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Old 09-22-2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Uncomfortable on the roof

A few decades ago, I was climbing 35 foot poles as a telephone lineman...but now I don't feel comfortable getting on the roof on my RV for cleaning and maintenance.

I do have some knee pads which I've used for laying hardwood floors or roofing, but I'm not standing up

Just wondering what others may do, it gets slick up there.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:04 PM   #2
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I'm a retired lineman also. Mine is climbing the ladder, walking on the roof is no different then walking the cables pole to pole. Just don't go up there with dew on the roof. I wait till around noon!
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:13 PM   #3
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What do you do if wetting it down cleaning and sealing?
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I wear boat shoes or soft soled sneakers. Both are reasonably slip resistant. And I move slow and deliberately. Pay attention to where I'm standing.
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I'm a retired 70-year-old City Boy and I was up on mine 8 times in 2 days about 3 weeks ago, replacing coax to the dish. Just crawl up there and go slow. Wear the right shoes. Getting down is way harder than getting up, though!!!!
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I am so acrophobic it's unreal! I have repelled off of buildings and have gone up in our FD's ladder truck, but STAND on my RV roof? No Freakin' Way!


I crawl on my hands and knees and/or scoot my butt around the roof!
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I am so acrophobic it's unreal! I have repelled off of buildings and have gone up in our FD's ladder truck, but STAND on my RV roof? No Freakin' Way!


I crawl on my hands and knees and/or scoot my butt around the roof!
Yes, sometimes don't even like being this tall

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This is funny as far as timing. I have just spent the last two days on my RV roof cleaning, replacing some sun rotted vent caps, resealing, and re-doing the seal on the AC.

Heights don't bother me, but I don't take chances when near the edge. Sometimes I'll put out all the slides to give me some buffer room.

I stopped walking on the roof when wet years ago, but when I did I made sure I had on tennis shoes with extra grip or barefoot.

I clean and condition my roof with the ProtectAll products which don't require any rinsing. So I'm always on a dry roof section.
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This is funny as far as timing. I have just spent the last two days on my RV roof cleaning, replacing some sun rotted vent caps, resealing, and re-doing the seal on the AC.

Heights don't bother me, but I don't take chances when near the edge. Sometimes I'll put out all the slides to give me some buffer room.

I stopped walking on the roof when wet years ago, but when I did I made sure I had on tennis shoes with extra grip or barefoot.

I clean and condition my roof with the ProtectAll products which don't require any rinsing. So I'm always on a dry roof section.
I bought some of that on your recommendation, but now on this forum people are saying about problems with it, causes streaking and running down the sides off the roof causing etiching, can you deplane how you do it?
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I bought some of that on your recommendation, but now on this forum people are saying about problems with it, causes streaking and running down the sides off the roof causing etiching, can you deplane how you do it?
You shouldn't have anything running off your roof as you don't rinse it off. Therefore, no streaks down the sides.

First I sweep off the roof. Then I fill a small bucket with water. Take it and a sponge mop or sponge on the roof.
Spray the cleaning product on small sections of the roof and sponge off with a damp sponge or sponge mop (not a sopping wet one). Wring out the sponge in the bucket of water. Replace the dirty water in the bucket with fresh as needed, same as mopping a floor. Done.

Next day I just spray on the conditioner and spread with a sponge.

Instructions should be on the containers.

Takes maybe a couple of hours to clean the 35' roof. Most of the time spent having Liz hand me fresh buckets of water. Half an hour to apply the conditioner.

The results are so much better than when I used Dawn, Murphy's, or similar products. It truly does look like new and stays cleaner longer, and no streaks down the side.
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