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Old 05-25-2021, 08:25 AM   #41
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Hose it off. Use soft brush & Simple Green. Wax the decals.
Simple Green does make a car wash but use of the original Simple Green (unless diluted to about 90:1 and basically worthless) is advised against on every car/truck/paint forum I visit. It will remove any wax you've put on and can/will do damage to the surfaces it is used on if not diluted properly.

There are far better products to wash vehicles with than Simple Green.

And... waxing decals is typically advised to apply with caution. The chemicals in most waxes can get under the decal edges, loosen the adhesive and cause the decals to start to lift.

I'm glad you seem to have luck with it. As I said, from the hundreds of posts I've read elsewhere, you are in the minority.
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Old 05-25-2021, 08:44 AM   #42
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..... I'd have neighbors parking 6 or more cars on the lawn, half covered with tarps......
HEY! I represent that remark!
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Old 05-25-2021, 09:15 AM   #43
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I can see the concern of using a power washer if one was using extreme pressure. The soap nozzle puts out less pressure than the water coming out of the house. My 40 degree nozzle at more than 18” away from the surface it’s not much higher than my hose thru a fire nozzle. If I put it 1” from my hand it will hit hard enough to turn my hand red. Pressure washers don’t hurt rvs people hurt rvs
How true. Most recommendations against using a pressure washer are based in the fact that many people don't know how to use properly. The warnings are merely to prevent damage by "the lowest common denominator".

A wide angle nozzle, held a safe distance from the surface, won't damage the surface or peel decals.

If one wants to conserve water, a pressure washer does a better job usually than a hose and nozzle. Fine spray over a wider area and the spray acts like a water broom to sweep the suds and dirt away.
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Old 05-25-2021, 12:08 PM   #44
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For those that use Blue Beacon Truck/RV wash, I have a question.

They have a protectant option. Rain X Complete All Surface Protectant and WeatherSheild.

Has anyone had the protectant applied to an RV?
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TitanMike - for a minute there I thought you lived in my old neighborhood in Huntersville NC. Move to SC so now can wash in the driveway or yard. Unfortunately like JD said, lots of up and down on the ladder especially for an old guy.
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Old 05-25-2021, 04:39 PM   #46
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For those that use Blue Beacon Truck/RV wash, I have a question.



They have a protectant option. Rain X Complete All Surface Protectant and WeatherSheild.



Has anyone had the protectant applied to an RV?
It puts a nice shine on my fiberglass and lasts quite a while. I think it's worth it. Stop at the one in Beaverdam, OH at least once a year..
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Usually after a long trip we pull it along side our house (which works out to about twice a year) and have ours washed and waxed really well by a local independent Detailer.
In between we spot wash it with a micro fiber pole washer, (we use Meguiers car wash liquid) rinse and dry with microfiber towels.
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I went to the storage lot where my trailer is and I realized that it looked very dirty. It had mud and dirt on it from my trip 2 weeks ago and it was also yellow from pollen.

How do you wash a travel trailer?
I try to maintain an upright position. If I’m not then means I’ve fallen off a ladder or the roof. 😬
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Old 05-25-2021, 07:55 PM   #49
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A friend of mine with a large Tiffen recommended I try this stuff.

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I think I'll give it a try.
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Old 05-25-2021, 09:22 PM   #50
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I wash ours at home at the end of a trip. It's in enclosed storage so it just needs a dusting when we take it out. My wife found a nice soft mop like thingy, and I use a good car wash soap.
For spot cleaning, and getting the murdered bugs off I use Pledge. I don't care for wash wax all. It was marketed for dry washing airplanes, but I don't know anyone who uses it on their birds. We all use Pledge.
I do hand wax the leading edges to make the murdered bugs come off easier. I had to make some stands for my muti-use ladder, so that when I use it as a scaffold, it's high enough to get me over the hood on the MH. This makes it fairly easy to do the front cap.

The most important thing is not leaving the corrosive bug juice on there. In other words, don't ride her hard and put her away wet, and you'll keep it nice looking for a long time.
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Old 05-25-2021, 09:46 PM   #51
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I went to the storage lot where my trailer is and I realized that it looked very dirty. It had mud and dirt on it from my trip 2 weeks ago and it was also yellow from pollen.

