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dryfly

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Posted: 12/10/19 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've recently downsized to a one slideout 5th wheel. When camping I've always used a ladder to clean off the leaves and small branches before retracting the slides. I usually just climb up on the ladder and use the hose to wash everything off.

After a couple of falls from ladders, I'm looking for a creative way to eliminate the ladder and do everything from the ground. I do not want an awning on the slide for several reasons.

I figure there must be some way to effectively sweep all the stuff off the slideout and would appreciate any creative ideas.

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Leaf blower with a gutter cleaning attachment.


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beemerphile1 wrote:

Leaf blower with a gutter cleaning attachment.

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I'm curious as to your dislike of slide toppers? I would no longer have a slide without one. Takes care of leaves and snow and makes leaks less likely.

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Can you walk on your roof. I just climb up the rear RV ladder with a rubberized broom and sweep off the slides before I bring them in. If they have dew or water on them, squeegee them off. If you can not walk on your roof, the only other option would be a tall collapsible "A" frame ladder.

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I'm fanatical about sweeping down the slides before retracting them. On my previous camper, I carried a 7 foot step ladder that was high enough to reach the tops of the slides. But it was always a challenge at different campgrounds and campsites to get the ladder steady enough to comfortably climb up to reach the top. I used a long retractable painters wand with the soft RV brush on the end and simply slid it back and forth over the slides to remove all the debries. However, I never did like the feel of the ladder.

Fast forward, our current 5er has a ladder attached and has 4 slides. Now, is no challenge at all to climb on top of the trailer and sweep down the slides. I quit carrying the 7 foot step ladder as I don't need it any more. The attached ladder is so much more safe, and I don't mind getting on top of the trailer at all any more. Besides, every time I go up, I give the roof a quick inspection and check things out. It's just become a habit now.

There's no easy way to clean them off.

About slide toppers. I'm in the neighborhood also, I don't want slide toppers. We use the camper at home all the time and slides are out. We live in the country with fields on both sides of the house. There is nothing to break the wind, and were we live, the wind is very strong 50% of the time. Very seldom can we put the awning out at home, the wind would rip it off. Slide toppers would flop around too much, and probably end up ripping off too. I'd rather deal with climbing on the roof.

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Clicky- hose attachment

I have one of these for cleaning gutters at home and if I didn't have awnings on my MH slideouts it would be a traveling tool.


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I'd sure like to know the reasons for no topper. I might want to take mine off!


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Please see my OP. I know slide toppers and ladders (both free standing and attached to trailer) are effective. If you have them and like them I'm happy for you. I am looking for ALTERNATIVE ways to clean top of slide.

I appreciate the suggestions of leaf blowers and using a long water extension tube. I've thought of both of them and feel they would work. I've even considered some type of a broom with an extension and a 180 degree bend that could sweep off the slide top.

Any other ideas appreciated. thanks.

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