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Old 04-09-2013, 09:32 AM
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Spent some time the other day washing and waxing my new Ram for the first time this past weekend. I really had some issues with being able to reach the center of the hood for wash and wax, as well as the top of the truck toward the windshield. I ended up getting in the bed and really stretching to get the roof done, and used a step stool to reach the middle of the hood, even though I was afraid I would slip and either hurt myself or the truck. I'm 6' tall, so I can't be the only guy having this problem. My question is what do you use to wash and wax those tall hard to reach areas? I know someone is gonna say a ladder but I don't feel comfortable climbing on a wet ladder that close to my new truck. I'm afraid it will slip. Anything other than a ladder is welcome advice.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:44 AM
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I have a quad cab and reach the rear of the roof from the bed. I get the front of the roof(near the windshield) by opening the front doors and standing in the jamb. I have not problem reaching to the center of the hood. I'm 6'4".
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Spent some time the other day washing and waxing my new Ram for the first time this past weekend. I really had some issues with being able to reach the center of the hood for wash and wax, as well as the top of the truck toward the windshield. I ended up getting in the bed and really stretching to get the roof done, and used a step stool to reach the middle of the hood, even though I was afraid I would slip and either hurt myself or the truck. I'm 6' tall, so I can't be the only guy having this problem. My question is what do you use to wash and wax those tall hard to reach areas? I know someone is gonna say a ladder but I don't feel comfortable climbing on a wet ladder that close to my new truck. I'm afraid it will slip. Anything other than a ladder is welcome advice.
I hear ya. It's hard to reach the top, middle hood, and roof.

For the rear of the roof, I climb in the bed of the truck, and get it. At the same time, I'll do the rear window.

For the hood, and windshield and front root, I climb up on the front tire, then reach across. It's kinda unsafe, and slippery.
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Since I am not a center for an NBA team, I have the same height wingspan issue. What I have done is get an extender pole specifically for washing vehicles which holds a microfiber wash pad (secured with velcro). I bought it to wash my travel trailer, but it also works nicely for the truck. For the hood I am on ground level, for the roof I use a ladder s couple steps gets me up high enough to accomplish the job. As some have mentioned prior, standing in the bed will also work to do the roof.
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I am 5'11" and I can clean my entire hood but not the windshield of course. I have a 2 step stool with rubber grips that I use since I have a cap.
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I think if you go to Home depot, Lowes, ETC you should be able to find a 3 step ladder the 3rd step being a platform which is about 4ft long this is stable on most level situations being 67 and 6'2" tall I can reach everywhere conveniently also by resting buckets etc on the platform I don't have bend down to the ground.
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Sturdy 2-step metal folding step stool for the hood (I'm only 5'9'') and for the roof, I have a regular cab, so I stand up on the bed top (one foot on the top under the rear window, and one on either side on the plastic cap) Make sure your boots are clean!!
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i use one of these....also makes a good beer bench when doing the lower panels...

i got mine on sale for $17.00 bucks...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2034675...5#.UWTEBaK87-Y
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i use one of these....also makes a good beer bench when doing the lower panels...

i got mine on sale for $17.00 bucks...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2034675...5#.UWTEBaK87-Y

I'll be headed to home depot, this will serve me better than my ladder. thanks for sharing.
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