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Old 01-21-2012, 09:24 PM   #15
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Get down from there!!!!

Originally Posted by beckybillrae View Post
I'll walk all over my 31' Sovereign, but also am afraid of walking anywhere on my 17' Bambi II. I, however, am not as lightweight as our young friend, Alecia! I'd like to know how heavy people who walk on trailers less than 19' are? (not to be nosy) cause I have all the interior skins off my Bambi II and there's not a heck of a lot of support from what I can see!
Becky, The roof is the same aluminum Sovereign or Bambi. The difference in length won't make it any less able to support your weight. Just fewer ribs front to rear. I weigh in at 285 and have used the seams to support my walking on up there. I used 1/2" plywood to span the rivet lines with which had waffle foam attached to the bottom side for safety and to prevent scratching. That seems to work very well just remember not to step on the end panels or climb up from the ends. Ed

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:35 AM   #16
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The first time you step off the rivet lines and the shell oil cans, you will come to your own conclusion.

The factory personnel are all over them, Inland RV is all over them. I never gave it a moments thought with our Silver Streak trailers. Where is the evidence? All I see is fear that something may happen and then doesn't.

Are you saying that these two corporations are trying to encourage damaging behaviors in order to line their own pockets for later repairs? [No, you aren't, but, . . . . ] After all their experience, otherwise, outweighs that of any individual around here.


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Old 01-22-2012, 06:43 AM   #17
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Maybe it was mentioned before, but in addition to the recommendation most people have given to stay on the rivet lines (which is what i also do), It is also strongly suggested to stay off the curved end caps entirely.

When I bought my trailer used, I didn't realize that a previous owner had not done so and the first time I went up on the roof noticed a substantial dent on an end cap - not visible from the ground.

Luckily I was able to pull it out almost perfectly with an automotive body repair suction cup.


PS - sounds like good advice people have given about staying off the roof when wet. I never really considered that, but will now!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:48 PM   #18
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Becky--- your Profile Photo is amazing.... What Polish do you use? Or is that the result of a recent WAX job?

Admiring your shine,

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:12 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by SHAGWAGONTWO View Post
Becky--- your Profile Photo is amazing.... What Polish do you use? Or is that the result of a recent WAX job?

Admiring your shine,

Thanks, Thomas. It's the result of about a 150 hour polish job!

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:29 PM   #20
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I don't want to go on the trailer roof because I don't want to take a chance of denting the skin and I don't want to fall off.

I use a bridge plank laying on a carpeted 2x4, from a scaffold. I'm feeling secure up there, plus there's no chance of damaging the skin.


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