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I just spent a good part of the day washing our layton 32' trailer. I use rv brush. Does anyone have a quicker way to do this? Would a power washer be to much?

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Something that I have found useful is dumping your prefered cleaning solution into a garden sprayer (I have one dedicated to the TT) and using that to spray TT after hosing it down. THen I use one of those extendable brushes that attach to the garden hose. Works well for me. Just remeber to rinse out the sprayer when you are done.

I did this at our site 2 weeks ago. Our neighbors were amazed how quick I was done.


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Using a power washer can be tricky and actually do damage if not careful. Many RVs have graphic decals applied to the sides. A powerwasher can wash them right off. Also, if you point high pressure into seams, where two parts of the RV join, it can undermine and damage the caulking.

I used my power washer once but figured I was going to need to brush the outside anyway and rinse. So I went back to a regular hose with jet nozzle.

Something I've used to do a quick wash of the RV was the Windex product that is meant to wash the outside of your home and outside of your windows. You attach the bottled product to the end of your hose. It has a valve for spraying the product. It is quite easy to use and does a good job of removing surface grit without brushing. It does not remove black streaks without brushing though.




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Pressure washers can force water into and past caulking that normally holds up to rain. It can force water beyond window weatherstripping too. I ues a normal garden hose nozzle set to FLAT SPRAY and that's good enough ... imitates a downpour at the very worst not a water jet of 1000psi+.


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I have a pressure washer I use. It rinses of the dirt and is good for rinsing but other than that it wont help in the cleaning of your trailer much more than a hose with a sprayer. I always wash my trailer when I return home from a trip and keep my roof clean. I use a rv wash/wax and a brush with a extendable handle.

One thing that I have found. If you use a wash/wax its much easier to get the black streaks off that will occure after a couple of good rains. But what I have also found is this stuff called Grease Lightning. It gets those steaks off in one swipe "IF" you keep your trailer clean. Once those streaks get on there for awhile...well, just ask my brother...hes still scrubbing.




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Be sure to wash the roof first. It will help keep your RV cleaner longer. Learned this the hard way. Spent all afternoon cleaning the sides, and the 1st rain caused black streaks. AGH!




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Be careful if you use Greased Lightning, it says not to use on aluminum finish.

Some truck stops have drive in car washes, maybe you can find one of those.


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