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Today I washed the Jeep and struggled hard at merely getting rid of the much from yesterday's off-road trip out of the wheel wells and black plastic. That alone took me an hour.

When I began washing the rest of the Rene, starting from the roof, I noticed I don't quite reach; I am what many would call "vertically challenged". My Jeep does not have the roof rails nor a step under the doors. I ended up sort of climbing onto the rear tire while holding onto nothing when I washed and dried the roof. Opening the door and standing on the sill is a no go. I am too OCD about my cars and will not do that.

It seems I will need to get a step ladder. I never had this problem with my previous car, it was barely taller than a miata!

Washing is doable, but what about waxing? It seems I will have to dedicate an entire day to that alone.
 

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I would buy one of those step-platforms. Stepladders are good if you need to reach one spot, but a roof is much bigger than that.

Werner makes one that's about 4' long and 20" off the ground of memory serves. I've been meaning to get one to use when I have vehicles on my lift at the low position.
 

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Yea, small step ladder. I have a foldable one that I keep in the car. It is about 9 inches tall and gives me enough reach.

But for washing, I use a washing wand that is on a pole. At the end of the pole is a 9 x 5 inch microfiber covered pad. You can pick one up most places.

It makes quick work of the washing part. Dip it in the sudsy bucket, and then wash the roof. In fact, I have used it to wash the entire car if I'm in a hurry.
 

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Also if with out step ladder just pop the doors and stand on the sills if in a pinch.
 

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Yeah, I don't like doing that. I always baby my vehicles. I sold my last car after it was 16 years old with 90,000 miles on it and the buyer was surprised that a daily driver was in mint condition inside and out.
I've always been the same with mine, no matter how old or new my vehicles were.
 

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I made the error of buying a two step ladder thinking that would be adequate.Although its just about OK to dry the roof it was still a bit of a stretch. So I would suggest a minimum 3 step ladder for easier reach.
 

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Yeah. Use some zip ties and strap a foam noodle or pipe insulation noodle against one side so you dont slap the side of the car with the step ladder.

And take off your belt so the buckle dont scratch the car while you lean to reach the hood, roof,etc.
 
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