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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Earning its keep

One of the least 'fun' aspects of owning a caravan is keeping it clean.  Particularly keeping the roof clean.  It is a problem that everyone has, and looking on various forums it would seem that it is a problem some people just completely ignore ....  But of course, that's not our way so it was time to get cleaning.







We got wet and tired.  I got the fun (easy?) job of applying snow foam and rinsing it off.  In order to save me from what would have been shoulder agony, Management took on the job of properly cleaning the entire roof and all the body of the caravan.   I putzed around passing him things, rinsing sponges and generally trying to be helpful seeing as he was doing the lion's share of the hard work.  The new ladder earned its keep superbly giving us a safe working platform. Management, who normally doesn't much like ladders, agreed it is going to prove invaluable.













Given we were mad enough to start by doing both our cars the after was a little on the knackering side, but it was also bloomin' good fun and very satisfying.  I've come to the conclusion that if we cannot have fun at this time in our lives then when the heck are we going to? 








14 comments:

  1. Maybe not fun, but a job well done. I love your style, to price up the equipment against having an 'expert' in. We have a magnolia tree in our small garden, and we want to keep it small, so every other year we have a tree surgeon in. We purchased some long handled tree loppers a few years ago, and cut back ourselves, saved a fortune.

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    1. Thanks Marlene. The ladder has almost paid for itself already, and we've barely started. I won't pretend it wasn't a big outlay but whilst we are fit enough to do these jobs ourselves it makes economic sense to do so.

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  2. What a lovely clean van you have now. Ours would never look like that, as it is Aussie style with a more ripply effect exterior, and without it's cover gets ingrained dust very quickly. It gets a good wash & shammy a couple of times a year. Cars were done this week, but the X-trail is done often anyway, because we use it most of the time. Hope you get away soon, now the school holidays are over. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, if only it would stay that clean. All the dirt in the first pictures has come from just standing getting rained on.

      We did think about going away for a few days next week but have decided not to. Much we want to do at home, and with the campervan due shortly we do not have time to travel as far as we would like.

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  3. I think that ladder is great and there are so many jobs it will be useful for. Anything that makes a tedious job fun is value for money. I'm also tempted to buy one myself for cleaning the conservatory roof and gutters!

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    1. Other brands are available Eileen, if you Google for "tripod ladders" you will find lots of choice. This one is by Henchman; our tree surgeon reckoned that some of the others might not be as sturdy and long-lasting and when I'm standing 4 metres above the ground I reckoned it wasn't worth taking a chance on something failing in future.

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  4. Oh, cleaning an RV is one of the worst chores!!! Those black streaks down the side have been known to cause much swearing.

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    1. Hi Sue, black streaks are a ruddy nuisance, aren't they? This is meant to be one of the cleanest and pollution free parts of the country and the rain is still dirty ...

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  5. Lovely clean caravan - a job well done. Have you ever considered putting your Post Code on the roof, so it could be spotted by police if ever it was stolen? I used large stick-on letters and numbers on mine, which were removed when I sold it.

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    1. Thanks :-) We did talk about doing something similar when we got the first caravan but never did, cannot remember why not?

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  6. I have to admit that ladder doesn't look safe enough to get me up it. Will you keep a caravan and a camper van?

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    1. Hi Sue, for the time being we are going to have both units because they lend themselves to different types of trips. But anything might alter in the future - we do seem to have a track record of changing our minds!

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