 3 coats to waterproof and UV protect.

Getting on the roof is tricky but once your up there stay on the riveted seams.

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Old 09-12-2016, 08:23 PM   #9
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I was on roof of Argosy to clean AC unit and used my 14' collapsible type aluminum ladder. I positioned so plastic step pad touched side with proper fireman angle i.e. Place ladder against side so arms are straight out holding ladder sides and ladder bottom at my feet, I used padding wrap on side to also avoid aluminum sides scratching trailer wall. Put ladder at locations were rivets prove frame is under skin. I climbed up then laid flexible piece of 3/8 plywood 4' long by 18" wide over rivet line on roof and stepped off ladder onto this make shift platform which Distributes my weight over roof rivet lines and as moved gave reassurance at proper spot. I could step on rivet line over frame and move plywood to other side too. I also used ladder up against awning as it was close to side with minimal flex to replace roof vent. Stay on rivet frames, true.

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