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Old 04-02-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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Washing an RV is a lot like work...

In fact, it is work.

Got the RV washed today and realized it is supposed to be white. Sitting over the winter it had started to turn grey. BTW, what do you use to clean the black streaks? Dawn did pretty good with some scrubbing but doesn't get it all over. While we were at it, we vacuumed and mopped the interior and did some restocking.

On a good note, I had the propane topped off as it was at half a tank. The meter didn't run so the guy who topped me off didn't charge me as he didn't know how much he put in. I told him to charge me for a half tank and after a couple minutes of discussion he still wouldn't charge me.
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:55 PM   #2
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It is a heck of alot of work. Every time I do the roof I swear I never want a longer camper.
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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In fact, it is work.

Got the RV washed today and realized it is supposed to be white. Sitting over the winter it had started to turn grey. BTW, what do you use to clean the black streaks? Dawn did pretty good with some scrubbing but doesn't get it all over. While we were at it, we vacuumed and mopped the interior and did some restocking.

On a good note, I had the propane topped off as it was at half a tank. The meter didn't run so the guy who topped me off didn't charge me as he didn't know how much he put in. I told him to charge me for a half tank and after a couple minutes of discussion he still wouldn't charge me.
Probably not the best choice but I used simple Green on the black streaks and they wiped off easily. I got sick of looking at them but the simple Green may affect the wax.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:22 PM   #4
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I use car wash by zip wax Don't want the decales to fade
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:34 PM   #5
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Best way to make washing easy is to use a good wax/finish. I use Meguiar's NXT generation tech wax 2.0. It is a polymer and holds up very well The best part is you can wax the entire RV and wait hours and the haze wipes off like dust. Black streaks wash off easily. One caution. do not use a power washer ( some dealers do). Careless use of a PW can lift caulk and decals very easily.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:40 AM   #6
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As Flybob says...
A good wax (as painful as that chore is) will help the finish tremendously and makes the rig easier to clean.
The front and rear caps require this more often due to the weather beating they take.
I rarely use water on the rig.
Localized portions only and an undercarriage splash after dirt roads.
If you are diligent in wiping the rig off with a wet towel after every trip- the deep cleaning is minimal.
Then of course I cover mine since I am a clean freak.

(I use Mothers Carnuba cleaner wax- red bottle)
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:44 AM   #7
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Rinse Kit

I use a product called Duragloss...its a sealant instead of a wax...but my RV has 4 coats of clear...many are different finishes...what I do use is this Rinse Kit I bought at Hershey last fall...its amazing to use ...I have used it to wash small sections at Campgrounds...on my travels I mix it with bug removal products and really easy to use...Friend used his this weekend to detail the wheels and tires...

Amazon has them...
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:14 AM   #8
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I'm washing ours for first time. Got it washed yesterday and went well. I washed and my wife rinced not sure why but I was soaked to bone when we got finished anyhow waxing this morn and yes it's a chore. Finish one side and I'm using that Lucas slick mist speed wax and it does pretty wellClick image for larger version

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I am taking my Cedar Creek to the truck wash
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Be careful. Many truck washes use power washers. They can/will lift caulk and decals. Very convenient and easy, but damaging if not used properly. Some dealers use them to prep new RV's as they are quick and easy. The problem is that they usually don't put the highest paid tech on the power washer, Probably why so many new RV's have leaks that were not there when they left the factory.
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