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Posted: 04/28/21 10:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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.


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.
Who do you think is responsible if a minor gets hurt working on your RV? If something should occur what do you thing some parents would consider? Sure, they can climb a ladder but they generally have no safety training or related concerns which generally comes with age and wisdom. And falls vs other injuries can be much more serious.

I have no problem with car washing and many other chores.


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Posted: 04/30/21 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When traveling you can pull into a truck diesel pump station. Many times they have little, err, big step platforms, about 4 steps high or 3 feet, that you easily walk up and gain height to reach the top. They also have squeegies on long sticks so you can reach all the way across your roof.
Not all truck stops, but some.
Keep in mind you will be getting in the way of commercial truckers, so look for low traffic times.
Sometimes the regular gas stations will have diesel pumps around back and have these long sticks too, but not always steps.

ANother solution is those telescoping ladders if you are allowed on a ladder. You can reach the roof without getting on the roof. A long squeegie stick will be needed if panels are further center.
Rain will get some, but always leaves a dirty film.
When you are up there wipe on some "Rain-X" or other similar windshield treatment to prolong the ability for rain to clean it, keeps stuff from sticking to the glass...

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Posted: 05/01/21 11:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look into a RV wash guy that would come to the RV park or even to your home and just do the roof for you every so often. If the cost is too high for a complete RV wash perhaps they'll just do the roof for you and then you do the wash but you'll have dirt running down the sides if you don't tackle the sides as soon as he leaves.

The panels do need cleaning every so often. Rain doesn't do it.

I think being on a ladder or any other platform/device and trying to reach the panels would be more dangerous than just getting up there. If your panels can be reached just by climbing your RV ladder and walking down the center of the RV it's safe as long as you don't have to walk along the edge.

At some point one needs to get on the roof to check all the caulking and roof surface to maintain your RV in good condition.

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Posted: 05/04/21 05:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rain seems to help mine a lot, I don't do ladders or roof!


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