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Old 06-04-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
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Clean off Slide out from the ground

We're getting up in years and are not able to climb ladders safely (especially me!). How do you recommend getting the junk off the tops of the slide outs while standing on the ground? Is there like a nozzle attachment for a blower? I've also seen these water wands used to clean out gutters and wonder if that would work. I'm a bit leery of squirting water up there right before pulling in the slides. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:14 AM   #2
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I would think a piece of drain pipe could be slipped over the nozzle of a leaf blower and just put either a 45 or 90 degree elbow on it's end. Make the pipe long enough so you can blow off the top of the slide-outs while still holding the blower in a comfortable position without reaching too far.

I would consider a cordless leaf blower as you can charge batteries when on shore power and be able to blow off slide roof when no power is available.

A lot easier than a gasoline powered one that will require a gas oil mix as a rule.

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Old 06-04-2020, 01:59 PM   #3
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I would think that adding a slide out awning/cover is the hot ticket for you. As you close the slide, any debris are rolled off of the outer edge of the roll. No tools, no climbing.... just leaves and junk falling to the ground.
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:26 PM   #4
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I use one of these. I attached a PVC pole to it for more length. The mop head is flexible, so you can conform it to whatever shape you need. So I am able to shape it to lay flat on the top of the slide as I walk alongside. Works great for me.

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Old 06-05-2020, 01:19 PM   #6
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Leaf blower gutter cleaner

I have been using a gutter cleaning attachment for a leaf blower for many years. Mine is so old that I don't think they make it anymore, but a quicj google search showed a lot of similar products. https://www.google.com/search?q=gutt...hrome&ie=UTF-8.
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Old 06-05-2020, 02:54 PM   #7
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Slude toppers, worth the money. Helps keep the slide roof clean and safe from the sun.
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Everything described works well as long as the debris is dry. Slide toppers. brushes. wands work well until it rains then all bets are off. I have had to climb on a ladder with a stiff brush and work to remove wet leaves etc.
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:18 AM   #9
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Can't imagine anyone wants to climb a ladder, especially if your in your seventies to clean off slides when a topper does the job controlled by a switch (or WiFi cell phone). To carry a ladder, maybe set up on soft ground, carry around a leaf blower, and having a battery to charged or gas for it is way to much to deal with when it is time to leave.

Not to mention trying to use a blower in rain to clear leaves and twigs that don't blow away all that great when wet.
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Can't imagine anyone wants to climb a ladder, especially if your in your seventies to clean off slides when a topper does the job controlled by a switch (or WiFi cell phone). To carry a ladder, maybe set up on soft ground, carry around a leaf blower, and having a battery to charged or gas for it is way to much to deal with when it is time to leave.

Not to mention trying to use a blower in rain to clear leaves and twigs that don't blow away all that great when wet.
Leaves roll up in the topper and do not fall to the ground when they are wet. After one week I had an enormous mess that was rolled up in the topper when we left.
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Old 06-06-2020, 05:54 AM   #11
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My slides are remote controlled so I can bring them in and with a broom knock off any leaves stuck to the topper from standing on the ground.
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Be very nice to your grandkids. The like climbing on ladders.

(I know..I know.. I'm not helping.)
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My vote is for a slide topper. We have toppers on all 3 slides. When closing the slides after a rain, I use a broom with a long handle to sweep the wet stuff off the topper roll as my wife slowly retracts it. Without actually seeing what’s on the roof of the slideout you can’t be sure you got all the debris off it and without a slide topper someone has to get on a ladder or the roof occasionally to clean the roof of the slideout.
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Before we put a slide topper on our trailer we used a three eights inch nylon rope with a bath towel tied in the middle. Threw a weighted end of the rope over the slide out and then pull the towel back-and-forth to remove any debris. Worked great didn’t require any additional equipment
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I do like the blower idea.

Slide toppers are great but way to expensive for our camper not sure if they even make them for it. Not looked into it for this one.



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I rigged attached a brush(wallpaper brush actually) to a retractable pole from menards , at a 90 degree angle. Use it to clean off gutter screens and never thought to try it on my slide out until seeing this thread.
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We're wanting to add a slide topper as well. But for now, we'll just keep on taking a ladder and a leaf blow.
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We're getting up in years and are not able to climb ladders safely (especially me!). How do you recommend getting the junk off the tops of the slide outs while standing on the ground? Is there like a nozzle attachment for a blower? I've also seen these water wands used to clean out gutters and wonder if that would work. I'm a bit leery of squirting water up there right before pulling in the slides. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-08-2020, 06:34 PM   #19
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I also vote slide toppers. They do all the work for you!
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