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Old 08-24-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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I don't always have a tall enough ladder that allows me to reach the top of the windshield and hang on to the ladder with my free hand. I don't like steadying myself with the windshield wiper arm or mirror arm.
So I bought a suction cup from Harbor Freight for $3 and found it works great! I attach it to a section that I am not cleaning and hold on to get that feeling of steadiness! It works great for me. It also attaches to the side walls as well.
I am still careful not to over reach and can easily move the suction cup with one hand.
Hope someone finds this useful.

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Looks like a great idea Kevin! How does it release?
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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Looks like a great idea Kevin! How does it release?
In the pictures shown, the right side handle is the lever that applies the suction or releases the suction. You just pull it up (as shown) to attach or push it down to detach.

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Old 08-24-2016, 02:49 PM   #4
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I never leave the ground to clean my windows. Long handle brush and squeegee works great and a lot safer.

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Old 08-24-2016, 04:11 PM   #5
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I don't always have a tall enough ladder that allows me to reach the top of the windshield and hang on to the ladder with my free hand. I don't like steadying myself with the windshield wiper arm or mirror arm.
So I bought a suction cup from Harbor Freight for $3 and found it works great! I attach it to a section that I am not cleaning and hold on to get that feeling of steadiness! It works great for me. It also attaches to the side walls as well.
I am still careful not to over reach and can easily move the suction cup with one hand.
Hope someone finds this useful.

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That's a great idea.
I'm getting one. Maybe a couple in case I want to climb Trump Tower. lol
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Personally, I'd be leery about using such a device on the windshield. Seems like I recall seeing a few posts about folks having issues with seals around the windshield and keeping the windshield secure. I would think that anything that could apply any sort of directional force to the windshield could have unanticipated results. On the body of the coach ... certainly! But on the windshield itself ... I think I'd avoid it.
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Personally, I'd be leery about using such a device on the windshield. Seems like I recall seeing a few posts about folks having issues with seals around the windshield and keeping the windshield secure. I would think that anything that could apply any sort of directional force to the windshield could have unanticipated results. On the body of the coach ... certainly! But on the windshield itself ... I think I'd avoid it.
Are you saying one could shift the windshield using this device? IMHO, I don't think that could happen.
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I never leave the ground to clean my windows. Long handle brush and squeegee works great and a lot safer.

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Yes, I use a long handle brush and squeegee as well when on the road, but when I want the whole curved and round corner windshield to be clean and shiny, I clean it by hand. As far as safe, I feel safer using this device than I did without it.
I guess I'm just a chance taking rebel! I will have to add "cleaning windows from a ladder" to my list of dangerous things I've survived in my life so far, such as -
Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane
Dove to the bottom of the sea with a limited air supply
Eat raw fish
Eat uncooked cookie dough
Roller skated
Skateboarded
Snow skied
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Crossed rapidly flowing rivers and streams
Served aboard a nuclear powered and armed submarine
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Jumped off of waterfalls
Dove off of cliffs
Drank water out of the hose
Survived a heart attack
Ingested some substances that were illegal
Layed in the sun too long
Survived playing with fireworks that go boom

And I'm sure a lot of other things ive forgotten about.
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Wow, great idea! I actually have one of those HF suction cups that I've never actually used for anything (purchased just cuz it was kinda cool!). I just purchased my first Class A after 26 years driving a Class C, and my first foray into cleaning the windshield was a hair-raising experience on the ladder. Now I know how to "tame" the situation! Thanks again!
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I have never paid any attention to how my DW cleans the windshield. (-:
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Personally, I'd be leery about using such a device on the windshield. Seems like I recall seeing a few posts about folks having issues with seals around the windshield and keeping the windshield secure. I would think that anything that could apply any sort of directional force to the windshield could have unanticipated results. On the body of the coach ... certainly! But on the windshield itself ... I think I'd avoid it.
Well, I'm certainly not using it to climb the windshield, just to provide a little stabilization. I'm sure I put more force on the windshield when cleaning it from the inside.
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Great idea... Thanks for sharing.

Wow! You ate raw cookie dough!
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That's a great idea! I always feel like I'm pulling the wipers off.
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You can also get double suction cups with a bigger handle at Lowes or Home Depot in the bathroom section.

I've used them in the past to get on the outside of some very large boats for detailing.
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