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Old 10-03-2016, 07:44 PM   #1
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Walking on Rooftop??

I'm in need of working on the topside of my Argosy, not sure the steel endcaps make it any stronger/weaker than its airstream cousin, can i stand on the top?? I'm not a small man (240lbs)
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:07 PM   #2
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I am 210 or so. I walk on my trailer. I wear soft shoes and stay on the ribs. I use 1/4" ply wood if I am going to be sitting or on my knees....stay off the end caps.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:51 PM   #3
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I'm in need of working on the topside of my Argosy, not sure the steel endcaps make it any stronger/weaker than its airstream cousin, can i stand on the top?? I'm not a small man (240lbs)
NO!!!!! You will dent the roof! Don't even think about it. Get up on a 10' ladder and reach over and press your hand - cautiously - on the roof in several places and you'll see that, especially the aluminum, is very flimsy. Try to get on the roof and you will be sorry.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:55 PM   #4
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Nonsense
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Stay on the ribs and off the end caps and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:40 PM   #6
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Ok, go for it
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Many of us have been walking, kneeling and sitting on our roofs for years for maintenance and installation of accessories. Just stay on the rivet lines while walking...and a large piece of plywood spanning the ribs for sitting and kneeling. Do stay off the end caps.
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What about the new units with the raised roof for vented air ducts? Safe to walk on them as long as you stay o the rivets?
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:35 PM   #10
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If I were 240lbs I'd cut myself some 2' squares of plywood and leapfrog them to get where I need to go. I weigh 177 and feel like I'm at the limit on my Streamline and Spartan.
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I don't get on the roof of our Foretravel and have no intention of getting on the roof of the Airstream (when we get it). I leave that for those who are young enough and agile enough to do such things. Even though I have more padding than I used to, I don't bounce like I did 50 years ago. <grin>

Seriously, an Airstream's curved, smooth body can make for a sudden return to terra firma if you aren't careful. Keep your weight on the ribs, stay in the center, and move slowly. If you are using a pad/plywood be sure that it won't slide out from under you as you are moving.

I want to buy an Airstream, but I'd rather not find out that the one we're looking at is for sale because the previous owner fell off the roof.
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:34 AM   #12
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walking on roof

I successfully got on top of my argosy yesterday and took care of what i needed. I am in need of replacing my roof top heat/ac unit and took the old one off. Had some difficulty getting old one off after i disconnected it as I got near edge of roof with it. I wound up having to throw it off the side with no damage to trailer but if the unit wasnt already broken it certainly is now.



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I successfully got on top of my argosy yesterday and took care of what i needed. I am in need of replacing my roof top heat/ac unit and took the old one off. Had some difficulty getting old one off after i disconnected it as I got near edge of roof with it. I wound up having to throw it off the side with no damage to trailer but if the unit wasnt already broken it certainly is now.



Thanks everyone.
I had to lower mine down with a rope onto the top step of a 6' ladder where a helper held onto it. they're heavy. At least my 1970's AC was heavy. Maybe they are lighter now.
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