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Acorns on the roof
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:09:45 PM »
Next week I am moving to a new site in the RV park I live in and I am all excited about the move. As you can see in the photo below I have a giant live oak tree right over where I will be parked and I just talked to the current resident of the site and he told me the sound of acorns hitting the roof of the RV is fairly unnerving. I always new this would be an issue but I also realized I have a great group of very intelligent RVers at my disposal and I am sure that you guys and gals will have some great ideas on how to combat the acorn noises. I can only imagine there will be some humorous ideas also. Trimming the tree is out of the question.  8)
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 07:31:42 PM »
Trained squirrels with catcher's mitts?
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 07:44:06 PM »
You could always suspend a net over the RV but, the trained squirrels with catchers mitts sounds like a better idea. :)
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2017, 08:01:59 PM »
Trained squirrels with catcher's mitts?
I like that. Put some old mattress on the roof. 2" of foam rubber would help to.;D
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2017, 08:12:26 PM »
Living in a house with a metal roof and oak trees on two sides ourselves, we can only offer our sympathy.

In 2015 & 2016 our summer campsite had oaks and Ohio Buckeye trees overhead. You haven't lived until you hear a giant buckeye nut come crashing down!
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2017, 09:07:41 PM »
We used to have an old tin roof hunting camp with a huge black walnut tree close by. When you got some wind and rain the tree was just close enough that if the wind was right the nuts would hit the roof. The rain always sounded nice but thos big old heavy nuts would have you looking for cover. :)
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2017, 09:36:08 PM »
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2017, 09:48:49 PM »
Suck it up Buttercup.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2017, 04:17:43 AM »
It could be worse!

You could be in the Florida Keys and have a coconut tree hanging over your RV.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2017, 04:39:28 AM »
Suck it up Buttercup.

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In that case I should get ready for a hailstorm :o
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2017, 06:30:36 AM »
I don't have a clue to help you, but I have a pin oak in my backyard. That thing sheds acorns like you wouldn't believe. The worst part is trying to get them all up so they don't hurt your feet when walking around the yard.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2017, 07:20:27 AM »
Get you one of these and use it once a week or so. 

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2017, 07:33:56 AM »
Geez Tom I feel for you.  At our last house we added a $21K sunroom.  It was one of those with the sandwich type material including the roof which was metal.  After one year of hearing what sounded like a war fought with .22 rifles and skampering squirrels (they help shake the acorns down too), we elected to get out of Dodge.  Our animals were all shell shocked from the almost constant noise.  Six months after we moved, a very bad ice storm took down a couple of the offending oak trees right onto that sunroom.  Well, at least the new owner doesn't have to put up with that anymore.  Now for the kicker.  We recently put up a patio cover at our present home - same sandwich type material as we intend to eventually make it into a sunroom too.  BUT, despite having no trees near the patio, we elected to have regular asphalt shingles laid over the roof and this has worked wonders on keeping the noise from heavy rain down to reasonable levels.  As for your problem - well, sorry no easy solution.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2017, 07:55:54 AM »
We've been in that situation and it sounds like the squirrels are throwing the acorns at your roof or sometimes bowling on your roof! It's annoying, but you can get used to it.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2017, 08:18:20 AM »
what about if you get a roll of bubble wrap and tape it down all over the roof.
  ???
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2017, 08:24:08 AM »
get a roll of bubble wrap...

duct tape it down all over the roof

or pool noodles, cover the roof with them They are cheap and you can make a raft to float you over to Boggy Creek Resort for some more of those delicious grits.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 08:34:51 AM »
We've been in that situation and it sounds like the squirrels are throwing the acorns at your roof or sometimes bowling on your roof! It's annoying, but you can get used to it.

LOL... Squirrel bowling!!
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 08:57:42 AM »
Get someone to coat your roof w spray foam insulation.  ;D  Paint it black and it might not even look too bad.  Could even help your electric bill.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 09:10:21 AM »
I'd go with the bubble wrap.

I was under an oak tree one winter. Every time I would drive to the grocery store, the roof sounded like a thousand marbles rolling off of it.

How about an RV port?

I've seen them self-built with PVC and canvas. Or just buy the steel frame minus the roof and cover with canvas.

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https://www.carport1.com/carports-florida-metal-prices
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2017, 11:20:16 AM »
LOL... Squirrel bowling!!
I love that!

Love it, Bob!  ;D :o ::)
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 11:20:54 AM »
what about if you get a roll of bubble wrap and tape it down all over the roof.
  ???

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2017, 11:31:31 AM »
I've seen them self-built with PVC and canvas. Or just buy the steel frame minus the roof and cover with canvas.

Here are some prices and options:

https://www.carport1.com/carports-florida-metal-prices
This is the best idea so far Cynthia. Pricey but good.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2017, 11:33:41 AM »
Or just buy the steel frame minus the roof and cover with canvas.


This would also extend the life of the roof and protect the slides (maybe you wouldn't need the slide toppers). If you're not already completely shaded could slightly reduce cooling costs too.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2017, 11:43:02 AM »

This would also extend the life of the roof and protect the slides (maybe you wouldn't need the slide toppers). If you're not already completely shaded could slightly reduce cooling costs too.
My slide toppers are not hooked up so this might be the best solution. I am completely shaded so it won't reduce cooling costs.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2017, 02:40:26 PM »
I'd go with the bubble wrap.

I was under an oak tree one winter. Every time I would drive to the grocery store, the roof sounded like a thousand marbles rolling off of it.

How about an RV port?

I've seen them self-built with PVC and canvas. Or just buy the steel frame minus the roof and cover with canvas.

Here are some prices and options:

https://www.carport1.com/carports-florida-metal-prices

It looks like the steel roof provides intrinsic support to the structure - I don't see any evidence of the frame extending from one support to the other.  So replacing the roof with canvas is probably out.

With a single layer of steel, you're just replacing the relatively quiet rubber roof with a steel drum.

I like the foam roof idea - when I had a mobile home I coated it myself with Kool Seal that expands about 1/4 inch after it dries.  It completely dampened the sound of heavy rain on the roof.  This was an aluminum roof so I have no idea if it or the foam roof is compatible with EDPM rubber.

The Reflectix foil bubble wrap is another good idea and is pretty inexpensive. Here's a video on how one woman installed it on her motor home.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2017, 02:57:40 PM »
Thanks Lou, I like that idea.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2017, 03:24:14 PM »
LOL... Squirrel bowling!!
I love that!
That looks like one of the squirrels that was jumping on my roof!
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2017, 04:22:37 PM »
Tie a huge sheet to the tree to catch said acorns, like a huge hammock  :o  the squirrels could use it as a trampoline  ;D
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2017, 05:07:07 PM »
Fall is a beautiful time of the year.  You'll always know what time of year it is from the sound of the acorns hitting your roof!!!!  You'll learn to estimate wind speed by the rate at which the acorns are hitting the roof!!  When the noise has stopped for a couple weeks, you'll know its time to go up and sweep them off!  No Problem
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