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Old 09-13-2016, 08:57 AM   #1
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Stand on slide out to clean them off

Ok, let me set expectations. Just retired, sold home and purchased RV to travel country with spousal unit searching for where we want to live. We've never RV'd, never owned an RV and I've never been on a forum before (expectations low now? Good.)

I've done a search and didn't see an answer to this. If I missed something, please redirect me so I don't post unnecessarily.

Can I stand on the slide outs to clean them off? I've got them supported so just wondering if the roof is strong enough. They stick out 39 inches so it is a little challenging to reach all the way to the edge to remove debris and water.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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Welcome, and let us know what you have. then others can tell you the answer.
I use a small ladder and an extended car window washer squeegee to brush off the top of my slides before i draw them in.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:29 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

Many R/V slides are not designed to bear weight from the top, especially ones with long slides.
I am a big guy and I would not walk on mine.

Also, the use of slide supports under the bottom is not recommended.
Should the R/V shift due to settling or a flat tire, the slide could be damaged from the support trying to hold the unit up.

You might want to consider slide toppers to keep the debris/rain off.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:53 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. I would not stand on the slide out roof to brush it off. At home I use a ladder on the road I sweep it off while standing on the main roof. I'm 100% in agreement with 5picker when it comes to slide supports I won't use them.
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If you're full time and new (like many of us), check in here OFTEN. Read it all. And welcome to the 'community'.

5Picker is right on about slides, IMHO.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:00 AM   #6
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x2 on NOT standing on top of your slide. I've never even considered this.

Get yourself a nice microfiber mop so you can reach all the areas you need to reach for washing. Good luck!
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X some-number! Loose the slide supports, you're asking for problems in the long run! Slides are designed to be unsupported from the ground and will be just fine pushed out without ANY additional supports.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:43 AM   #8
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Wow, good info on the slide out supports, thank you. Camping world said I should always use them. I am learning to not believe a sales type person. Off they come!

As to awnings, I am in a quandary on that one. One camp says they are indispensable and the other talks of the billowing in the wind causing excessive noise and water pooling.
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I'm going to be adding toppers to both my slides in the future. they really come in handy when you are parked under trees.
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Wow, good info on the slide out supports, thank you. Camping world said I should always use them. I am learning to not believe a sales type person. Off they come!

As to awnings, I am in a quandary on that one. One camp says they are indispensable and the other talks of the billowing in the wind causing excessive noise and water pooling.
Yep, we had slide toppers on the last rig, made sure our current one did NOT have them. Much happier without them, even parking under pine trees
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