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Old 02-15-2024, 06:55 PM   #1
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Is it okay to walk out on RV roof?

Hello all newbie question.

I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
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Old 02-15-2024, 06:57 PM   #2
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Hello all newbie question.

I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
Opinions/experience.

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Don't know how you would service all the stuff on the roof without walking on it.
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Old 02-15-2024, 07:09 PM   #3
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Hello all newbie question.

I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
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Don't climb on the roof... So, why install a ladder? Actually, I think the "don't climb on roof" applies to using the RV roof as a razed viewing platform. It is perfectly ok to be up there for required maintenance.
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Old 02-15-2024, 07:11 PM   #4
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Me either but the manual is specific to not get on the roof.

(Ex-submariner here.)
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Old 02-15-2024, 07:37 PM   #5
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Hello all newbie question.

I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
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It needs washed 2: seals need maintained. I get on ours during almost every trip. I also get on the roof after every trip when washing prior to putting it back in the garage.

It is not a place to hang out with a lawn chair during a NASCAR event.
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Old 02-15-2024, 07:45 PM   #6
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Actually I don't have a ladder on the Outlaw, guess I should have included that.
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Old 02-15-2024, 07:49 PM   #7
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I wouldn't hold a dance party up there but as has been stated the Dicor sealant needs to be inspected and repaired if needed at least once a season.
Washing the roof also goes a long way in keeping the black streaks off the RV's finish.
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Old 02-15-2024, 08:55 PM   #8
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I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
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Do you have a ladder to the roof? If so it is safe to walk on.

Travel Trailers don't normally have ladders and many of their roofs are not walkable, so you get some 2'x4' plywood panels to spread your weight when up there for maintenance.

An Outlaw may fall into the same category with that garage area and no internal wall supports.
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Old 02-15-2024, 08:57 PM   #9
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There is no installed ladder and there is a garage area, so I may have to use the panel to spread the weight, thanks.
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Old 02-15-2024, 08:59 PM   #10
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I am guessing the non-garaged area may have the wall supports and may be walkable?
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Old 02-21-2024, 07:04 PM   #11
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Crawl

"Don't walk on the roof"
Maybe crawl to more evenly distribute your weight over a larger area.
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Old 02-21-2024, 07:06 PM   #12
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Mine says not to use the roof as viewing platform like at races or whatever. You have to be able to get up there to service A/Cs and provide roof maintenance. But I would call Thor Motor Coach in Elkhart and ask them to be sure and to give yourself reassurance.
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Old 02-21-2024, 07:40 PM   #13
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Hello all newbie question.

I have a 2016 Outlaw and the manual says not to climb on the roof.
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I was told, by an RV Maintenance Advisor, that if a unit ships from the factory with an installed ladder, then it is okay to walk on the roof. Most RV's ship with a ladder, the few that don't probably are not on anyone's radar for purchase.
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Old 02-21-2024, 09:42 PM   #14
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If in doubt use a couple of 1/2inch 2x4 sheets of plywood and you should be able to do all you need to do.
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Old 02-21-2024, 09:55 PM   #15
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Stay off the roof

Stay off the roof on an Outlaw. They don't have near the roof support of many other coaches. Use ladders to wash and do maintenance on the roof. If you have to get up there to service something, use an aluminum ladder laid out flat on the roof lengthwise with a piece of plywood on it to distribute your weight better. Only reason to really do that would be to install gear of fix an AC unit or do a leak repair.
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Old 02-21-2024, 09:58 PM   #16
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Don't know how you would service all the stuff on the roof without walking on it.
Yes, you can walk on the roof for maintenance and repairs which you should at least once a year. I have my roof coating checked and sealed every year if needed. Our roof gets scratched up every year from low tree limbs and cleaning the AC coils.
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Old 02-21-2024, 11:55 PM   #17
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My older 23ft Thor toy hauler manual says that also. Its because of the large windows especially on the dinning room side no supports above them I was told not to walk on the edge. I have been up there cleaning and checking the seals and putting my cover on with no problem
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Old 02-25-2024, 09:37 PM   #18
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What ladder?

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Don't climb on the roof... So, why install a ladder? Actually, I think the "don't climb on roof" applies to using the RV roof as a razed viewing platform. It is perfectly ok to be up there for required maintenance.
Actually, an Outlaw is a toy hauler, and with the swing down ramp/tailgate does not likely have a ladder. However, I agree that the roof is not meant to be an upper deck and should be only accessed for cleaning and service.
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