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Old 04-29-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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Walking on roof to sweep slide-out

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I have a 27BHS with the OK to walk on, strength wise, roof. I had planned on sweeping the roof of the slide-out from the TT roof before stowing. Am I going to be putting undo wear and tear on the rubber roof membrane by doing that? I don't want to cause a premature membrane failure.

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Old 04-29-2016, 04:07 PM   #2
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No, sweeping is fine. You need to get any loose stuff off there before sliding it back in.

The trailer roof itself is more than durable enough for you to walk on.

Just don't fall off!
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #3
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I have the same worry, I'm a big guy and every time I go up there it makes me nervous!!
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Just be careful. Don't drag your feet or drop tools or anything.

Be careful is the word! When wet, it can be slippery.
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Are you planning on doing this every time you close up the trailer? I'd be more worried about falling off the roof then anything. Is the increased risk to yourself worth it to avoid cleaning the slide out via another means?
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:38 PM   #6
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Are you planning on doing this every time you close up the trailer? I'd be more worried about falling off the roof then anything. Is the increased risk to yourself worth it to avoid cleaning the slide out via another means?
What other means would you suggest? Even if I had a 7' step ladder I would be very near, if not, at the top rung to get my eyes and hands in position to sweep the top. That seems somewhat dangerous too as dirt campsites are not level. If I build a push broom with a large L shaped handle I can't see if the roof has been totally swept of the debris for pulling in. A topper would help but it only takes a small wind to blow something up there. All seem to have their perils. Please, I'm not trying to be a SA I'm just looking for a method that is right for me. My previous TT did not have a slide. This is one of the reasons I didn't have a slide before.

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Old 04-29-2016, 05:46 PM   #7
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I have Awnings that go out over my slide outs just for that reason. Here is info on them.
Slideout Cover - Carefree of Colorado

I have been in a lot of places where as I close the slide out a bunch of debris falls off as it closes. And whole lot better than going up and sweeping.
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I've been on my roof three times (once each season to clean) and it's very sturdy. If your going to wear shoes up there, I'd check the soles for rocks beforehand. As others have said just be careful, it's a long ways down...
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I have seen campers standing on a step ladder with a small hand held blower. Seemed to work.
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I have seen campers standing on a step ladder with a small hand held blower. Seemed to work.
Or I could ask the DW if I could buy a drone and blow it off that way. I'm sure we all know how that conversation would go.

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