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Posted: 04/27/21 07:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have solar panels on the roof of my trailer which is 13ft 5in tall.My wife does not want me on the roof anymore. How can I keep the panels clean because it gets dirty quite quickly?

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Posted: 04/27/21 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does it rain much where you live? The rain should take care of it.

If not, so you have a truck wash near you?


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That's a tough one. Get your wife to do it (LOL!), or find some kid. I've found rain is what makes them dirty.

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Maybe use a stepladder (or even scaffolding) and a car wash brush with a long handle, something like this (just an example of the general kind of product)?

I have a brush somewhat like that for general washing of my RV. It sure is a lot easier than a sponge or rag in the hand and a ladder for washing the sidewalls!





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Posted: 04/27/21 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of these and a step ladder.

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I'd also like a home solution and step ladders are not it. My son who is a fire fighter knows a lot about safety is more than willing but doesn't live close. I know of one DIY wash that has a set of steel stairs on one side to gain elevation.

A truck wash that cleans the roof is a option. I would not hire a kid period, safety, libiality, etc.


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Hire a neighbor kid. $20 is all it takes. That's my plan when I decide not to climb on my house roof any longer. Before I mover to NoCal, I would tell my grandson to jump up on the roof and clean my panels.

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CA Traveler wrote:

I'd also like a home solution and step ladders are not it. My son who is a fire fighter knows a lot about safety is more than willing but doesn't live close. I know of one DIY wash that has a set of steel stairs on one side to gain elevation.

A truck wash that cleans the roof is a option. I would not hire a kid period, safety, libiality, etc.


Wow. are you serious? Seems to me that any high school kid is capable of climbing a 12foot ladder with a long handled brush.
Stand there and supervise. Spot for him if you feel it is needed.
I don't know where all you law suit frightened folks live, but I find being sued just about below the bottom of my list of fears.
People in my area are more than happy to help a neighbor, and in fact the guy three houses down will send his kids to help me with chores.

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My standard course of action is to pick up a package of bakery cookies, or a pie, or brownies, or whatever, then look for an appropriate neighbor in the campground near me (athletic-looking 20-40 year old), introduce myself, give them the treats, and ask them to do a favor for me. It always works.

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Seattle Steve wrote:

give them the treats, and ask them to do a favor for me. It always works.
Good plan. Money works too.

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