Bigfoot roof-is it OK to go up there? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 11-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Bigfoot roof-is it OK to go up there?

When we got our new-to-us BF 17 (2003) ,in 2007,I called a dealer in Zion,IL (Kramer Kampers) and they assured me it was alright to go up on the roof for washing,etc. I have done it several times, on all fours, being careful as you can imagine how slippery it is when wet.
Has anyone else done this? It seems stout enough if I stay on the periphery and there is no other way to thoroughly wash it. My other thought was to wash off a 10 foot stepladder the best I could. What to others do with taller FG trailers?

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Old 11-05-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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You may want to check with the manufacturer, as all of these trailers use different bracing or none at all. My Scamp has no bracing other than wing walls inside. I would not go up on top. I use a 4 foot car wash wand to access the roof and let it air dry.

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Old 11-05-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Our Oliver is over nine feet tall. I've washed the top from a step ladder (and didn't feel too safe) with a long wash brush. Our roof is almost two inches thick so it can easily hold up the weight of an adult. But as you pointed out, when it's wet, it's like a water slide.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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My early 15B17G has a weakly braced roof. I would not trust it to bear my weight. I use a step ladder and a 5' brush to clean the roof.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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I go up through the roof vents of the trailer to get as much as I can. One of the good things about Scamp having a large escape hatch in the roof. The areas I cant get at that way I use a ladder to get at.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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I had a '93 BF 17 and the roof was pretty flexible, so I used a ladder to clean it. But was very careful on all fours spread wide to distribute the weight when sealing vents.

Our 05 BF 17 has a significantly thicker and sturdier roof and can easily go onto the roof for cleaning. Was camping this past weekend and the cedar beside me dropped about 4" of cedar tips on the roof so was up there sweeping it off. Have to be really careful because as you say, one slip and the next step is a long one!
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #7
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The roof on my 94 has some flex. I would never put all of my weight on it. I use a ladder and a brush with a long handle for washing.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #8
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I go on the roof of my 1989 B17G all the time and I'm a big guy. I just take care not to put all my weight on a small area, like one knee. I try to use three-point contact at all times to distribute my 240 lbs. across as many square inches as possible. The roof is surprisingly stout IMHO.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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I go on top of my Bigfoot trailer without worry.
No reason for it not to support your weight

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