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Old 12-26-2015, 10:53 AM   #15
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I didn't post my original question with enough information.

It snowed about 6" overnight much to my surprise. I had 2 slides out with their own canopy that goes out with them. That night it froze and became ice on the bottom with hard frozen snow on top. It was attached like glue to the fabric. It sagged down to the top of the slides and trying to bring the slides in wasn't an option. I never thought ahead but I'm sure someone else has had this happen. I spent 7 days at the truck stop I was parked in until it melted enough to bring in the slides so I could move. A trucker pulled his flatbed up next to me. He stood on it and swept it off with my broom on day 7. I want a solution if this ever happens again. I'm not physically able to use a ladder and go up and sweep it off myself or access the snow covered roof of my RV.

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Old 02-06-2016, 02:49 PM   #16
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Follow up:
Weather forecast for 29th Jan Breckenridge- Sunny and Beaut so let's depart that date.
Have always marveled at the accuracy of US weather forecasting over our Aussie guys.
Actual weather - about 4" overnight and still dumping at 8am
Chain laws in effect on I 70
So I'm on the roof with dustpan and broom bailing 6" of snow off each topper and bringing in the slide once done. Took about an hour as the aluminum "flexible" bits at the end wouldn't turn upwards, so that took extra time.
So I'm now disconnected and ready to depart.
Drive the car to Starbucks and wait for the chain restriction to be lifted.
11am I'm on my way to Colorado Springs.

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Old 02-06-2016, 07:12 PM   #17
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When I'm north of the Mason Dixon I put beach balls under the roof topper awning so at least the snow doesn't cause the awning to sag & its easier to clean the snow off.
I do need to use a step ladder to push the balls under the awning.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:02 PM   #18
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Is it possible that you can hire someone to go up on the ladder to do it for you?
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:05 AM   #19
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I made the mistake of putting the slide in with snow and ice on it. I ended up tearing the fabric of the slide topper but even worse was the slide going in crooked and breaking the cable on the slide lock. If I am ever in the situation where it starts snowing or even the hint of snow I will put my slides in. What a pain in the butt it was to try and clear them enough to get the slides in. Never again.
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Interesting problems! We had a taste of the same type of thing happen last year at a KOA stop-over in El Paso in January where the temps dropped to +9 degs above zero at night! I never thought of checking the slides though before setting sail for Abilene, but later that morning while underway, DW points out that there was some water dripping down the L/F slide wall behind the driver's seat where some ice had melted (apparently it was ice) and ran off in a "drip line" on the carpeting. I suppose if I had been smarter, I could have sprayed some of the silicon windshield polishing product on the walls of the slides to discourage the ice build-up. Couldn't the same technique discourage snow and ice from building up in the first place on our slide toppers?? Just a thought.

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