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2000 Fleetwood Bounder 34’

How cautious do I have to be when walking on top for doing maintenance on A/Cs or forward antennas or sealing the roof? Are there stringers or crossbeams to try to walk on or doesn’t it really matter as long as I’m not stomping around? At 250 lbs, I’m not exactly a little guy and don’t want to put weight where I shouldn’t. Thanks for the input.

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Lightnup,

Welcome to the FMCA Forum.

Several factors here:

1. How good is your balance? Something you know better than anyone else.

2. How strong is the roof-- others with the same coach will need to advise you on this.

3. Conditions when you go up there-- certainly dry roof and good shoes beats wet and/or slick shoes.

Carry a line/rope up there and have someone on the ground tie a bucket with your tools in it rather than trying to climb the ladder with hands full.

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Wolfe 10 - your point #2 is the one I was most concerned with. I know to be careful when it’s wet and to watch my balance but I was more concerned about avoiding any structurally weak or “no-step” spots.

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Would help, if you told us Make/Model.  

I'm 76, 224# at 6 ft. 8 in.  I gave up on roofs of any kind 10 years ago!  My coach is fiberglass and there was 4 tech's up there, 2 months ago! :wacko:

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Like others have said, it would depend somewhat on your make and model, but generally speaking you should be able to walk around on any Class A roof without fear of putting your foot through the ceiling.  Now if you have a 20 year old unit and you are tipping the scales at around 300+ you may have an issue.  Actually under those circumstances you may not make it up on the roof because half way up the rear ladder it most likely will pull away from the coach and send you tumbling.....

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Lots of stuff up there you must either walk around or trip over...or both.  My roof has three A/Cs, three roof vents, sat/TV/radio antennas, bath sky light, two toilet vents, and a solar panel.  I'm parked where there are metal rafters about four feet above the roof of the coach when parked.  So I must step over some items while ducking under the rafters.

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18 hours ago, manholt said:

Would help, if you told us Make/Model.  

I'm 76, 224# at 6 ft. 8 in.  I gave up on roofs of any kind 10 years ago!  My coach is fiberglass and there was 4 tech's up there, 2 months ago! :wacko:

I listed it first thing in my post - 2000 Bounder 34D.

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When we owned a 5er, I would determine where the roof braces were by observing the roof on a cool morning when there is dew  on it. The roof braces will stand-out, I remember their locations,  and try to only step on them when I was on the roof. If I was really working on the roof I hauled up a 3' sq piece of  1/2" plywood to stand/work on. Our MH is not made so lightly, I can step anywhere without the roof deflecting.

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