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Old 09-16-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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A 'living roof' for my Overlander... what do you think?

I saw this pic posted online recently (maybe the owner is a member here) and I got to thinking about doing something similar with my own rig.

I thought, though, that I would make mine a living roof, soil six inches deep, planted with local (Nova Scotian) flora. Have spoken by email to a local green roof expert who seems pretty taken with the idea. The roof would be canted to the south.

What do you think? The second pic is of my place. Tons of snow in the winter.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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Why not? I think that it is great idea. Just make sure the structure is designed for the wind and snow loads for your area.


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Old 09-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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Lots of log cabins in the west - Yukon and NWT plus Alaska - had sod roofs. But then they had walls of logs supporting them! I'm sure you'd have some big loads to calculate, but it would look great - you have a beautiful place!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:47 AM   #4
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Thanks! Yeah, the potential weight is an issue. I suppose I could wall in one side (the south side which faces the road) but then that would make the trailer pretty dark.

Have to get some really good structural advice!
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Not just weight. The roof will need a low pitch to keep the sod from sliding right off. Because soil retains water, you need to have very good drainage as well.
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