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Old 11-02-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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cleaning slide out awning covers

Thanks to hurricane Sandy, my coach is covered with leaves and pine needles. I got up on a ladder and inspected the covers where the slide out canvas covers retract. They are packed with debris. How do you clean these? I could get my fingers down in maybe half of the length but not anywhere near the ends. Could squeeze a paint brush down in, but could not remove the debris. Maybe a high pressure hose, water or air, but I don't want to damage the rollers or mechanism. Do the covers come off to clean? What happens if the slide outs are extended and then retracted with all this crap in the roller?
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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If they are the carefree metal covers they should and have screw at the ends on the outside
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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My MH is surounded by huge white pines and monster oak trees. In the fall, especially during high winds, it becomes a mess very fast. I use a gas leaf blower which does an easy and excellent job.

It's not clear to me if the slide was in or out during the storm and what position it's in now.

If it was in and still is, with a ladder and blower, just blow away everything you can see from the outside and ends. You may have to get on the roof to get the top channel. Put the slide out to check the roof.

If the slide was out or is out now, you'll want to blow everything off the top of the slide, if you have a topper, you will of course have to do this from both sides. If the debris is still wet or damp, it will be much easier to wait until all is fully dry first.
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