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Old 03-26-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Is it safe to use a power washer on an RV?

Haven't had our TT long enough to have to clean it yet until yesterday. Going camping in beginning of April so it's gotta look nice.

I saw someone have their trailer power washed in a KOA last year, so I guess it's done. Just wondering if there are precautions? I still had to hand wipe it down anyway to help get rid of the black streaks.

I'm a little worried about decals peeling off or water getting in behind things where it shouldn't. I still clearly remember washing our old '86 Hyundai (when it was only about a year old) with a wand at a gas station and a whole bunch of the clear coat came off in sheets.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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It should not be an issue. We use our 3000 psi gas powered one when cleaning at home and also use the Semi Truck wash bays to do our truck and trailer.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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I would never use a power washer on any of my vehicles.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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Use caution and do not use the high pressure wand.
Use the "turbo wash" wand.
Stay alert as decals may still come off.
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Not the best idea in the world, in my opinion.
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No, the water will get into places that you would never think it caould make it and then set there and mold, and rust. Not a good idea. Sorry.
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I would never use a power washer on any of my vehicles.

I'm with you on this one. I've seen it remove paint from the plastic bumpers on vehicles.
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I would never use a power washer on any of my vehicles.

Hey Chap, you should see the mud I have to get off the truck some times after it has rained for a week or so. It can get so thick you almost cannot tell what color the truck is and there is mud even on the roof. I have to drive abt 30 mile a day on dirt roads and it can be fun. I have 5 different nozzles for my pressure washer that go from a cutting nozzle to a nozzle for soap or degreaser as well as 3 different fan pattern nozzles. In 10+ years I have yet to strip paint or decals off anything unless I wanted to. I use the washer on all our vehicles as well as the tractors, sprayers etc. But that being said, common sense is the rule. We spray the trailer from abt 8 feet back.
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We spray the trailer from abt 8 feet back.
Ah, that is the key. By the time the water gets to the trailer, it shouldn't be much pressure at all.

To get the black streaks off, you would need to get pretty close to the siding with the pressure washer, and that is where the trouble might start. That is why I scrub mine by hand.
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common sense is the rule. We spray the trailer from abt 8 feet back.

Save yourself the price of a power washer and use a garden hose. The key words you use are "common sense" and usually that won't prevail when you put the a power washer in the hands of many. Human nature will prevail and most often we will use maximum pressure on that stubborn spot. Always err on the side of caution and avoid any chance of damage. It's not always fun but washing a camper can be long and hard work.
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