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Old 10-11-2007, 08:12 PM   #1
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Question Cleaning and climbing on an Airstream!!??

I've gathered my cleaning supplies and ready to attack washing the exterior of my recently purchased airstream this weekend. I've got my long brush, rags, buckets, soaps, degreasers, etc. I also have a ladder and of course want to be careful about it's placement, not wanting to dent the skin etc. I want to reach ALL the areas of the top of trailer, even opening the air conditioning unit, etc.
My question is quite simple....and probably silly to those of you with lots of experience.
Can I climb on top with risking denting the roof?
What precautions should I take so I don't damage what is a really fine 65 Overlander!
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:05 PM   #2
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I use a long brush and an A frame ladder. I would be comfortable walking on the joints of the roof but #1) I don't have too and #2) I'm not comfortable making the step to the roof
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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With a long brush and a short ladder, I find no reason to get on top. All of the "experts" here say that you can get on top as long as you stay on the rivet lines. You can place/lean your ladder against the drip rails over the windows on older units without damage.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:56 PM   #4
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Iv'e raplaced the long handled brush with a long handled micro-fiber

wash mitt with good results, also Simple Green is a good safe choice for

most stubborn stains. The micro-fiber towels are great for polishing and

drying too.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:53 AM   #5
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Cleaning and climbing on an Airstream!!??

It's ok to get on top of Your Airstream as long as you are aware of the ribs/bows in the ceiling. They are located where you see rivets on top of the coach. That's the strongest point. Have someone on the ground to keep an eye on you until you get the hang of it. Getting on top gives you a different vantage point on what's up there and you may find where a seam needs to be sealed etc.....that You can't see from the ground.

Just take your time and be aware of what You are doing. Also....never, never access the top of Your coach from the end caps. They are much more fragile than the center of the coach.

Getting up on top is a great way to know Your coach better.

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Old 10-12-2007, 06:57 AM   #6
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To get on top I use a piece of carpeted plywood to spread the load.
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I use a long brush and an A frame ladder. I would be comfortable walking on the joints of the roof but #1) I don't have too and #2) I'm not comfortable making the step to the roof
Thanks HiHo and the rest who answered. I'll keep these tips in mind as I begin to discover the "topside" of my trailer... who knows what I'll find up there!
I'll keep you posted.

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