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Old 12-27-2008, 06:08 PM   #15
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That's alot of snow!!!! Glad there wasn't more damage.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:46 PM   #16
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i didn't know they made that much snow. good luck with all that and i'm glade i'm in NC
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:16 AM   #17
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I’m lucky.

The only damage is the dented refrigerator access door, and slight dimple directly above the door, all else seems to be ok.
Hi, replace the refrigerator access door and try a suction cup on the dimple. Or maybe when it gets warm, it will pop out on it's own.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:27 AM   #18
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I thought that I would leave the dimple alone, as I have to be looking down the side to see it, and the normal expansion movement of the metal may resolve it. I will most likely replace the door.

For five years the snow has always acted like this picture of last years snow. Four feet on the ground. The snow is lower at the door because I cleaned it out untill it became too tall.

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:31 AM   #19
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Come take some of our snow

Sorry to read about your SNOW Adventure. We had one too. We have a
Home Depot purchased cover for our Globetrotter. Every year my husband took the snow off and the Airstream rested in comfort.

This year the snow arrived and arrived and he was unable to get most of the heavy stuff off in time. It bent the poles on the cover. Fortunately he was able to order new poles. They are expected to arrive soon. He is now keeping snow off. Snow does present problems. Aria
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:54 PM   #20
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I saw a picture of an AS for sale in Tahoe a few months back that the roof had caved in on due to snow buildup on the roof. I think they said it was four feet high on the roof. Has anyone else had this happen? I would be very concerned about it if I lived in a snow area. Those folks had a hard time unloading the remains for $500.00. What a awful thing to find in your driveway some morning...
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:31 PM   #21
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Oh no!!! I had this happen to a truck camper parked beside a barn 40 feet high with an aluminum roof. The snow PULVERISED the camper.

Good warning to everyone in snow country DO NOT park your trailer or other vehicle near a building.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:40 PM   #22
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When you store a trailer outside in the snow do you eventually get leaks inside the trailer?
Vinnie.....I'm sure glad we live in Northern California!
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Yup.. i think we are spoiled. But i did by this cover from Shelter Logic for the sun / rain to keep it dry. Its been great because i can work on it during the winter and stay dry and not worry about cleaning up my mess until im done with the project. i can also roll down the front door and zip it to keep the critters out. It has a 7 year warranty on the rip stop fabric. i tried to get a neutral color "Tan" so it blends in somewhat to my backyard. No complaints yet. i dont think it could handle snow though. and it might be tough to climb up there to brush it off. not that we have to worry about that.


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Old 12-30-2008, 11:31 PM   #24
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MillValleyCa,

We have only had the trailer for two months. I would think that it should hold up to natural snow accumulation without any problem, but not like the pile that slipped off of the roof and slammed against the side. This should be the only winter that the trailer will see, as we plan to be on the road for the next couple of years.

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Old 12-30-2008, 11:32 PM   #25
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And the snow zinged off of the roof and piled against the Airstream…..

I was in the shop readjusting the snow thrower, this seems to be the norm, as after two hours of use equals one hour of repair. The snow on the up-hill side of the shop had been hanging from the roof like a big white blanket, perhaps 4 to 5 feet down from the edge with big graceful curves, and the downhill side had not started to move at all (the Airstream side).

The shop has been in place for five winters, and the snow has always curved over the bottom edge, broke off, and fell at the side of the building. Even last year when we had three feet of snow on the roof, a new foot of snow every couple of days for three weeks, the snow always crept over the edge curling and would break off and drop to the ground next to the building.

As I was just finished with reassembling the snow blower, and zing, the snow slipped off the up-hill side of the shop. This was a horrendous noise and shook the whole building. The snow had zinged off and landed 10 to 12 feet away from the building.

I was shocked and terrified that the snow would slip on the downhill side and hit the Airstream. I immediately started work on freeing the van from the snow with the plan of creating a path to the Airstream, to pull it ahead several feet out of harms way. I dashed into the house to get the key to the van, and told my wife about the snow hazard. We walked out to survey what the perceived hazard was, and we were too late, the snow had zinged off of the roof and piled against the Airstream.

The Airstream was parked eight feet from the building, and the snow is piled against it four and five feet high in areas of the bathroom, and back to the rear bumper. I can’t tell if I have any dents yet. The snow is very dense and packed quite hard. Tomorrow I will try to free the trailer and survey the damage.

Pictures tomorrow.

Steve
Steve, any chance you were using a heater in the shop? Possibly it doesn't have an insulated ceiling or roof and the escaping heat warmed and allowed the slab on the roof to let go all at once, especially if it had been a wet snow fall that then somewhat froze before you were working in the shop?
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Vlamica,

Those shelters are just fine except for snow. The neighbor had one over his tractor, and it folded in after the first 18-inch snow a few years ago.

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Motoman Don,

The heat had been on for over two weeks, high during the day and low at night. The outside temp was down to 03 with a high in the twenties. The roof has only two inches of insulation and a vapor barrier. Three foot of snow on the roof over the two weeks, and sudden quick warm outside temp, rain, and zing the snow slipped.

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Old 12-31-2008, 03:15 AM   #28
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It's a little late for advice, but---
The steel building folks make some little angle goobers that screw onto the roof that are designed to grab onto snow and keep that from happening.
However, that much snow might create a problem called "roof caving in"! Saw quite a few examples of that when we lived in Minnesota.
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