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Old 05-17-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Newbie question - how do you get up on roof to clean your AS?

Hi there -

We just bought an 08 Safari 23FB and want to wash/wax it in the next few weeks.

I've read the instructions on how to wash/wax but I am wondering how y'all usually get to the roof to wash/wax it?

Do you use tall aluminum ladders and actually get up on the roof to clean that area and wipe it down - just pad under the ladder to avoid scratches or do you just use a cloth/broom type handle to wash and wipe down those areas and stay off the roof?

Can the roof support a person without buckling/getting dents?


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Old 05-17-2010, 04:35 PM   #2
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I use an aluminum ladder with towels wrapped around the part that would contact the trailer. If the trailer has an awning or two, I place the ladder against the metal slats that cover the awning.
A soft bristled brush will work on the roof as well as the sides. The roof will support people on it, just keep to the lines of rivets (that's where the support is), and keep off the ends.

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Old 05-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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Yes the roof can support your weight but there are some important considerations.

Wear flat, soft sole shoes and stay on the rivet lines. Never walk on, or try to access the roof from the end caps.

We don't actually get on the roof to wash it, we use a long handled mop. We do access the roof to re-seal any seams, penetrations, and visually inspect the plastic parts twice a year. I use a large step ladder and I know of others who use a straight ladder resting on pads or a board that spans the rib lines.



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I put a ladder against the awning(s) to reach the top with a long handled brush. I do get on top for maintenance work, but I wear soft soled boat shoes and stay as close to the rivet lines as possible. NO ENDCAPS. FWIW I am no lightweight at 215#.

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Old 06-25-2010, 11:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for asking, I just bought my first a/s a month ago and was wondering the same thing.
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