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Old 02-26-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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Unhappy OK, so how DO you polish the roof?

Is there a good way to polish the roof short of building staging?
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Old 02-26-2005, 03:21 PM   #2
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Check the search function - saw a great thread recently where an airstream was pulled between two Box vans (about 10ft high) and a couple of ramps were laid between the vans. Two men did the entire roof in a few hours. Impressive!

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Old 02-26-2005, 03:52 PM   #3
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I did mine from a ladder - not very much fun, but doable - the two box vans trick is from Insideout.

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Old 02-26-2005, 04:46 PM   #4
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I know a couple of contractors. Maybe I can "borrow" some staging frames. Won't that make the neighbors happy!
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:45 PM   #5
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Check the search function - saw a great thread recently where an airstream was pulled between two Box vans (about 10ft high) and a couple of ramps were laid between the vans. Two men did the entire roof in a few hours. Impressive!
That was us! Planning on another get together for a touch up in a couple of weeks. Check out my photo gallery...

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Old 02-26-2005, 07:49 PM   #6
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That looks like a good way to get at it! Nice job by the way. Love the pics. Looks like ya gt a bit dirty!
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Old 02-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #7
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When we first got our Sovereign last summer, one of the first things hubby wanted to do was get the airconditioner running. However, he did not want to put his weight and the weight of the airconditioner in the same spot (and besides that we already had a broken bow). He devised a scaffolding of sorts made of 2 x 4s that looked like two ladders and a brace and "seat" attached at the top. The bottoms of the ladders flared out a bit to give a little more stability. We were able to move it from one end of the trailer to the other without much problem. He made it so it's easily unbolted and stored in three pieces in the shop.

We removed, serviced and replaced the airconditioner, replaced two vent covers, and cleaned the top while never having to lean a ladder against the trailer.

Sorry I didn't have a digital camera at the time, and our scanner has bit the dust so am unable to send pictures. But if you have any specific questions please PM me.
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Old 02-27-2005, 05:51 AM   #8
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Thanks for the tip! Getting ideas for the summer. (bit cold here to play outside) Plenty of work ahead of me.
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Old 02-27-2005, 07:24 AM   #9
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Take a look at this thread also. I use a stabilized ladder which gives access quite a bit of my roof, and if it was the next taller model, (and so was I .... I could do even more.
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The roof "MYTH" continues.

If you need to get on the roof, then do it.

Stay off the segments.

Every, repeat, every Airstream dealer as well as the Airstream factory workers, gets up on the roof.

Use caution, don't jump around, wear rubber sole shoes, walk softly, (it's not necessary to walk on the ribs or stringers), and you will be fine.

Special ladders and or platforms are a waste of time as they are not necessary.

Many, mant years ago, Airstream put 30 mechanics on top of a 30 foot trailer, then leak tested it again. They proved it with photo's.

Results, no leaks, no dents, no problems.

Present type construction has not changed that.

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I would like to see those old pictures,and old factory pics ,are they online anywhere? Scott
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Old 02-27-2005, 04:15 PM   #12
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Those photo's are gone.

Nothing left but great memories.

Not to worry, "IT WAS DONE".

Consider, that if one person on top of the roof could cause damage, then how much damage is caused by the Airconditioner every time you hit a bump?

The answer. None.

The Airstream shell is a lot stronger than people give it credit.

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If you need to get on the roof, then do it. <snip> Special ladders and or platforms are a waste of time as they are not necessary.
We have been on the roof before, while caulking & repairing vents/skylights...before polishing, no problem. Although getting on the roof while polishing or after will scratch it...thus the solution we had above with the trucks & scaffolding. Had everything, didn't cost anything...was very effective.

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Angry

Your way seems the smartest. I can't bring myself to get on a 30 year old roof that does not have a problem. Seems like you would be challenging the sealing areas.....
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