Video: How to clean your motorhome roof

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  1. Rob Dester says:

    I use ladder or high platform steps and a 9 foot baton across the roof to kneel on to spread my weight

  2. Andrew Harcourt says:

    I watched with bated breath to see how you clean the underside of the front over cab area. You didn’t! I still don’t know how. I do have the extending brush as shown but this isn’t tough enough. I can’t lean a ladder against the windscreen because the angle is too acute, and the ladder might break the glass. I don’t have the gantry.

    • Hi Andrew, we found the extending brush was tough enough but suppose it depends how dirty this area is. Sorry you’re still not sure how to clean this area. Have you tried using a step ladder?

  3. Terry Young says:

    Your cleaning guide is very good, but the one area you have missed and where most black lines originate, is beneath the solar panel. You can only clean so far with a cloth.
    Perhaps it would be a good idea that when the panels are installed, that they can be hinged at one end, obviously with an appropriate fail safe locking mechanism for when fixing (locking) back onto the roof by the owner after cleaning.

  4. Elaine says:

    Thanks liz. I will get some and give it a try. Best wishes.

  5. Phil Shepherd says:

    My recently purchased second hand MH has a large number of black marks on the roof (alge??) which refuse to budge by washing. They can only be removed by polish and elbow grease. I use a scaffold tower to access the roof but I am unable to reach the centre and have a 2 ft section where these marks remain. Has anybody any suggestions.

  6. Robert Smith says:

    When we are in Spain the petrol station there has a gantry that you can use so you can clean the roof easily, it would be a good idea if the supermarkets or petrol stations that had car washes here did the same and installed gantries. Can you imagine the extra trade it would generate,motor homes and Vans wouldn’t go anywhere else.

  7. Elaine says:

    My roof has lots of scratches on the roof (from trees) and isn’t smooth anymore. Can it be re-laquired? Or can I buy anything to help repel the dirt and grime?

  8. Elaine says:

    I’m not keen on climbing ladders so I approach the job from the inside. Using a small stepladder I am able to get head and shoulders through the skylights and apply soap solution then use a variety of brushes and cloths similar to those described in the article. After applying soap and giving everything a good scrub I hose down. (After closing the skylights of course)

  9. Alan Bolton says:

    Very good artical. Good advice and tips that you might not have thought about.

  10. Michael Page says:

    Very good very helpful

  11. NATHAN says:

    Hi there. Really enjoyed reading this page

  12. Stephen Cunningham says:

    Hi it’s nice to know how to clean the motorhome as it’s my first year with my motorhome.

  13. tony phillips says:

    I use wet and for get spray it on and leave very good .

  14. D King says:

    I would also mention to clean the wind out awning if fitted, especially the front end piece where the flies get stuck.

  15. Peter Ward says:

    2 platform ladders and a builders 8ft plank. Been using this method for years. OK so long as you don’t mind heights. When I purchased my M.H. Twelve years ago I could wash the top,2 sides, back and front in 1 day, now it takes me 3 days.

  16. J Wright says:

    Nice to know I have been doing it largely as suggested. I use a platform ladder to walk along. Saves some time and a bit more stable. I always clean the van before adding cover, once dry.


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