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Old 08-20-2015, 11:03 PM   #1
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Washing roof of A-frame?

I ordered RV Gel Wash to clean the exterior of my A-frame. I assume that the A-frame should be popped up for washing. (Or not?) What do folks use to reach the peaks? Or is it better to collapse the A-frame down when washing it?
Thanks for any and all tips!
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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I open my camper up and use a painter's extension pole with a long handle brush attached. I buy Turtle Wax that comes in a gallon jug...pour a small amount in a bucket...fill with water and wash away. Works great and no water spots later.

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Old 08-21-2015, 03:43 PM   #3
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I used diluted Simple Green, and wash the windows very carefully with a cotton cloth/lots of water as they scratch easily. I have a long handled soft brush meant for this type of washing, guaranteed not to scratch finish, works great. At times, if it sits too long, I have to hand wash areas where the Norfolk island pine sprays it during the Spring with sap, even under the carport, darn it!
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:57 PM   #4
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simple green will damage your bubble lights .. so please do not use it ...
I clean the Aframe with the roof closed .... use RV wash and wax ... and all is good. if i have some very subborn stains i use RV black streak remover .. but that has not happen very often.
I do not wash when the unit is up .. as i have had some leaking problems ... but i was a newbie at this .. spraying water all up inside the foam panels and stuff ... just a note .. dont bother doing this .. saves you lots of headaches ... \

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Thanks for the heads up on Simple Green. I use mostly water except for the tree sap. So far, no problem with the windows, but they sure are a worry. Guess I will have to break down and spend money on the RV stuff to be safe, what's a little more money!
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:17 PM   #6
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Telescoping car wash pole

I use something like this:
Detailer's Choice 4B369 Flow-Thru Vehicle Wash Brush with 60" Telescoping Handle - Walmart.com

Roof erected, Meguiar's Deep Crystal car washing soap in a bucket, just like I would do to wash my truck. The pole just needs to be extended longer.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:15 PM   #7
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I wash mine with the roof up. I use a long handled pole with a soft cloth type of mop brush at the other end (for motorhome washing). I've never had water enter the unit when washing. I am also careful not to shoot water up the sides. I stand on the ladder and spray it parallel and down.
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I parked my pick up under Chinese Elm don't leave that on will ruin paint job.
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I parked mine under some oak, beech, and maple trees. The wet leaves have left stains. I also found small, brown ants crawling on the exterior. I'm assuming that they fell out of the trees because I sprayed all around the perimeter of the camper with bug spray. (Unless the rain washed all of the spray away, too!)
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:48 PM   #10
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I washed the camper closed up today with RV gel wash/wax and it looks great, but I always see a slight haze on the bubble windows no matter what I use. What is safe to restore them to that nice black shine?
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