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Old 01-06-2015, 09:54 PM   #1
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Battery powered leaf blower

Do any of y'all use a leaf blower to clear the slide-outs prior to closing them for towing? We don't have or want slide awnings - I admit I'm getting too old to climb on the roof with a broom to remove the debris that collects on these flat surfaces- I'm interested in a battery powered unit for the versatility- THANX in advance for all opinions- DD
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:59 PM   #2
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I've been looking at this too! I was at Home Depot the other day, and they had a Milwaukee cordless on display. It could have that the batt was low because it was a display, and it was late in the day, but it didn't really push much air. Certainly not enough to do a good job blowing off my slide. So I've been eyeing the small corded ones. Yeah, not quite as convenient, but if it works better, it might be worth the inconvenience of running the extension cord...
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I have a corded leaf blower, but I never thought of using it to blow the leaves and needles off the roof, great idea. Mine is a Black and Decker and is quite powerful and it suck and bag too. I will try mine this summer to see if I like it. If I do then I may get a Cordless. If you already own cordless power tools, it would be nice if all the batteries match.
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I have a corded leaf blower, but I never thought of using it to blow the leaves and needles off the roof, great idea. Mine is a Black and Decker and is quite powerful and it suck and bag too. I will try mine this summer to see if I like it. If I do then I may get a Cordless. If you already own cordless power tools, it would be nice if all the batteries match.

The newer ones do that. Like the Milwaukee one I mentioned uses the same battery as all the other Milwaukee tools of that voltage (can't remember if it was the 12v or the 18v for that blower)
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My cordless is pretty weak, but it blew the slide off pretty good before winter. The more power... the better though!
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Dewalt power tools is bringing out a cordless leaf blower this spring. I think it will use the same batts. as there 20 volt tools.
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Are you going to have to carry a tall enough ladder to be able to get up high enough to blow off the slides? Or is there another system you use to get above the slide? I would have to have at least a 10 foot ladder to be able to blow off the slides on my 321 RLTS fifth wheel.

I know slide covers are a large investment, but in my opinion, they are definitely worth the cost. I have had them on all my slides for the last 15 years and have never had a problem with any of them. I'll never be without them.
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I have seen leaf blower attachments for blowing out roof gutters, if you can find one that might work.
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We carry a small, lightweight corded model. I use it to remove debris from slide toppers, especially wet leaves, and roof as well as to blow dirt, leaves from the campsite so we don't track all that into the camper.
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We carry a small, lightweight corded model. I use it to remove debris from slide toppers, especially wet leaves, and roof as well as to blow dirt, leaves from the campsite so we don't track all that into the camper.
This sounds just about perfect for what I was thinking. Especially the part about the wet leaves. That little Milwaukee I tried out would most certainly not be able to handle wet leaves. Currently I get on the roof and use a broom to sweep off the top of the slide, but a blower would be better and safer for me, even if I didn't have a ladder to get up there.

Do you have a link to the one you use? Or can you share some of the specifics on the model?
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