Save your RV slideouts from damage with this amazing tool!

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By Tony Barthel
The RV Slideout Sweeper is one of those products for RVs that you knew you needed and wished someone would invent. Fortunately, someone did, and you can tell this was invented by an RVer. 

RV Slideout Sweep attachment
The RV Slideout Sweeper

The RV Slideout Sweeper is a handle attachment that you put between a broom handle and a broom head (for use with those broom handles and heads you find in hardware stores that are threaded to be twisted together). Effectively this is a big plastic “U” that goes between them so that, when you’re standing on the ground, the broom head is parallel to the ground. 

One of the things I always used to try to remind people of is that whatever is outside when your slide room is open, is going to be inside when it’s closed. I’ve seen a lot of slide seal repairs just because folks closed the slide rooms with branches and twigs on the roof of the slide room, which then damaged the seals and turned into nasty leaks. 

The solution has been to get a ladder or get up on the roof of the RV and sweep the top of the slide room off before you bring it in. That means you’re either carrying a spare ladder or are going up on the roof of the RV. For people who are averse to ladders, such as yours truly, this is one of the big reasons I wouldn’t buy an RV with a slide room. Period. 

This simple u-shaped plastic handle attachment solves that problem. The company reached out to us and sent me one of these things to try out and the first impression is that it is very well made. There was nothing flimsy or cheap about it.

RV Slideout Sweep attachment
The RV Slideout Sweep with broom and handle.

I went out to the garage and got a push broom and put this device between the broom handle and the broom head and it made it possible to reach up to the roof of my travel trailer and sweep it off. 

The size of this can reasonably fit into an exterior baggage compartment and I think you’d be fine with a simple broom head and handle that you could use to sweep out the interior of your RV, so you’ve got inside and outside covered. 

The company also notes that you can use a broom head or a mop head as well. And, bonus, this is made right here in the good ol’ US of A. 

Sometimes someone comes to us with a product and I see it and think “this would be nice” – and then there’s something like this that, if you’re not a roof climber, it’s more of the RV essentials category. 

Of course, if you have slide topper awnings or don’t have a slide room the story is different – but for the rest of you, I think this is $26.99 very well spent. You can get one for yourself here

Bonus hacks

Now here’s a hack for you from your RV Geek. If you have a remote camera like a GoPro, you can attach that to the broom handle as well and use your smartphone to see what’s going on up on the roof of the slide. Again, I’ll go out of my way to avoid ladders. This way you can also be sure you’ve cleaned off said slide roof properly. 

Another bonus. You could attach a squeegee head to the RV Slideout Sweeper and squeegee the water off the roof of the slide. There usually won’t be much if your RV is properly leveled, but none is better than some. 

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DanM
14 days ago

To inspect the top of my slides, I put my iPhone on a selfie stick, and use the camera function on my Apple Watch to see if all is clear.

Wolfe
14 days ago

For anyone who doesn’t want to add $30 and storage to a simple job, tie a towel into the middle of a cord “bowtie” style and draw it back and forth from the ground. Leaves and water instantly safely removed…

Jeff Arthur
14 days ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Good idea Wolfe. And I already carry all that I need !
Although capitalism is somewhat defeated .
Thank you

Kathy
14 days ago

Was unable to order from their site, disappointing.

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14 days ago
Reply to  Kathy

Hi, Kathy. Did you click on “Shop” at the bottom of their website? If you did and it didn’t work, there must be a problem with their website and we’ll let them know. Sorry you’re having trouble with it. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ran
14 days ago

I wouldn’t own a RV without slideouts, period. My slider topper rolls up and nothing will stay on the topper, because it rolls everything off. No need for me to carry one of these tools. I can see where one would use, if they do not have a slider topper.

BoinLV
14 days ago
Reply to  Ran

I guess it might help if leaves and small branches blow in between the topper and slide?

BobB
10 days ago
Reply to  BoinLV

With the arch as high as it is, it might not fit between the roof of the slide and the topper. It might work at each end of the slide.