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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-07-2020, 16:55 Thread Starter
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Cleaning the roof - top lights?

I was cleaning the roof today. I don't like it but I can walk up the outside of my daughter's garden fence then just step on to the roof - that makes it much easier.

And it needed it! But one area I couldn't get at is under the main top light where there's a collection of dried leaves n the roof is manky. How DO you get at it?

Also, there's a gulley between the awning and the side of the van that must be about 5cm deep so it was crammed with dead leaves, twigs n general gunge ensuring there was a constant run of dirty water down over the garage door. I think it was Sandra said you could get a filler for that - I wonder why they don't fit by default?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-07-2020, 17:11
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Open the vent Jean, that will give you the necessary clearance you need.

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You can Jean

It’s a rubber strip that fits tight

We bought it to stop the water running down the side of the awning

You need to the the right one to fit your awning

If you go onto the fiamma a site you have a choice

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I always used a soft nylon broom to do the roof Jean and the long bristles swept out the leaves and the hose loosened and blasted them out as well as the awning runner.
But of course you need a good hose.

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I had both hose n soft long-bristled brush but there was no way to get to those leaves. I had deliberately closed all 3 vents so there would be no water getting in. I guess I could open the main vent, try and clean that bit by hand then close the vent and use the hose to clear the muck off the roof.

It's all that getting up n down... It'll have to wait till the next time!

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That was exactly what I meant in my previous reply.

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I usually clean round the main roof light from inside the van. I use a small step which puts me in a head and shoulders out through the roof position - from there I can make a pretty good job of at least three sides of the roof light. I use a paint brush and a small bowl of water - it’s easy and doesn’t take long if I remember to do it a couple of times a year. Being taller than average helps, I suppose.

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The big toplight on the TEC used to go to nearly vertical; the one on the Hymer doesn't rise by much and moves backwards. I should be able to hoke around n get the leaves that way John (ozzy) but not sure about being able to clean without getting it all down me... but I'll see when I give it a try.

Yes John (euro), I got that was what you meant - I was just explaining why I probably wouldn't be trying it this week!

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Depending on your awning, if fiamma this would fill the void
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As you are on cleaning, my van is now dirtier than it has ever been as I am in a sandy dirt area, dust being kicked up by horses and farm vehicles all the time so before I move from this place it must at least have a hose down. They have a pressure hose here is it safe to use on the van?

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