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Old 07-25-2019, 08:28 AM   #1
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Rooftop strength?

I am adding a Micro-Air EasyStart 364 to our Rooftop A/C unit this week and am wondering if I can get up on the roof of our Bambi without damaging anything. I understand it's pretty strong and technicians do get on top of other Airstreams - how about the Sport 16?

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Old 07-25-2019, 09:03 AM   #2
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Do not know about your trailer but where you see rivets, it is strong enough. Stay off end caps.


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Old 07-25-2019, 09:17 AM   #3
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What Larry says. Not a bad idea to use a shelf board to distribute your weight if you step between the rivet lines. I installed an AC on my trailer without issue. We had a couple guys on the roof. As Larry said, the end caps have no ribs to support them. Make sure the roof is dry.

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Old 07-25-2019, 09:18 AM   #4
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There's always an *if* .... I suspect there is a weight range that is ok and if you are significantly past that you need to be extra careful. If you are an "enhanced model" you likely are already aware of that

Tools and stuff for an easy start are not going to weigh much. If you ever are doing something where the "stuff" starts to get heavy, it also needs to be carefully positioned.

If you watch them play on the roof of a trailer at JC it's quite a dance. They do the "full OSHA" approach with a harness and safety rope going to the roof of the building. Stay safe

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Old 07-26-2019, 02:26 PM   #5
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Shelf board to kneel on would be a great idea. Else, find the rivets and only kneel on the ribs. Post your install via video or pics.
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:36 PM   #6
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I use 1/4" plywood squares to move around on my trailers roof.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:06 PM   #7
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You can do this. Look at the sides of your trailer and follow the rivet lines from the sides up close to the middle of the top of the trailer. Those will be the ribs on the inside of the walls of the trailer. If you stay on or near the rivet line you should be fine. Me and an other guy 170 & 180 lbs have been all over my 64 Safari roof installing a new AC. Stay off the end caps and don't fall off.

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Old 07-26-2019, 06:50 PM   #8
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Best way is a to watch someone do it. Great tips as well.

My preference is not to use an a-frame ladder, rather a leaning one set on some key drill rails on the window or door. Makes transferring much easier.

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Old 07-26-2019, 07:09 PM   #9
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I'm a XXXl/ tall kinda guy. When working on the roof line, staying on the rivet lines and using 1/4 plywood to span the distance betweent rivet line is wisdom in words. It will save you thousands of dollars.
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Old 07-26-2019, 07:40 PM   #10
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I wrap a strip of carpet or even a rug around a plank. Make sure it is not slippery against the roof. If you have a 4' rug with rubber backing, use that with rubber backing out against the roof.

You have a tendency to want to put a knee between the rivets. You will leave a dent. Don't do that.

You need somewhat of a good balance. If you have problems with this, not good walking on the roof.

I use a regular ladder against the awning. The bottom of the ladder is roped to and around a tire. You don't want to lose your ladder when you step off onto the roof!

Go ahead and try. It's the only way you are going to learn.

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