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Old 09-29-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Washing the top of an Airstream

Hi gang,

I am back with another question. I am going to wash my AS, but I am concerned about access to the top of the trailer. One, it would not be very easy and two, I do not know how much the roof(?) can carry.

I was going to use a pole with a brush on the end to clean the top, but not too sure about how to dry the Plexiglas on top. Anybody got any ideas???

Thanks in advance for your help,

Stan
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:31 PM   #2
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A lot depends on where you wash your trailer. In my case, I usually do it at home so it is easy: a folding step ladder with wide steps, an adjustable length pole brush with very soft bristles, bucket of soapy water, and a hose. On the road, I stand on my truck's tail gate rather than the folding step ladder. My pole has exchangeable tips; you can use the soft mitt attachment to dry the plastic skylight(s) but I don't bother. Being 6'4" has its advantages.

Similar to my ladder:
http://www.dockladderdepot.com/dock-...56_general.jpg

The pole brush:http://www.amazon.com/Carrand-93210-.../dp/B001DKM3SI
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Hi gang,

I am back with another question. I am going to wash my AS, but I am concerned about access to the top of the trailer. One, it would not be very easy and two, I do not know how much the roof(?) can carry.

I was going to use a pole with a brush on the end to clean the top, but not too sure about how to dry the Plexiglas on top. Anybody got any ideas???

Thanks in advance for your help,

Stan
Stan,

I used a Boars hair brush on the AS....once.

A Mop on a Stick was a much better choice.

Griot's Microfiber is the best I've found. Perfect for drying.

Bob
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the ideas. I am going to use a brush on a pole for cleaning and a microfiber on a stick for drying the Plexiglas on top. Now I am just waiting for the mud drizzles to stop.

Thanks again,

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Old 09-30-2015, 07:59 PM   #5
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Be advised. The skylights are not plexiglass. They are a heavy plastic cemented to an aluminum curb with butyl tape. (Which is why many of us have replaced them with Maxim Skylights.) It really is safe to walk on the roof but NOT the endcaps. I have a LOT of add ons up there (6 solar panels, several antennas and a sat. dish)....and that makes it even tougher to clean. BUT, it really is important to get the dirt and junk off the roof. If you have solar panels, any dirt up there does decrease their efficiency.
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:59 PM   #6
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Look for an RV sized car wash. I've only found ONE in Virginia Beach, but it looks tall enough for a big truck chassis moho. Most importantly there are 5 foot high platforms on each side of the booth and concrete steps up to them. From that height, I look down on the Airstream's roof.

The local one is called "the buggy bath" I think.

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Truck washes have those old fashioned airplane stairs to get to the roof. $25 once or twice a year is $$ well spent.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:55 AM   #8
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I wash my roof at the shop/warehouse. We have a rolling ladder. I wash as far as I can reach with a telescoping brush, come down, move the ladder, go back up and clean as much as I can, and so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-
I am too scared to actually get on the roof of the trailer.
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:48 PM   #9
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Washing with the Grain

Speaking of washing - Conventional advise is to wash "with the grain". I must be a total dunderhead, but I don't see a grain ( like I see in wood) on my new airstream. Does it run North/South Or East/West?
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:25 PM   #11
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Washing the roof on my 19' Bambi

I just washed mine last weekend. I used a 9' step ladder on the awning side. With a spotter I climbed onto the roof, I weigh 205 lbs. You need to locate the line of rivets that run east west, those are where the supports are. Before you move be sure your weight is on the support seams. Wear rubber soled shoes.

I used a solution with Simple Green and water and a car washing mitt. The black grime was pretty tough and would have been hard to remove without some elbow grease. I was able to wash the air conditioning cover, remove it and service the air conditioner while I was on the roof.
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Go to a truck wash on many interstates. DAH
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My experience at a "truck wash" was all that great. I'm talking about where they wash the vehicle, and after they finished you could see where the brushes they used had scratched the coating
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:07 PM   #14
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Well, I washed the roof and the rest of the trailer. All your input helped considerably. I did learn a couple of things I thought I might pass a long. First, it is definitely better to wash the roof east-west rather than north-south. Secondly, I will never use a pole brush that has a hose coming out the back of it. There are just too many things that can go wrong with it. I will just stick with a brush on the end of a pole. There were some good ideas on what to use in your comments.

I am now walbanizing (sp) it. It seems like good stuff, but I don't know too much about it.

Thanks again for all of your help. It was invaluable.

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