Reefer Trailer Roof Strength

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  1. TheFLEngineer

    TheFLEngineer Bobtail Member

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    Noob here. I recently purchased a 2011 Utility VS1RA 28 ft Refrigerated Trailer for a special project. The trailer will be hauled to a location and never moved again. I understand the roofs of dry van trailers are very thin and not meant to support anything. But how durable is the roof construction for typical reefer trailers? Can you walk on top of them? Could you mount solar panels on top without structural risk? Any information is appreciated, thanks!
     
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  3. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    You can walk on most…been up there shoveling snow off more times than I can remember
    They do/will give quite a bit though
    Have no idea the weight of solar panels…but I’m betting if you lay couple layers of plywood on roof…to help spread out weight
    You’ll be fine
    Good luck
     
  4. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    The roofs don’t deal well with hail that’s for sure .:)
    Maybe older ones were built better than what you buy today?
     
  5. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    You can walk on it. Not gonna hurt it.
     
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