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Old 09-10-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Washing roof

Is it safe to walk on the roof of my 37' coach to clean it?
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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Is it safe to walk on the roof of my 37' coach to clean it?
A lot of IFs surround that question.

IF your coach is cheap and old, and hasn't had roof R&M, then Yes, it isn't safe until you gently move across it and let your knees (you ARE crawling instead of skipping, yes?) tell you if there are any spongy spots.

IF you weigh 300 pounds, then the ladder isn't rated for your heft.

IF you can't get up on the roof (I use a 10' step ladder, weigh 210, but chicken of those MH ladders) then have somebody do it for you. Don't gamble your ego.

My MH is 8 years old and I've walked on it a number of times to either clean it or to remove the A/C covers in order to paint them bright white. Never had a soft spot, so will continue to do it.
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Scares the heck out of my wife. I have a fiberglass roof and wash it often. I work in bare feet and stay in the middle of the roof. I use my washing brush on the intended extension pole. I take a bucket up empty and fill with soap and water when I am up on the roof. I keep the garden hose hooked on the antenna frame to keep it up with me as I work. So far so good.shines like a new penny when done. Of course if you weigh 400 lbs. I would not recommend it.
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Washing roof - wear an old pair of cotton socks for improved traction and try not to use soap.
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I am up on the roof of my Bounder often. You can certainly stand up there and wash it as needed.
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I have found that the roof does not get very dirty. Just bird droppings and a long-term build-up.

I check it every 6 months.

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Hi Patfredn,
bamaboy473 posted good guidance. If there is a ladder on the coach be very careful if using it. Anything over 180-200 lbs might be a bit much for the ladder. The first time focus on soft spots. If the roof feels okay, one can clean the roof with Simple Green a sponge and rags. For me it is a job done on the hands and knees.
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I am over 300 pounds.. The ladder .. was not up to the job and has been removed. The new ladder is a combo (Step/Extension) from sears, hangs on a couple of "J" hooks that repalced the old ladder and a shower "Assist Bar" from Lowes (at the bottom) to keep it from banging up my fiberglass, A bicycle lock holds it to the shower bar.

I walk all over my roof.. Mop (Well van-wash brush) , Bucket, Hose, Spic & Span.

Sweep off loose stuff (Brush or broom) put spic and span in bucket, then add water then brush (Starting as far from where I put the ladder as possible) work over a good size section hose it down to rinse.

Move closer to the lader and work down another section.

And another

Finally finish from a position on the ladder

Retrurn to earth

Wash the sides.

Wax the sides

Hang ladder back up

(At the Return to ground spot I switch from EXTENSION to STEP on the ladder)
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I'm on my roof often...but usually not to wash it.
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Scares the heck out of my wife. I have a fiberglass roof and wash it often. I work in bare feet and stay in the middle of the roof. I use my washing brush on the intended extension pole. I take a bucket up empty and fill with soap and water when I am up on the roof. I keep the garden hose hooked on the antenna frame to keep it up with me as I work. So far so good.shines like a new penny when done. Of course if you weigh 400 lbs. I would not recommend it.

Nice shine - what wax or chemical do you use to get that shine?
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Wash my roof twice a year. I found the best thing for mine is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop, and dish washing liquid. The first time I used the Mr. Clean I was stunned by how much whiter it was.
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Wash my roof twice a year. I found the best thing for mine is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop, and dish washing liquid. The first time I used the Mr. Clean I was stunned by how much whiter it was.

X2 on the Mr Clean. I follow up with 2 coats of Mop & Glow.


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