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Old 12-03-2003, 02:35 PM   #1
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Dear AS Friends:
I am in the proccess of stopping leaks in our AS. I have received many helpfull tips from many of you regarding caulking and sealing the vents on the roof. My question is, can I stand on the roof to do the repairs? If not, how can I reach all the vents such that I can make sure that I have done the right repairs?
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:38 PM   #2
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I would be very careful up there. If it were me, I'd get two large "A" ladders and place planks across-- but that's just me...Airstream says you can stand on the roof, but only on the rivet lines though....


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Old 12-03-2003, 02:44 PM   #3
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Roof Access

I have a couple sections of scaffolding erected adjacent to the 'stream. I first put down a piece of old carpet on the roof, then a 2' X 2' piece of 1/2" plywood, and a couple of 2X8's from the scaffold to the roof.

After I'm on the roof, I use a couple of 1X6's to distribute the load, but I am careful to step only on the ribs, even with the 1X6's.

The more area you can distribute the weight over, the better off you'll be.

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Old 12-03-2003, 06:33 PM   #4
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I have been very successful in working on the roof of my '85 Excella without scaffolding. Sometimes scaffolds are more risk than benfit. Of course a lot depends on the job at hand, your personal weight and the care that you pay to staying on the ribs. I use a ladder standing near upright on the awning, didn't like it at first, but works. I have someone hold the ladder and I wear tennis shoes. Make sure the surface is very dry and as with any task plan the tools you need, put them in a container and place them on the top of the unit. Not where you want to spend the afternoon, but I was able to do the sealing tasks, antennna replacement, vent replacement or repair without damage to me or the unit. And finally, if you feel uncomfortable, take it as a warning and let someone do it for you. One fall will pay for a lot of sealing labor. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-04-2003, 02:01 PM   #5
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Thank you all. I think I'll take a piece of advise from each of you. I'll put a blanket first, two 2x12 (connected to eachother to make a 2x24) on the top such that it lays on top of at least three ribs. Then I'll tell the family to keep an eye on me. Wish me luck.
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