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Old 05-24-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Smile Removing bugs from the front of your TT

Everyone here probably has already heard of this tip, but I thought I'd share for newbie campers like us. So... we brought our new Shamrock hybrid home from it's maiden voyage. While cleaning it up, we moved to the outside where we began giving it a good washing. Came to the challenge of bug-removal from the front of it after towing. We were too tired to run out and pick up some kerosene, so I went to the internet for advice. Come to find out that a Bounce fabric softener sheet dipped in a little warm water and rubbed over those little stinkers makes short work of bug removal...they literally just melllllt off. It leaves a little bit of a milky film, so we swished over that with a little dish detergent (in our case the Dawn brand) in a bucket with some warm water, and then rinsed with a hose. My DH who is generally non-plussed at household cleaning tips was totally blown away. It made short work of what we thought was going to be an [ongoing] ordeal. For us, this was an "oh wow". Take care, and happy camping to you all from Karen, Mike and the terriers Oliver and Bennie (Utah).
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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Thanks... this idea will come in handy when the "love" bug season starts in FL.

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Old 05-24-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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The softener sheets work well on the bugs but I don't think I would use dishwashing soap on the outside of the trailer. It will remove any protective covering you might have (such as wax!). Use car wash diluted as suggested on the bottle. Let the bugs soak for a few minutes. It will help the softener sheet work.
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Where was this tip last year when I went through a bug storm just south of Redding, California. It took me a full 6 hours to get all the little buggers off. I'll be ready with some bounce next time. Great tip!
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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The softener sheets work well on the bugs but I don't think I would use dishwashing soap on the outside of the trailer. It will remove any protective covering you might have (such as wax!). Use car wash diluted as suggested on the bottle. Let the bugs soak for a few minutes. It will help the softener sheet work.
Dishwashing soap is about as mild a detergent as you can find. Have used it for years and it never did remove the wax. But, everyone has to use his/her own judgement. Old carpet folded so the nap is out also does a good job removing bugs.
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jeesh and the Canadian I talked with said I should try 80 grit to get rid of the Canada June bugs which have been out for a month now.

I'll try the bounce sheets and the automotive wash after. Will then follow up with RV wax I purchased last month
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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jeesh and the Canadian I talked with said I should try 80 grit to get rid of the Canada June bugs which have been out for a month now.

I'll try the bounce sheets and the automotive wash after. Will then follow up with RV wax I purchased last month
A steel wire brush on a grinder takes them off in a flash!
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I found the mr clean magic eraser pretty effective also.
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A steel wire brush on a grinder takes them off in a flash!
Another way I found (and this isn't most practical in all cases) is to wait until there is a good soaking rain coming down and drive in it at a reasonable speed. If the rain is long enought and gentle enought it sure does soften the buggers up and they wash off with a squeezee at your next fuel stop.

As I said it isn't the most practical way, but it works.
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A steel wire brush on a grinder takes them off in a flash!
I use a car soap and a nylon stocking. No it's not mine, and I use it on my hand not on my head. Works well, and feels good too.
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