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bcj65

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Posted: 06/04/02 11:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just purchased my first RV, a 27-foot Tahoe TT and have searched the web for advice on washing the exterior, but can't seem to find any. I would appreciate some thoughts on the best and easiest ways to keep the exterior clean and looking new.

Should I wash and dry it by hand? Are there RV washes available in most cities? What about truck washes?

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Posted: 06/05/02 02:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most truck stops will wash them for a small fee. I assure you that once you do it yourself, you will be willing to pay the fee.



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BC:

Hiya...... actually, it is pretty simple.

I use my gardenhose connected to a simple rv brush adapter that auto feeds the liquid cleaner. For the dark streaks, I have a bucket beside me with a strong solution of Purple Power (from Walmart) mixed with water. The entire process, excluding the roof, only takes me about 20 minutes. The exercise doesn't hurt either.

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If you don't want the black streaks to reappear too soon you should wash the roof and gutters first. Treat the roof to a protectant. Then wash the sides. I like black streak remover from Walmart. Your trailer will stay cleaner longer.


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Hey there Bryan.
What i did was purchase an adjustable brush from Camping World.
http://www.campingworld.com/browse/skus/index.cfm?skunum=19698&src=SRCH&tcode=37

This makes it so much easier to wash.
Go to Griots site for all your cleaning supplies.
They are on the expensive side but have top notch stuff.
http://www.griotsgarage.com/index.jsp

You can give them a call and they will be more than happy to help you for all your questions.

One thing i do also when i have my trailer parked is to raise the front up so the water runs to the back. Then i try and angle the trailer to the opposite side the awning side. That way the water runs off the back and to the one side. This way its easier to clean the black streak in just one area instead of all over the trailer.

Hope this helps.


*This Message was edited on 05-Jun-02 12:37 PM by Todd*



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Here's what I did -- I bought a cheap extension brush from Wal-Mart replaced it with a good extension brush from Costco for only a few $$ more gave the first one to my son to help/hinder.

I use a good car wash solution and fill a 5 gallon bucket with hot water and soap. Wet the trailer and then wash. The first few times I kept thinking that there has to be a better way, and discovered after waxing and buffing the trailer that the waxed trailer not only looks better longer, but is a whole lot easier to wash!

I have my kids help and we wash the fleet -- TT, F350, Expedition, Gran Marquis, Focus and ski boat. No help, no play. It only took a great Saturday of cleaning the boat for the kids to discover that until the boat was ready we were not going and if we did not leave by such and such time we would not be getting in the water.

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All of these suggestions are great.

Here are a couple of things that I do as well.

I use one of the extension brushed like everyone was talking about. What I do different is put the cleaner into a garden type sprayer. Wet down, spray on cleaner, brush, and rinse. You can get thru a 30' trailer pretty quick that way.

The other thing that I have done is attach wooden clothespins to the gutter drain spouts. The water will wick out to the end of the clothspin and drip off further from the trailer, eliminating / reducing the black streaks. The clothspins will stay on while travelling also.







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I also use spray on wax. I use it on the front especially. It makes washing the bugs off much easier.


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Buying a cheap electric power washer from Sam's works too.



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Thanks for all your suggestions. I posted this before I realized I could search the past years worth of threads on any subject. I have many good ideas now and will experiment to see what works best for me. Thanks again!

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