How do you wash a travel trailer?
The best way is with someone else's arms...
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I wash ours at home at the end of a trip. It's in enclosed storage so it just needs a dusting when we take it out. My wife found a nice soft mop like thingy, and I use a good car wash soap.
For spot cleaning, and getting the murdered bugs off I use Pledge. I don't care for wash wax all. It was marketed for dry washing airplanes, but I don't know anyone who uses it on their birds. We all use Pledge.
I do hand wax the leading edges to make the murdered bugs come off easier. I had to make some stands for my muti-use ladder, so that when I use it as a scaffold, it's high enough to get me over the hood on the MH. This makes it fairly easy to do the front cap.

The most important thing is not leaving the corrosive bug juice on there. In other words, don't ride her hard and put her away wet, and you'll keep it nice looking for a long time.

Two products that will soften bugs so the come off easy are:
1. Hydrogen Peroxide ... if sprayed on not long after accumulated, the bugs will foam up and can be wiped off easily.
2. Pledge is great. It softens the bugs so are wiped off and also leaves a wax shine. Motorcyclist use it to clean the bike windshield = leaving no scratches and also on the front of the bike that can get plastered with bugs. Spray it on - let it set for a few minutes and wipe off. Easy Peasy.
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Two products that will soften bugs so the come off easy are:
1. Hydrogen Peroxide ... if sprayed on not long after accumulated, the bugs will foam up and can be wiped off easily.
2. Pledge is great. It softens the bugs so are wiped off and also leaves a wax shine. Motorcyclist use it to clean the bike windshield = leaving no scratches and also on the front of the bike that can get plastered with bugs. Spray it on - let it set for a few minutes and wipe off. Easy Peasy.

Never tried peroxide, but that's what I do with Pledge. By the time I spray all leading edges, the parts I sprayed first are soft enough to wipe right off. Keeps the paint a little slick so the new bugs don't stick as bad too.
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Old 05-26-2021, 02:23 PM   #55
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I agree to a point but in the city I live in I'm willing to put up with it. If we didn't have a HOA I'd have neighbors parking 6 or more cars on the lawn, half covered with tarps, just like the 2 miles of street I drive down on my way to the freeway.
My brother lived in the Seattle area for a long time. His last house was in an area with an HOA, which he sought out for the reasons you mention. It was an ok area, but nothing to really write home about.

I remember he had to get a new roof, and the HOA had to approve the shingles (of course the most expensive ones). He wanted to paint the front door - another approval. He bought roses to plant - another approval.

Yet his neighbor decided to save money on garbage collection and was storing their garbage on the deck. Rats and smell accompanied this. He called the HOA and was told there is nothing in the bylaws and there was nothing they could do, he would have to call the city. Worthless.
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Old 05-26-2021, 02:31 PM   #56
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They should be called HHOA which stands for Home Hostage Owners Association’s. I live in a rural wooded area and could not imagine living under the of tyrants and nitpickers. To me they are anti freedom and socialistic entities that only wish to impose higher standards than normal for the sheep who follow and have to pay for it.
Yep. 10 years ago we had an HOA. They were 5 of the most obnoxious people you ever wanted to meet. They acted like they owned all the property and let you live there as a privilege. Emboldened by their HOA positions they saw fit to enter your property at will, most of the time when nobody was home. They would then leave a note on your front door. The Troopers were notified and we were told to post conspicuous NO TRESPASSING signs on our property that conformed to Alaska Statutes. Needless to say, 3 members of that group didn't appreciate the signs and proceeded to go around one afternoon and start removing the signs. The Troopers were called and all 3 were arrested/charged with Criminal Trespass, a felony under Alaska Statutes. All 3 pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge and soon after resigned from the HOA. After that the HOA was dissolved. Since then nobody's house has lost any value.

Anyway, we continue to wash/wax our RV's, boats, snowmachines, ATV's in the driveways just like anybody else.
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HOA restrictions here in SW Florida. A nice man with a fancy trailer goes to the storage yard and washes mine periodically.
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Old 05-26-2021, 06:17 PM   #58
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Emboldened by their HOA positions they saw fit to enter your property at will, most of the time when nobody was home. They would then leave a note on your front door.
Emboldened wouldn't be a word I'd use. Totally Stupid is more in line with my thoughts. I've traveled and worked in AK and know what most Alaskans think about people who "tresspass". I think you know what I mean and it's a very big State.
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Decal discolored?

What can I use to make the light silver Catalina decals on the front silver again? The camper has only seen two seasons and just very recently I notice it is kind of reddish brown stain!! I have tried Meguiars cleaner/wax, bleach white tire cleaner and even rubbing compound with no results. I live about 4 blocks from a foundry and have never had any problems before, but wonder if there was something in the air that discolored? Does sun discolor the decals? The rest of the camper look fine. Even the white dog at the top is still white.
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