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Post by Molly3 Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:25 am

Is a nuevo roof strong enough to stand on without causing damage or starting leaks .
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Post by Libraryman2 Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:48 am

Last year whilst in my dealership, I saw the valeters working on a Nuevo I believe, one on the roof, it prompted me to ask if this was common practice and recommended!
The answer was yes, as long as you’re carful and spread your weight a little.
This was a genuine dealership with only Autosleeper models sold.

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Post by Peter Brown Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:24 pm

Molly3 wrote:Is a nuevo roof strong enough to stand on without causing damage or starting leaks .

The normal quoted maximum distributed weight is 75Kg. As far as possible I use hands and knees to distribute weight and avoid going too near fixings where I would risk breaking a seal. I have stood for brief periods and have done no harm. You could use a plank to spread the load but that is additional weight.

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Post by bikeralw Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:09 pm

If your Nuevo is the EK low profile I wouldn't put any weight at all  on the area forward of the roof opening. I never stand on the van roof, for cleaning I use a step ladder inside the van, and through the roof light I can reach everywhere with one of those sponges on an extending pole.
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Post by Cymro Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:40 pm

I crawl around on the roof of my NuevoES, to clean and then wax it. I'm more concerned for my wellbeing than that of the roof!
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Post by Molly3 Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:56 pm

The reason I ask is that 30 w solar has to go ,need 120 w Bazz
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Post by Mike187 Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:21 pm

If it is of any help I replaced our 30 watt panel with a 120 watt one earlier this year without going on the roof, working off a ladder, although I did have to move it around a lot.

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Post by rgermain Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:51 pm

Do take care when on the roof, I fitted my solar panel on a windy day against the advice of my wife, never really listen to her, a gust of wind nearly sent me flying and I ended up grabbing the roof rails! shrugg
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Post by AndyRoyd Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:58 pm

I also am about to upgrade the 30w solar panel to 120w, just waiting for dry non windy weather, don't think I can do it satisfactory through the skylight so will be crawling about on the roof and take my chance.

On my last MH I got stuck on the roof twice when the step ladders blew down, felt a bit of a pratt shouting help until some one walked past, I live on a quiet road so had a bit of a wait

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Post by groundhog Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:01 pm

Slightly off topic but what were A/S thinking fitting 30w panels in the first place!

I go on our roof to clean just take care not to go near the edges, lucky though as we have a garden wall I can just step straight off without a ladder!
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Post by AndyLouch Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:33 pm

Hi, just bought a portable scaffold tower to avoid having to go onto the roof! My main concern if that you may deflect/distort the area in way of rooflights etc, and damage the seals. Tower was £259 and is easy to erect/knock down and is much safer than a ladder.
Cheers, Andy
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Post by spanner Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:23 pm

I would always avoid standing on any motorhome roof if you have any choice, I replaced our panel with a larger one without going on the roof.
You can easily reach in from from the sides using a pair of ladders and a sponge type kneeling pad between the ladder and the top corner, much safer if you can park a few feet away from a wall then the ladder can't move if it's base is against the wall.
Using two ladders makes the job easier if someone helps you position the panel as you glue it down.

I left the original 4 fixing brackets undisturbed under the new panel.



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Post by rgermain Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:20 pm

Also off subject, why do Solar Panels come with the MC4 connectors fitted, I have cut them off due to being too large to go through glands and holes, or am I missing some thing?
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Post by spanner Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:19 pm

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Traffic lights stuck on red or road works ... ? ?
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Post by AndyRoyd Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:09 am

rgermain wrote:Also off subject, why do Solar Panels come with the MC4 connectors fitted, I have cut them off due to being too large to go through glands and holes, or am I missing some thing?

I bought a pair of 1mtr extention leads fitted with MC4 connectors on one end, these will connect to the mating solar panel connections.
The end cables will then pass through the gland, it makes it easier to remove the panel for whatever reason.

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Post by Libraryman2 Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:34 am

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If this photo loads, it’s what I took last year with a valeting person on the roof.

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Post by RogerPratt Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:02 pm

If you have a nice solid monocoque grp body, such as a Clubman, then standing on the roof is invited even. There is a good non-slip pattern moulded in to it, just like the deck of a boat. Then the only other thing you need is a head for heights!
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