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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 #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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« 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.

Here are some prices and options:

https://www.carport1.com/carports-florida-metal-prices
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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2017, 02:57:40 PM »
Thanks Lou, I like that idea.
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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2017, 05:56:31 AM »
I just hope your cats don't freak out from the acorns hitting the roof.
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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2017, 06:51:12 AM »
I just hope your cats don't freak out from the acorns hitting the roof.
Don't know about Tom's cats but our cat and dog did freak out with every batch of acorns and even with heavy rain.  The cat would hide is the smallest place she could find and the dog would just whine.  The dog eventually went deaf - she was already blind.  I don't know if the noise is what caused it but can imagine that if you are blind and sudden noises keep startling you, it must be terrible.  Their and our situation with that noise was one reason we decided to move and another reason that our current home has no oak trees anywhere close to the house.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2017, 07:44:28 AM »
Here is a link to the canvas carports which can be fitted for an RV.

http://www.acecanopy.com/carports.html

I believe you wouldn't hear the acorns slapping the canvas, since it will be an air pocket above your roof. Will also save you a bundle on future roof maintenance. Might even cut costs on AC in the summer since it will have that extra air pocket of insulation from Florida sunshine and heat.

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« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2017, 07:47:47 AM »
Another canvas and metal company:

https://creativeshelters.com/canopy-kits/carport

Also they have an ap for designing your own.

https://creativeshelters.com/designapp

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« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2017, 07:52:49 AM »
Thanks for the links Cynthia. Unfortunately my fifth wheel is much too tall to fit in most of those enclosures. It towers above my class A. Must be 13 feet tall and there is a canopy of the tree that will be above it. It would definitely cut down on the noise if I could fit it in but it would not save me money on air conditioning since the sun will not be shining on the roof. Fortunately I am in no hurry since the acorns won't be falling until fall time.
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« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2017, 08:03:38 AM »
The company builds to any height.  ;D
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« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2017, 08:53:33 AM »
Fortunately I am in no hurry since the acorns won't be falling until fall time.

Go away on a vacation.   ;D
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« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2017, 10:37:34 AM »
I was thinking that some of that matrix stuff they use under house siding might be something to consider....if you could figure a way to semi-permanently secure it to the roof.  It would let moisture through, and might be open enough so that leaf debris might self clear with wind or periodically blowing with a leaf blower....  Don't know if it's uv resistant though
or maybe some kind of playground pad/mat material might be a better direction to look.

Guessing you're not planning on being mobile, so these sorts of things could be the ticket....
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« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2017, 04:01:58 PM »
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« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2017, 04:03:17 PM »
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« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2017, 04:09:44 PM »
I moved on Saturday and I am spending my first day in the new fiver today. Only a few acorns hit the roof and it is a windy day. I jumped about a foot when the acorns hit and I would never get used to it. But I have six months to figure it out. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. ;D
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« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2017, 04:19:36 PM »
Maybe you need to find a giant hungry squirrel. 🌰
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« Reply #42 on: March 06, 2017, 04:21:24 PM »
Maybe you need to find a giant hungry squirrel. 🌰
But then I would have to train him to harvest acorns before they fall. I don't know how to do that. :(
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« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2017, 04:23:16 PM »
Ha ha, I don't think any training would be required  :D
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2017, 07:56:07 AM »
Gotta kind of feel for you Tom.  We put a new metal patio roof up and had shingles put on the top to squash the noise of heavy rain and light hail.  No close trees.  Am I correct in recalling that oak trees do not produce acorns every year?  I seem to remember years without that problem.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2017, 08:03:04 AM »
Every oak tree that has been in my yards produced every year. The amount produced may vary though.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2017, 08:16:46 AM »
Gotta kind of feel for you Tom.  We put a new metal patio roof up and had shingles put on the top to squash the noise of heavy rain and light hail.  No close trees.  Am I correct in recalling that oak trees do not produce acorns every year?  I seem to remember years without that problem.

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Don't know about the acorns but I used to love the sound of rain hitting the tin roof at the hunting camp, kinda lulls you into a deep sleep.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2017, 10:51:13 PM »
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2017, 07:51:43 AM »
I'm in southwest FL and jut had a woodpecker jackhammer my roof! Climbed up and chased him off, hope that's the last we see of him.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2017, 09:57:21 AM »
I'm in southwest FL and jut had a woodpecker jackhammer my roof! Climbed up and chased him off, hope that's the last we see of him.

You might have to put an owl scarecrow on the roof to keep him away.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2017, 10:18:53 AM »
You might have to put an owl scarecrow on the roof to keep him away.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2017, 01:04:27 PM »
Don't know about the acorns but I used to love the sound of rain hitting the tin roof at the hunting camp, kinda lulls you into a deep sleep.

Acorns are more like hail than raindrops. Much sharper report, and sounds like it's doing damage.


[edit] What got me upset one trip was after hearing the acorns fall at night, I was awakened early in the morning by squirrels scampering on the roof to collect them.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #52 on: March 08, 2017, 03:21:33 PM »
Acorns are more like hail than raindrops. Much sharper report, and sounds like it's doing damage.


[edit] What got me upset one trip was after hearing the acorns fall at night, I was awakened early in the morning by squirrels scampering on the roof to collect them.

I can agree on that, had a bad thunderstorm one night at the hunting camp and it hailed.....It sounded like the whole roof was going to let go :(
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #53 on: April 01, 2017, 11:44:20 PM »
I would also be worried about critters tucking acorns into other spots. 

I once had a Saturn and used to park under a tree that produced a lot of acorns.  This was at my mother's home on Lake Huron.  I used to drive up after work every Friday and drive home on Sunday night.  One day I took it in for some kind of mechanical repair.  After an hour, the mechanic came to find me in the dealer lounge and asked me, "Lady, do you know you have a lot of acorns in your engine?"  (Like I prefer to drive around that way!)  Turns out he had to remove a bucketful of acorns that a squirrel or chipmunk had tucked into every little spot he could find in the engine compartment. I imagine the critter was disappointed every Sunday evening to have his hoard drive away until the next weekend, but apparently he persevered. 
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2017, 04:43:36 AM »
Well I have been living under the acorn tree for a whole month and I have only heard one acorn so far, but fall is coming.
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #55 on: April 02, 2017, 09:24:20 AM »
Count your blessings! We've got three tall cone producing pine trees that have about a 50 foot free fall to the roof. We've about adjusted to giant crackers going off on the roof, but Toby is still traumatized every time one hits.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #56 on: August 28, 2017, 10:43:18 AM »
I just hope your cats don't freak out from the acorns hitting the roof.
My cats don't freak out over an acorn, but when a big log hit my roof one of my cats drew blood on me.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #57 on: August 28, 2017, 01:45:46 PM »
I had to smile when I read that thread Tom as I recall the acorn thread well. We had that problem with a new sunroom that had a metal roof directly under an oak tree.  We thought it was a war going on when those little missiles fell.  The dog and cat were traumatized.

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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #58 on: August 28, 2017, 01:58:56 PM »
I got a good smile too Bill, that is why I reposted it. So far in the first six months there has only been one acorn. :))
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #59 on: August 28, 2017, 02:02:12 PM »
I got a good smile too Bill, that is why I reposted it. So far in the first six months there has only been one acorn. :))

Fall is coming.  ;D
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Re: Acorns on the roof
« Reply #60 on: August 28, 2017, 02:06:53 PM »
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