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How difficult is it to access the roof penetrations that need sealant maintenance? On our fifth wheel I can simply climb the ladder and walk/crawl around the roof to do this work. I imagine most of the things along the edges are accessible by ground ladder, but what about the Maxxair vent and other things in the middle of the roof? 

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Partially the answer to your question depends on how long your arms are.

I'm six feet tall with average length arms and I've been able to perform this type of maintenance from a ladder by securing the ladder firmly to the Ollie and simply leaning over the roof while my feet are still on the ladder.  Is that comfortable - no.  Does it get the job done - yes.  For more extensive operations (i.e. removing the MaxAir for instance) I'd crawl onto the roof.  But for routine maintenance and waxing, I prefer to stay on the ladder.


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8 minutes ago, Steph and Dud B said:

Can you lean a ladder against the awning housing? Is that what you secure the ladder to? 

Yes.  I lean a ladder against my awning on a routine basis, while washing and waxing after each trip.  I have the Fiama manual awning.  I cut a pool noodle to fit the top two rungs of my ladder so there is no damage to the fiberglass.  I’ve removed my maxxfan without getting on the roof, just leaned over the top of the ladder.  I would hesitate to get on the roof, not a lot of real estate up there, slanted, slippery, etc.  Mike

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You can use the “crawl space” between the awning and the center bulge of the roof easily, IF you raise up the solar panel to give extra room. A foam “eggcrate” camping pad cut in half lengthwise provides padding and a completely not-slip work surface. Be sure to tie your access ladder to the awning so that you are not stranded up there if it falls over. This will only work if you have a single awning, for obvious reasons:



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