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Old 01-23-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Getting Snow & Ice Off the Roof

As I mentioned elsewhere, I have decided to ask all the dumb questions I have ever wanted to ask but didn't for fear of looking like an idiot. This way, new people will have all the answers with a search instead of having to advertise that they don't know things. Turns out I don't really mind looking like an idiot! So here is another one:

My roof is 9'6" high. Yes, I have a ladder, and yes, I have a broom. I have a scraper, but it's pretty short. I'm 5 feet tall. I cannot seem to get this icy snow off my roof! it is basically relatively soft snow covered with a hard crust of ice. My fear is that if I drive with this up here it's going to crash off the roof onto someone's windshield and cause an accident.

I have this telescoping scraper thingamajig on order with Amazon but delivery is a few days out, and I need to drive today.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:50 AM   #2
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If there happens to be one in your neighborhood, the safest thing for you, may be a truck wash. The better ones have a cat walk down both sides of the bay so you can get up high and spray that roof.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:51 AM   #3
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If there happens to be one in your neighborhood, the safest thing for you, may be a truck wash. The better ones have a cat walk down both sides of the bay so you can get up high and spray that roof.
Ah, great idea but closest is 15 or so miles. I'll head over there and hope for the best on the way unless I find another idea.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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In your driveway, throw a rope down the center of the bus and tie one end to a bumper. Walk the other end to the sides of the bus and if you can move forward too. That cuts under the snow, minimal damage and most snow will slide off. A few hard brakes will send the rest sliding but on your hood and windshield. It shows you at least made an attempt. Up here it is a fine for not removing snow on vehicles.


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Old 01-23-2019, 10:57 AM   #5
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In your driveway, throw a rope down the center of the bus and tie one end to a bumper. Walk the other end to the sides of the bus and if you can move forward too. That cuts under the snow, minimal damage and most snow will slide off. A few hard brakes will send the rest sliding but on your hood and windshield. It shows you at least made an attempt. Up here it is a fine for not removing snow on vehicles.


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Great idea!!!!! Now to find a rope....

There's probably a fine here, too, there's a fine for everything.
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:01 AM   #6
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If there happens to be one in your neighborhood, the safest thing for you, may be a truck wash. The better ones have a cat walk down both sides of the bay so you can get up high and spray that roof.

Can you either: (1) explain what to expect at the truck wash, or (2) post a youtube link?


For example:


Before I ever pulled my bus into a truck stop for fuel the first time, I checked out a youtube video that showed someone doing that in his class A. I'm soooo glad I did. I didn't realize that there were pumps on both sides, and you had to trigger the left before the right would work (my fuel port is only on the right, had to lay the left side nozzle on the ground while I fueled). Had I not watched that video, I would have been forever scratching my head why things weren't working....


Thank you!
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:02 AM   #7
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Great idea!!!!! Now to find a rope....

There's probably a fine here, too, there's a fine for everything.

You'll get the hang of it quick, but stay out of the way too. Can be heavy and icy.
An old clothesline works as well, the one covered in plastic.



Pack it an a bag and carry it in winter.


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Old 01-23-2019, 11:05 AM   #8
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Can you either: (1) explain what to expect at the truck wash, or (2) post a youtube link?


For example:


Before I ever pulled my bus into a truck stop for fuel the first time, I checked out a youtube video that showed someone doing that in his class A. I'm soooo glad I did. I didn't realize that there were pumps on both sides, and you had to trigger the left before the right would work (my fuel port is only on the right, had to lay the left side nozzle on the ground while I fueled). Had I not watched that video, I would have been forever scratching my head why things weren't working....


Thank you!
So the next time pull in from the other direction.

Don't feel bad, I ran into the same issue on one of my first fuels stops.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:20 PM   #9
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So the next time pull in from the other direction.

ohhhhhh, then it be sure that I'd get a real talking to by the truckers.... From the looks of 'em I don't think I would want that kind of dressing-down - especially in front of my kids....


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Don't feel bad, I ran into the same issue on one of my first fuels stops.

We're all noobs at some point. I just want to climb out before it kills me (or my wife does)....
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:25 PM   #10
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ohhhhhh, then it be sure that I'd get a real talking to by the truckers.... From the looks of 'em I don't think I would want that kind of dressing-down - especially in front of my kids....





We're all noobs at some point. I just want to climb out before it kills me (or my wife does)....
There were many gas stations I stopped at that were not truck stops, but still had the both side filling option. It didn't matter at those places which direction you pulled in from.
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