Roof cleaning, bear with me!

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  1. injebreck99

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    I noticed today that the M/H( Bolero 600), roof is becoming dirty again, despite having it cleaned at the beginning of the year, cannot go up there myself, (ladders, falling off etc), so I was wondering if anybody had tried to clean as much as possible from standing on steps inside the van, (allowed by O/H), out of the Heiki, using a longish brush, feasible, anybody tried it.........??
     
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    Hi
    Not done the roof but I have done a solar panel that way, When I had no ladder in Spain after a sand storm, I cant see why you can't do the roof other than getting the brush in a bucket up there it would be a bit of a contortion trick, but I think it could be done. Pete :thumb:
     
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    Steps, bucket of water, long handled brush inside the motorhome hanging out of a Heki roof light sounds more dangerous than climbing on from the outside to me :Eeek:
     
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    I've done part of the roof using this means, but could only reach out so far, just over an arms length. Had a set of aluminium steps to stand on.

    Wasn't too bad as I could also reach from the sides on a tall pair of steps.

    The area I found difficult was towards the front as the raised roof light stopped me working in that direction.

    I found it easier to take a garden hose with an on/off nozzle up through the opening and then turning it on and off as I required it. Extending arm brush was easy to get up through the opening.
     
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    16 yr old local lad 20 notes to go on top clean and polish i can do sides he also help clean garden when i /we are away,[find a friend,co]:thumb:
     
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    I have stood on the roof to do mine in the past, now I lean a ladder on mh with padding to prevent damage normally a pillow and conect a long extendable brush to a hose and I can do the whole roof in no time.

    Whatever you do don't park next to your garage and stand on garage roof :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Wouldn't be any good to me with a platform dimension of 50mm x 125mm (2" x 5"):Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I use a sturdy set of aluminium steps with a flat platform on top, and a very light-weight long-reach brush. Steps similar to these:

    http://www.extensionladdersonline.c...step-ladders?gclid=CMyP1NW3yboCFVMbtAodRBsAEg

    Put the steps next to the van and just dip the brush in a bucket - work around until whole roof has been cleaned, moving steps as necessary.

    Then take hose up the steps to rinse it - easy. :thumb:

    Mike
     
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    Cleaning the roof

    You could tip the van on its side? Or if you want to entertain the neighbours and get some exercise into the bargain, use a trampoline. Could take a while though.:Rofl1:
     
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    somehow i think there is a measurement error in the listing :Rofl1:

    4ft x 2ft is a bit more realistic, or get a larger 4ft x 4ft or 6ft x 4 ft. both on ebay for about £250 delivered :thumb:

    the concept is the same though with a solid platform to stand and work on....much safer

    just thought, I remember seeing an orange platform setup at B&Q castlepoint for under £100. may be helpful as its local and you can see it before buying
     
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    as Chief Martin Brodey said in the film jaws...."I think we've gonna need a bigger boat".

    with a platform height of just 98cm it may just bring your eyes level with the roof. :Doh: :Laughing:
     
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    I can think of 2 options

    1) Park under a low bridge and clean from above

    2) Adopt method in the picture
     

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    We used to do the same as above, namely leaning a ladder with some padding on it up against the side of the MH and use a long handled wash brush, very easy and safe to do so long as you don't try to over-reach. Whilst platforms are okay it is all too easy to forget where they end and step off with disasterous consequences (no ... I haven't done that but I know someone who has!!!). We have been known to park ours next to the flat roof part of the bungalow which our drives runs next to and use the long handled wash brush to do one half, then turn the MH round and do the other side but it's too much pratting around!
     
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    Forgot to say, I think you'll have the RSPCA after you soon, though, it just isn't fair to have a 'bear' with you whilst you do the cleaning!! :Rofl1:
     
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    Why bother anyway, nobody is going to see up there. Its a bit like polishing the inside of your wheely bin :Wink:
     
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    Send the wife up the ladder to do it while you're down the pub :RollEyes:
     
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    Because it's also a good way to check on the condition of your roof and the seals for vents and other fixtures, seams etc. When we had a Rapido 709F I was up on the roof at one point and noticed a 1 inch cut in the sealant which covered the join between the front low profile cowl and the roof ... if I hadn't seen it the first I would have known was when I got a damp patch inside! By regularly cleaning it you can see what's going on up there ... :thumb:
     
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    As I have to get on all fours and scrub like mad with a strong cleaner, I do not think any sort of long handled brush will afford me enough down force to get the job done

    If you are not happy to DIY then the 16 year old ( noooo. not a 16 yesr old on a long stik ! ) and a £20 note may be your only realistic option
     
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    Don't be a big softy send the wife up to do it
     
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