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Old 01-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #15
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Crumb read this tread too late. I have about6" on top and today while at work we started with frozon fog(who knew this was a real thing) and terrible ice. Tomorrow a warm up then boom, down to 5'. I missed my window to remove the snow. Great idea build the wood covers, any photos? Are they attarched or just placed on. Top? Any chance thecovers can harm the roof? Thanks
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Take a rope with a few big knobs tied in it. Toss it over the trailer then work the snow off a little bit at a time. Only down side is it's a two person job. BTW take a couple pics... 26" is a lot of snow.
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Our maybe use your gas leaf blower.
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If, you are thinking about it, and thinking about it again, and thinking about it again, listen to something and get out there and remove abunch of that weight. Might rain a few inches on top of that 26 and then it'd get extra heavy. Or there might develop ice dams that run snow melt uphill and into some leak and fill the inside with melt water. or

any way, the more you work with intuition, the more you get.
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As of this afternoon. Some of the snow blew away and it's also compacted. It's just too cold to get out there. Maybe tomorrow afternoon when the winds slow down.


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Put the heat on in the trailer for a couple of hours, to warm it up and melt the snow touching the skin. This will make it slide off easily.

Brush the snow off with a broom. Be careful not to brush the aluminum too hard. Usually you can push the snow and ice off in chunks without touching the aluminum. Attack a section a foot or 2 square then on to the next bit.

Hard frozen ice and snow can be broken up by tapping with a rubber mallet. The ice will crack and fall off before you damage the aluminum or glass if you go easy.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:48 PM   #22
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John cleaned the snow off the motorhome roof less than a week ago…here it is today. He set up a step ladder & used a push broom. (Probably as much pulling as pushing.) And, Caryl, definitely wait for a warm up.
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Weight? Ever try putting about 1 cu/ft in a container and weighing it? Just for experiment sake, make like its a jr high science question.

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Maybe a leaf blower would move most of it. Or, go under a 10' canopy.....
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Maybe a leaf blower would move most of it. Or, go under a 10' canopy.....
....but only if it hasn't rained an made a solid block of ice!
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As of this afternoon. Some of the snow blew away and it's also compacted. It's just too cold to get out there. Maybe tomorrow afternoon when the winds slow down.


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In 15 years we've never cleared the snow off our Airstreams and never noticed any ill effects of leaving it. I can't see it being heavy enough to do any damage, especially if it's dry enough to blow off in the wind. But even if it gets wet I've never seen it cause a problem. The weather needs to be close to the melting point for snow to get really heavy, and I find at that point it starts to slide off the sides. Not sure about the AC shroud (our AC is wall mounted). I'd be more concerned about breaking or scratching something when removing the snow than I would about the snow doing damage.
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If you have a safe ladder and can easily sweep it off to the side ...YES. The problem with accumulated snow is that it compresses and/or thaws and then you have ice forming in every nook and crevice ... freeze damage to the seams if they have even a tiny niche for the water to collect... if it does not melt promptly, then removal is very difficult with subsequent compressions of new snow.

Our snow blower only works on very fresh/light snow when it is cold/dry snow ... right after it falls.
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