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Old 01-21-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Can I stand on top of my Airstream?

Weight = 115#, will I dent it? I ask because I recently stood on the roof of a rental car (for a photo) and dented it.

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Old 01-21-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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If you don't wear your high heels, and you step only on the rivet line where it is supported, you should be OK.
I guess the rental was not a VOLVO?
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Weight = 115#, will I dent it? I ask because I recently stood on the roof of a rental car (for a photo) and dented it.

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Old 01-21-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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In case you have a narrow foot and miss a step, better to put a piece of carpet on underside of a square of plywood and using two, move it across top by sliding one at a time, that way you won't have to do it barefoot. No heels on a pair of boat mocs.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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You can have a barn dance if you want. Rivet lines, etc, make no difference. Just avoid it when wet. Do a search on INLAND RV/Andy's comments.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:01 PM   #5
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I weigh about 185 and I've spent a lot of time on my roof. I would only put feet where frames are,(rivet lines ) and when you put weight on your foot do it gradually. When I have a lot of work to do up there, I have made up a couple of platforms from scrap 2x2's and plywood to spread the weight over a larger surface area. Seems to work fine.....Cheers....Phil.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #6
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You can have a barn dance if you want. Rivet lines, etc, make no difference. Just avoid it when wet. Do a search on INLAND RV/Andy's comments.
Inland Andy is right about a lot of things, but not this. You can walk on the roof, but you need to stay on the rivet lines. The first time you step off the rivet lines and the shell oil cans, you will come to your own conclusion.

You can make a simple scaffold out of two ladders and a 2x10 plank. The ladders need a pad where they lean on the shell--htere's not much pressure there, but they will leave scratches. I have a board suspended from the ladder steps with a rope. Each board has a foam pad stapled to it.

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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Ditto on all the above, I know Andy said you can and says they do it at the factory but I'll play chicken and stay on the ribs. I have stepped off the rib/ rivet lines a few times and other than the skin going boing boing no damage was done.

A big no no is the rivet lines on the end caps. There are no ribs in that area and will dent big time.

If you use a ladder to get on the roof the aluminum scratches really easy.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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I generally just lay down or sit on the roof; standing up just seems to be asking a lot from Murphy.

Solar panels were the last big roof project (we're doing the canopy from the side); when we get around to the new riveted & formed aluminum AC shroud (why not?) that will be another one.

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Old 01-21-2012, 07:00 PM   #9
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You weigh a little more than half of what I weigh, and I walk on the ribs (rivet lines where the skin of the trailer is riveted to the c - channel). I wear water shoes (soft grip soles and spandex uppers) when I get up there.

I have stepped next to the rib and didn't do any damage, but would not be comfortable stepping center between the ribs.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:57 PM   #10
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Yes you can walk in the roof. There are some things to consider:

Stay on the rivet lines as others have indicated.

Most of the work I do on our roof involves kneeling or squatting, so I use a two square pieces of plywood to rest my knees and feet on while working.

Access the roof from the side not the ends. The end caps dent easily.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #11
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Slippery when wet!

Trust me, you never EVER, ever, ever, ever want to get up there when it's raining or wet. We had a very, very bad experience!
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:03 PM   #12
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One way I get on the roof is to place a towel or foam pad between a ladder and the drip channel above the entry door....
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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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!
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Putting any weight between the rivit lines makes no sense to me. If it dents, then who you gonna call and what are you going to do. I would just put down a piece of 1/2-3/4" plywood about 30"x30" square and be safe.

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