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Old 05-30-2018, 09:17 AM   #1
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Standing on Generator Washing Windows

I always pull out my ladder and to get stable as possible on uneven ground to wash windows. I see others pull out the generator from the front of the RV and stand on it to wash windows. Is standing on the generator going to cause any problems with the slide mechanism?

I know I can get a long pole to wash windows but I can do a better job getting bugs off use a bug sponge. Here is the one that works great for me. I soak it some water and even the hardest caked on bugs come right off. I have used it for years and even on street rods and never scratched the windows or paint

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Old 05-30-2018, 09:26 AM   #2
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Since I don't know how much weight the slide is designed to hold, I would not risk standing on the generator.
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I do it all the time, FW & Dealers tout it as an added convenience. I can see no issues with an average weight (or slightly above) male or female.
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:48 AM   #4
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I think that different manufacturers would use different genny slide-out mechanisms. For some the extra weight would not be a problem, for others it might.

Personally I would not do it.

I carry a 4' stepladder that takes care of that problem!
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:55 AM   #5
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My generatir weighs almost 800#'s, I'm not sure adding my 180#'s to that would make any difference, but I'm not going to try it. I have both a 7' folding ladder and a 15' extension ladder that I carry as well as a folding step stool.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:19 PM   #6
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Have done it. But the step off,is big. Could make for an er trip as,much as worried about gen support rollers ( which are,pretty significant)
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I've seen people doing it before, but as for me I'm not willing to take the chance. I'm sure the genny rails are strong but I don't need any more problems.
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Getting the bugs off of the center half of the windshield while standing on the generator does not get to the outer parts of the windshield so a ladder would still be required. I see lots of risk for limited reward.
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I don't use it. More risk than reward. With the bracing I would have to use a ladder to get on and off safely.
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I do it all the time. I added a couple extra rails about 60" long to walk on so I can wash from one side to the other and a mid step to make it easy to climb up and down. I don't actually stand on the generator, just on the rails attached to the framework. If my 200 lbs.? would break the framework down just standing on it to wash windows, I had better be ready for the whole thing to drop out some day traveling down the highway when I hit a few bumps.
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I have never stood on the genny while extended and don't intend to. I use a gas station window scrubber/squeegee on a telescopic pole & a bucket to get the heavy stuff. Then I get on my telescopic ladder & clean/polish with a micro fiber rag & window cleaner. Sounds like a lot as I type it but it is less than ten minutes.
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We read above different opinions about standing on the generator to wash the windshield. My Fleetwood framework is very robust and my additional 200lbs. is rather insignificant. That's why I went ahead and added the extra rails to stand on.

Yesterday we were at a friends house looking at his 2017 Tiffin Phaeton he was complaining about not having an air horn, so we pulled the generator out to see where one could be added. Now I understand why some of the forum members say they won't stand on the generator. His generator was supported by the same type ball bearing roller slides that is used on kitchen drawers, but much larger. The slides were a rather flimsy arrangement for the weight carried by the slides, 4 of them, and easily allows the generator to twist to the right and left as you push down on the ends of the front cover.

So I respect the opinions of various coach owners as to the build quality of different aspects of their coaches. Not all manufacturers do things the same and some generators should not be stood on..
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