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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465505

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Whilst away this winter, I have seen several people standing on the roof of their caravans to clean windows, or do maintenance work. They are usually european manufacture caravans.

Will my 2015 Coachman VIP take my weight if I get on the roof?
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465506

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It depends whether it is a loose laid or composite.
If loose laid, NO, if composite , maybe.
However, it is not to be recommended even if possible,,,,,,,,,,,,,its a long way down !!!!!

European made vans are very different to UK ones !!!!
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465513

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Regardless of the structure, and as Damian says, its a long way down. Caravan roofs are notoriously slippy when cleaned, and at the edges, there are absolutely no hand holds. If its just a matter of cleaning, a long brush from the step ladder is as good as anything..
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465519

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Only Bailey have ever advertised the strength of their roof so probably not. on a Coachman.
As someone involved in accident investigation, all I can say about the idea is that it is downright dangerous and even if the roof can take your weight, only a fool would try it.
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465525

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I should have said, I actually bought a platform to work on mine. Quite a few of us got them on an Aldi special buy last year and they come up every now and then. About £60 I think they were.
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465530

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Thingy wrote:
I should have said, I actually bought a platform to work on mine. Quite a few of us got them on an Aldi special buy last year and they come up every now and then. About £60 I think they were.

I got one but even st 6 ft 4 in there are roof areas that are difficult to access. Younghusband platforms are higher but a lot heavier and more expensive.
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465533

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It seem to me that the only people who are likely to be able to answer this question will be your seller as they wold be liable under contract law if they claimed it were safe, and subsequently a roof failed when some one walked on it.

Historically, it is not normal practice to walk on vehicle roofs (including caravans) and most reasonable persons would expect that doing so is likely to damage the roof, structurally or its finish.

Walking on a caravan roof is not normal behaviour, nor is it easily achieved, so consequently caravan manufacturers are not expected to design their caravan's to accept such abnormal loads. Any one injured whist doing it, is not likely to have a claim against a caravans seller or manufacture upheld.

Unless a seller or manufacture tells you it is permitted, assume its not a good idea.
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465534

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Thingy wrote:
I should have said, I actually bought a platform to work on mine. Quite a few of us got them on an Aldi special buy last year and they come up every now and then. About £60 I think they were.
I bought one too. The platform mode is no good for reaching the entire roof. The extended ladder however does work but needs to lean against the caravan . It is stable with the broad foot print.
Even on a Bailey, I can’t recommend walking on the roof :woohoo:
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465535

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I agree don't wanna go on the roof , slippery and dangerous , with the platform that I have on the top setting I can get to over half of the roof then just take the platform round other side and do the same , easy peasy - and safer .
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Will my 2015 Coachman VIP roof take my weight? 8 months 3 weeks ago #465537

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Craigyoung wrote:
I agree don't wanna go on the roof , slippery and dangerous , with the platform that I have on the top setting I can get to over half of the roof then just take the platform round other side and do the same , easy peasy - and safer .
Craig
Would that be with the platform braces in place? :-)
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