Demossing the roof

Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Demossing the roof

Post by jerico on Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:31 pm

Hi fellas, I have just cleaned the top of my Rienza.   It goes absolutely green every year and I usually get up there with a mop and bucket, but it gets so slippery its a hazard to life and limb.   One of the main problems is getting past the skylight window at the back by the ladder, there is so little room and you cant put any weight on it.   Recently I am using a cloth and bucket and kneeler, it makes a spiffing job and is nowhere near so slippery.   When I had finished and took a worms eye view, I noticed the thwartship brushed alloy bars are green underneath! A job for another time.  Just wondered how others tackle the task.   I think that Autosleepers should have green roofs on their vans, it would save us a hell of a lot of work.   Jerico
jerico
jerico
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 7
Joined : 2014-01-23
Member Age : 80
Location : kent
Auto-Sleeper : rienza

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by Peter Brown on Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:24 pm

With a micro cloth and bucket.

Peter

_________________
Peter #1
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 5336
Joined : 2012-11-10
Member Age : 67
Location : Staffs
Auto-Sleeper : Malvern
Vehicle Year : 2011

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by TeamRienza on Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:36 pm

Hi jerico,

I have the good fortune to only be 60, so I still get on the roof and give it what for with a hose, soft brush and a pot scrubber. Sometimes I use Fenwicks motorhome cleaner, sometimes not.

I find my hand is the best tool for cleaning under the roof bars.

I have used step ladders on occasion to do the roof from the side, but find that slightly unstable and I can't reach the whole roof.

Luckily my wife is a few years younger so I hope eventually to get her to take over responsibility for the roof, but I may be deluding my self.


Davy
TeamRienza
TeamRienza
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 434
Joined : 2011-03-08
Member Age : 65
Location : Co. Down
Auto-Sleeper : Used to own a Rienza
Vehicle Year : 2006 Mk6

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by modelman on Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:18 pm

I tackle the roof on mine with this, ok it takes a couple of mins to set it up, but its well worth it as it makes the job 'almost' enjoyable  hugegrins 

There's actually a safety rail as well, but its not shown in this pic.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

_________________
I DO have to grow old, I DO NOT have to grow up!
modelman
modelman
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 4541
Joined : 2011-09-16
Member Age : 73
Location : Barnsley,S/Yorks
Auto-Sleeper : Amethyst
Vehicle Year : 2003

http://www.modelslipway.com

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by broadwayelduo on Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:39 pm

Interesting system modelman,is this your own idea or can these steps/? be purchased
broadwayelduo
broadwayelduo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 86
Joined : 2013-12-17
Member Age : 73
Location : york
Auto-Sleeper : Broadway el duo

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by -mojo- on Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:47 pm

The scaffold system behind the conventional step ladder can be bought online. I have a previous version which is similar but the fixings are slightly more primitive (basically just wing nuts, so harder to install/remove than the ones shown in the photo).

Here's an example, though you can get bigger and smaller versions:

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I have the 7m version so that I can do the upper windows and guttering at the back of the house. At that height the "flex" of an economy system feels a bit scary until you get used to it!

If I had to buy again I would be tempted to get a Youngman system, but the cost is about twice the economy ones, and I can't justify £1k for something I use once or twice a year...
-mojo-
-mojo-
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 4566
Joined : 2012-08-04
Member Age : 19
Location : Southeast
Auto-Sleeper : Trooper
Vehicle Year : 2006

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by modelman on Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:54 pm

Its just a cheapo work platform from E-bay that I bought to get up to the guttering to clean them out, worked out perfik for the van roof as well  hugegrins  
What you see in the pic is ordinary alloy steps in front of the platform behind, which incidentally, is only half-height, it goes up double that, with another section on top.
THIS is the complete unit.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

_________________
I DO have to grow old, I DO NOT have to grow up!
modelman
modelman
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 4541
Joined : 2011-09-16
Member Age : 73
Location : Barnsley,S/Yorks
Auto-Sleeper : Amethyst
Vehicle Year : 2003

http://www.modelslipway.com

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by Dutto on Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:20 pm

Hi there,

We like to keep "Petal's" roof moss-free by taking her to a place where the sun burns it off!!   sun    champagne 

But, should I ever decide to do more to "Petal's" roof than giving it a quick scrub with a brush dipped in Flash ……  wave 

…..  and having seen the cost of some of the home platform systems …..  tap_fingers 

….  I think I would buy something like this.  up! 

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

With a maximum working height of 1.4m and a safety rail I think it would easily let me see "Petal's" roof and do the work.

Best regards,
 drinksallround

_________________
Dutto - Living more in hope than expectation; and seldom disappointed!
Dutto
Dutto
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 7865
Joined : 2011-06-14
Location : Lincolnshire
Auto-Sleeper : Duetto

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by dandywarhol on Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:56 am

Karcher and ALDI Caravan Cleaning fluid. The Karcher sucks up the fluid into the waterstream and soon takes it off in 15 minutes  smile!

_________________
Whale oil beef hooked
dandywarhol
dandywarhol
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 1314
Joined : 2011-02-08
Member Age : 65
Location : Edinburgh
Auto-Sleeper : Ex Clubman Anniversa
Vehicle Year : 2003

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by -mojo- on Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:21 am

Dutto wrote:
…..  and having seen the cost of some of the home platform systems …..  tap_fingers 

….  I think I would buy something like this.  up! 

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Agreed - if you want it for just the one job then something like that is ideal, but the mini-scaffold systems are much more flexible. I initially baulked at over £400, but it covered 3 jobs at significant height, none of which I wanted to do from a ladder. Paying someone to do them would have cost nearly as much, and I have garage space to store the parts (they just hang from the roof) so it made sense.
-mojo-
-mojo-
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 4566
Joined : 2012-08-04
Member Age : 19
Location : Southeast
Auto-Sleeper : Trooper
Vehicle Year : 2006

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by mikethebike on Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:27 pm

Hi Ian , i like that one you suggest. My wife is getting tired having me use her shoulders to stand on .
regards
mike
mikethebike
mikethebike
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 2964
Joined : 2012-03-01
Location : peterborough
Auto-Sleeper : none

Back to top Go down

Demossing the roof Empty Re: Demossing the roof

Post by ian on Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:23 am

I took my winter cover off on Saturday. There was no moss on the roof! Brilliant!

Put the key in the ignition and, what a lovely feeling, first turn, and the engine fires up.

Went out for a run in the sun.

Came back in the afternoon and the weather had changed with suddenly large gusts of wind.

I didn't like being on the roof with the cover thinking that any moment I was about to be 'sailed 

away' dangling from my parachute into the skies above and over to Skegness coast.

My wife was on the ground below holding on to the ties that are fixed to the cover.

All of a sudden a huge 'gust' lifted the cover and it opened into an enormous canopy.

It then flopped back down over the whole motorhome !!!!

Hard to believe...but I swear it is true. Job Done !

There is a God. 

Cheers Ian
ian
ian
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 270
Joined : 2011-05-19
Member Age : 69
Location : east
Auto-Sleeper : Executive

Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum