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Posted: 12/28/11 08:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also back the truck up to it and use a small step ladder to hit the top section...Joe


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I use a 3 inch wide by 12 inch long brush screwed onto a 6 foot pole. I fill a 5 gallon pail full of hot water and dip the brush into it. I spread a Line of Palmolive dishwash soap on the brush and go to work.
To get the top half I have a platform ladder with a 40 inch high step.
There are more thorough ways to do this but I prefer the easy way and I find that I wash my rig very frequently because it is easy.

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Posted: 12/28/11 09:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another truck backer-upper.

I use a 6" X 3" soft brush on a painter extendable pole....wet some dryer sheets and wipe away the bugs.
Then bucket of hot soapy water and scrub it down.
Rinse with sprayer on hose...Shammy dry then hand wax

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Posted: 12/29/11 05:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is how I clean,
therink wrote:

I use a 10' stepladder. I got it for the purpose of cleaning the fiver.
Steve

And this is how I wax.
4*phun*2 wrote:

Two step ladders and a 2 x 12 between them. Makes a nice platform to work from and you don't need to be up and down all the time.

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Posted: 12/29/11 05:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am going to get a 10ft step ladder to do mine. I lowered the front of the trailer as far down as I could this fall, before storing it for the winter. I found it was still a bit too high to get at the top part of the cap. My driveway slants down at the street end of it so backing my truck up to it and using my present step ladder wouldn't be safe. Besides I need the longer step ladder to wash and wax the sides properly. I bought a couple of boxes of "Roadwrap" from Camping World and will try it on the trailer for our 3 month trip out west next summer. I saw it on a 5er that went from Arizona to Alaska and back to Michigan a few summers ago and it had 4 million and 2 bugs on it but the front of the trailer would have remained clean when the traveler got home. We'll see how well it works next summer. Might save some arm power is the cleaning of the 5er.


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practice logistics management and assign task to DW!

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Ditto what "4-phun-2 said. I put 2 2x12's together and makes a great platform to work from. I just need more width cause i ani't as steady as i use to be. Sometimes use a 3' step-ladder on top of it. I clean the front cap with liquid bar-keeprs friend and then a coat of mequiars and i'm good for a year.

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Two step ladders and a 2 x 12 between them. Makes a nice platform to work from and you don't need to be up and down all the time.


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Posted: 12/28/11 09:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just FYI......I use long white socks on the top ends of the ladder to avoid making direct contact of the ladder to the front cap.


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I get by with a 8' step ladder - I'm tall which also helps.

I'm liking the 2 x 12 idea......


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