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Old 05-02-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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waxing the front cap

After washing the mh I want to wax the front cap but I Can only reach the sides and not the middle. I have a 16 ft ext ladder but I am not sure if the cap will support the weight I am 220lbs

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Old 05-03-2015, 06:42 AM   #2
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I waxed my RV's front cap yesterday. I did as you said, used a ladder to reach the front. No easy way unless you have access to a scaffold setup.


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I use my RV window squeegee bought at CW to get the love bugs off of mine. Extends to 5 feet and that and my 6 feet makes it happen.
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I laid on the roof on my stomach to reach what I couldnt from underneath
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:38 PM   #5
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Try one of their pads on an extendable pole. Use the product on the leading edges of the plane and it works well!!

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Old 06-24-2015, 11:38 PM   #6
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I wrapped a cloth around an extension wand skweegee and pinned. I then sprayed it with the spray wax and rubbed and reposted as necessary to the cap.

On our trips I coat the cap and mirrors and other surfaces with baby oil to make it easier to clean off the bugs.

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Old 06-27-2015, 09:48 AM   #7
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I am not advocating this method and I have done this twice. Working from ground level is best. I needed to change my clearance bulbs so I did this. I taped thick foam to my ladder legs and eased it up, placing the foam covered legs on the curved top section, keeping the ladder as shallow an angle as possible. Every step up, I stopped to to look for any defection. I saw none, completed my work and got down. Ah, I weigh 245lbs. Not sure I would do it again but I did get away with it twice.

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Old 06-27-2015, 10:26 AM   #8
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I'm no rocket scientist but I do believe that the front cap takes quite a force from the wind pressure going down the road a @ 60mph.

So, with a ladder , properly padded, I use pool noodles cut and tapped on, your "full weight" is not resting on the cap.
Only a portion of your weight will be putting some pressure onto the cap.

Ideally .... the broader you can make the padded area that will be resting against the rv...all the better.

If you don't believe me do this little test ....Use caution and only at your own discretion see how much pressure from your weight is put on a wall (or cap) ...lean the ladder against a wall, go up the average distance you would if on your rv cap, holding the ladder rung in front of you with one hand -- now push out slowly from the wall with the other hand...lifting the ladder "slightly" off the wall...notice that it really did not take a whole lot and certainly not your whole body weight.

IMHO... "most convex caps" should be able to support a reasonable amount of weight.

However, I have met some RVer's that think the front caps are paper thin and choose to treat them like a flower petal .

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