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Old 06-08-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Fixing leaks on roof

I have been reading the posts for about an hour and I have learned what I need to do to fix the links. This might be a dumb question, but what's the best way to get on the roof of my airstream. Will my 68 support my wieght of 180 pounds. I don't want to make things worse. Thanks for all the info, this forum has been a big help.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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Stay ON the rivet seams and OFF the end-caps. I use a tall step ladder alongside not up against the trailer. Good sneakers on a DRY surface. climb off with someone holding the ladder.

And remember....Even dead cats bounce!!!
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I have been reading the posts for about an hour and I have learned what I need to do to fix the links. This might be a dumb question, but what's the best way to get on the roof of my airstream. Will my 68 support my wieght of 180 pounds. I don't want to make things worse. Thanks for all the info, this forum has been a big help.
Place a ladder against the hinge of one of the side windows.

If you have an awning, then get on the roof from the curbside.

Your weight will not cause a problem, just don't jump around.

Also DO NOT attempt to walk any forward or rear of the awning rail. If you do, you will cave in the metal.

Use Vulkem or Parbond for the sealers.

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Stay ON the rivet seams and OFF the end-caps. I use a tall step ladder alongside not up against the trailer. Good sneakers on a DRY surface. climb off with someone holding the ladder.

And remember....Even dead cats bounce!!!
Since we got our trailer a couple of years ago, I have gotten in the habit of just leaning a ladder against the main awning, right at teh rear of the the trailer near the end cap of the awning.

I do put the ladder at a fairly steep angle (but still safe!) so as not to apply too much load onto the awning. I've done it many times and as far as can tell it causes no problem.

Even so, I'm now wondering if it may not be wise though. Anyone else do this?

As far as the rest of your reply, I do everything exactly the same as you!

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Since we got our trailer a couple of years ago, I have gotten in the habit of just leaning a ladder against the main awning, right at teh rear of the the trailer near the end cap of the awning.

I do put the ladder at a fairly steep angle (but still safe!) so as not to apply too much load onto the awning. I've done it many times and as far as can tell it causes no problem.

Even so, I'm now wondering if it may not be wise though. Anyone else do this?

As far as the rest of your reply, I do everything exactly the same as you!

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We got one of the telescoping ladders awhile back, I do it the same way when needed while camping....haven't had a problem so far, always DW there to steady though.
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I weigh 215#, I use a short extension ladder leaned against an awning to get on the roof. Soft soled shoes are a must. Stay away from the ends and as near the ribs as possible. If I have to do prolonged work on the roof I throw and old sofa cushion up there to sit on.

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