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Old 01-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #21
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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, 05:48 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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Old 01-06-2014, 06:37 PM   #23
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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.

Seriously, be careful and be safe.

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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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Old 01-06-2014, 09:58 PM   #26
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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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Old 01-06-2014, 10:32 PM   #27
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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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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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Old 02-02-2014, 07:55 AM   #29
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Our snow melted some, the wind blew some off the top, it snowed again and the winds howled. I've checked everything inside and there seems to be no problems. .

And, School's Out, I don't know if there WILL be a warm up in the Chicago area. We have been hammered this winter. Spring seems so far away.......

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If you get a mild day put the heat on first thing in the morning and let it warm up. Later in the day with the sun out the snow should break up and push or sweep off easily.
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Hope your roof caulking is in good shape for when it all melts....
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:04 PM   #32
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I'd be more concerned about breaking or scratching something when removing the snow than I would about the snow doing damage.[/QUOTE]
Usually there'll be a hard pack of icy on the bottom that should prevent you from getting down to the aluminininium, leave most of that on.
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I always remove the snow within a week of the snow.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:11 PM   #34
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My AS has sat outside for the 12 winters that I have owned it.
I am sure it has had more like 3' of snow on it at times.
It hasn't hurt it a bit.
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Cleaning snow off aluminum trailers

It's the end of July 2014 and I am just now reading this thread.
I have done winters in my Silver Streak here in North Idaho since 1998.
What I have done is put good quality silver tarps over my trailer a few years. Some years I have done nothing. The least trouble is to take black plastic sheeting and hold it down with some weights. I also used cold weathe tape, but it doesn't hold up in the wind or if it gets wet.
The plastic sheeting is slippery as all hell, so don't ever walk on it or you will go down hard. It also lets the snow slip off easily and keeps the roof from leaking if there are any places water can get in.

I always have a good quality push broom in my truck and one for the house. I use it to scrape the snow off with the non-brush side and drag the snow off. Be careful of pounding the broom brush too hard or it will break where the handle screws in to the brush. That's why I say get a good quality broom. But even those will break if you pound them too hard.

When I had a deluxe fifth wheel 42 feet long back in 2008 to 2010, the snow piled up about two feet and kept packing down between snows, so it was a hunk of ice with snow on top. I came in from using my walk behind snowblower and was wearing only my undershorts under my quilted Carharts and snow boots. I came in and took off the Carharts as I was sitting on the bed in the bedroom in the overhang front of the fifth wheel.
I was sitting on the bed in my underwear and Sorel snow boots when the whole trailer crashed to the ground when the front jack supports broke loose from the weight. It was quite a shock and I'm still surprised that every mirror in the bedroom didn't break as I had mirrored glass sliding doors on the closet and a giant mirror over the bed headboard.
It turns out that the pins that keep the front jacks couldn't hold the weight and were pretty short and ripped loose.
It took a back hoe to lift the trailer up and block it up until I could get the jacks replaces.
So the lesson is...snow that has packed down get VERY HEAVY. So if you have your non-fifth wheel trailers jack up to take the weight off the tires, you could have a problem.
I have had loads of snow on my Silver Streak and had the melted snow freeze in giant slabs of ice on the sides such that if you broke them off and they hit you it could hurt a lot.
The fifth wheel developed giant icicles hanging like giant stalactites from the front corners that were almost four feet long and six inches thick that you could have killed a moose with.
As for using the broom to remove snow off your trailer or trucks with a topper, just stand on a step ladder or something safe and hit the back of the broom about midway on the roof and pull back and a good bit of snow will come off. I don't worry about scratching my trailer or truck. Never had a problem. When there is ice crust I just leave it along as it will melt off.
I use my electric leaf blower to DRY my truck and Harley after washing them. It eliminates the black drip streaks and you won't even have to use a chamois on your windows. I use my leaf blower for everything including blowing the dirt out of the inside of my truck. Much easier than vacuuming. Just make sure your loose papers are picked up first.

Hope these tips help. I have no problems with snow at all. In fact, some snow on the roof tends to insulate the trailer against losing too much heat out the roof, I think.
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It turns out that the pins that keep the front jacks couldn't hold the weight and were pretty short and ripped loose.
This is interesting: It wasn't the top of the camper that failed, but the jacks!
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that's coincidence. i just found this. Tip: Remove snow from your car in the winter | Fuelly
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:33 AM   #39
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How fun that this thread pops up now! I was really anxious about the Airstream when I started this thread. Actually the Airstream came through the winter just fine. However, the house roof built up the worst ice dams we have ever had. Now we have some major expense with the house roof. But the Airstream--just sitting out there smiling away. I was thinking about the wrong roof!

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Just wanted to be clear...the pins that failed weren't the pins that are used to secure the legs after extending them, it was the tiny pins near the electric motors that keep the legs from being able to fall into the main jack leg tube. I forget what it looks like...have some pics in some back up files somewhere, but when it let go, it gashed the steel box that my propane tanks were in.
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