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Old 11-17-2019, 08:43 AM   #21
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I have owned six travel trailers, three new and three used over the past thirty years. All have been parked at seasonal sites in the snow belt of Northeast Ohio. I have never gone to the site in winter to remove snow and none have had roof leaks.
Out in some western states where the snow is measured in feet not inches remove roof snow might be an issue.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:00 AM   #22
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Mine is parked at an open windy spot and I have never cleared snow off the roof in 10 years, no problem.
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Old 11-17-2019, 04:42 PM   #23
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Snow removal

I just use the back side of a broom
On an extension handle
Long painting pole extends to 18 ft
Pull off as much as I can
Just to lighten the load
5 or 6 inches I let it go
But big heavy snow I pull off
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:48 PM   #24
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I live in Manitoba and have never cleared the snow off the roof of the trailers we’ve owned. It all blows off when we leave for California after Christmas. ��
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:55 AM   #25
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Are your snow covered trailers being supported by the tires? How many have suffered tire failures the next traveling season? Tire damage is cumulative and they are surely damaged when they are overloaded and just sitting there.
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:27 AM   #26
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Are your snow covered trailers being supported by the tires? How many have suffered tire failures the next traveling season? Tire damage is cumulative and they are surely damaged when they are overloaded and just sitting there.
^^^ I agree.... That's what I mentioned in the last sentence in my post #18 to this thread.... IMHO it's the tires, not the roof rafters/decking that is the "weakest link" in snow covered RV's, especially those built before the new RVIA tire standards....
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:30 PM   #27
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^^^ I agree.... That's what I mentioned in the last sentence in my post #18 to this thread.... IMHO it's the tires, not the roof rafters/decking that is the "weakest link" in snow covered RV's, especially those built before the new RVIA tire standards....
I don't know that I completely agree with this or I do it different. I store mine with all the jacks down. Doesn't that support the snow weight and negate it from getting to the tires? I suppose if you just use the tongue jack or landing gear it still goes on the tires. Just my thoughts. I am in Michigan, about an hour South of JRTJH and have never cleaned the roof off.
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Old 11-18-2019, 03:35 PM   #28
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An average foot of snow on a typical Montana will weigh more than 6000 pounds. Hmmmm
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Old 11-20-2019, 02:01 PM   #29
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I don't know that I completely agree with this or I do it different. I store mine with all the jacks down. Doesn't that support the snow weight and negate it from getting to the tires? I suppose if you just use the tongue jack or landing gear it still goes on the tires. Just my thoughts. I am in Michigan, about an hour South of JRTJH and have never cleaned the roof off.
Leveling jacks might be different, but mine are stabilizer jacks and as far as I can tell they really don’t support any appreciable amount of weight at all. Just enough to “stabilize” the TT from rocking when we move around inside.

I don’t see a benefit to having mine extended in storage.
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:20 PM   #30
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Here's a question for my fellow northerners.

I have to store our 32RLI outside this winter. It's fully winterized and covered with a commercial RV cover.

Our first snowfall of the season left very close to 11" of white stuff. Other areas were worse off so I'm not complaining, too much.

How much snow load do you let accumulate before removing it?

What is your tested method of snow removal?

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When I lived in Northern Ontario, well north of you, I never removed any snow. Never had any problems.
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Old 11-22-2019, 04:33 AM   #31
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I don't know that I completely agree with this or I do it different. I store mine with all the jacks down. Doesn't that support the snow weight and negate it from getting to the tires? I suppose if you just use the tongue jack or landing gear it still goes on the tires. Just my thoughts. I am in Michigan, about an hour South of JRTJH and have never cleaned the roof off.
Having the jacks down is fine if you store it on pavement or concrete. If you store it on dirt, freezing and thawing may cause the wheels to sink into the ground and put too much pressure on the jacks.
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Having the jacks down is fine if you store it on pavement or concrete. If you store it on dirt, freezing and thawing may cause the wheels to sink into the ground and put too much pressure on the jacks.
I put my jacks down but on well drained soil/gravel and a 2x8 or two. Never had a problem with the tires. This was in northern Ontario where we get lots of snow and cold temps. Also, as mentioned did not clear the snow from the roof.
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