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Old 04-24-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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How does everyone climb or get access to their Egg roof for painting, applying polish, routine maintenance? I have ladders and I tried boards between 2 ladders but I still can not reach the middle. Do you actually crawl on top, do you put plywood down to spread your weight? Any suggestions would be delightful....
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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I think the two ladders are used like a scaffold with the board suspended above the trailer, I would not recommend putting your body weight on the roof.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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On the roof is a definite NO! Some type of scaffolding over the roof or a bucket truck.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
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How does everyone climb or get access to their Egg roof for painting, applying polish, routine maintenance? I have ladders and I tried boards between 2 ladders but I still can not reach the middle. Do you actually crawl on top, do you put plywood down to spread your weight? Any suggestions would be delightful....
I've been on my Trillium roof lots of times.
I have several cut-to-length wooden supports that I use to wedge stout boards UP against the ceiling inside the trailer.
Works like a charm!

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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Depending on what is being done and extension pole and some creativity would work as well. Duct tape is your best friend.
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Smile You CAN climb on the roof!

I don't know about other brands, but here is the word from the Trillium factory:

You can go up on the roof - restricted to someone of 190 lbs. max.
I've personally been up there. You can't 'walk around', but you can be 'on all fours' to perform maintenance & cleaning.
The only place that's safe is on top of the kitchen cabinet on the left side, and on top of the closet on the right side.
From these 2 positions, most can reach all areas of the roof.

Hope it clarifies.

Tom

I, personally, place a ladder alongside and use a car washing extendable brush. I would think there would be a real danger of sliding off, once one is actually on the roof.
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A little hint on the use of the brush, do not press hard so the bristles are rubbing on their sides, leave the brush 'stand up' on the end of the bristles. Then use a circular motion. This will remove most dirt.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:41 AM   #7
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I was up on the roof of our Casita 17 to install the MaxAir unit. I didn't stand and walk around, but I did sit and crawl while I was up there. The roof did not flex noticeably.
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Several points come to mind. Age of trailer, weight of person climbing on roof... and age of said person

It only takes one OOOPS to decide it wasn't worth it. Damage to the roof could have been offset for the same price as renting proper ladders/scaffolding to do whatever job....
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In my case the age of the person climbing is probably more critical. I am 6'4" 215#, the trailer is a 2002 Casita 17.
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The trip to the E.R. would be way more than a days rent on some scaffolding.
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So, does everyone rent scaffolding or take the risk and use a ladder?
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The way I do stuff I might use a one legged ladder, but at a late 46 tears it doesn't hurt that much yet. lol
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Scaffolding or ladders? I think it would depend on what you're trying to do. Wash/wax or cut a hole and install a vent or A/C, etc. I can wash/wax by streeeetching and it's not as critical as a properly installed vent which may take more time and care.
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