I have done a search on this and found a lot of information. But most of it was kind of dated so I thought I would bring this up for another round of suggestions and ideas. My 2002 Minnie Winnie was very well taken care of and I would like to keep it that way. So here is my list for those that care to offer:
(1) Brushes...what works well and where to get them
(2) Soaps...which ones work best for RV's (fiberglass)
(3) Waxes...which kind...how often...best application technique
(4) Bugs, bugs, bugs...what to do about them *&*%$# bugs...
One last thing...I'm VERY green to RV'ing but hooked since day one. I love camping world though some things are cheaper in other stores. Has anyone used the Thetford washing, waxing products? Thanx in advance to all that offer advice and have a nice day :-)
I use either Dawn liquid soap or Turtle Wax ZIP wax for washing. Rejex is good for getting bugs off the front. I only use NuFinish polish on the gel coat sidings. I have used other wax products but found that NuFinish goes on easy and comes off easier.
i use a telescoping brush which i got at a Meijer's store years ago. it has a large orange colored brush which is very soft and long. It takes alot of the dirt off without alot of effort. i am sure that Camper's world would have them as well. expect to pay at least $35.00 for them as well. I NEVER use the hose connected to it since I found that I get better results with just dipping in into the the pail and then using it on the side of the 5er.
Get it waxed first. Then use only water for washing. Washing compounds or detergents will remove the wax, and while it looks clean when you finish, the finish will soon get quite dirty with no wax. I use a long handled brush for the top and a lambswool mit for the bottom where I can reach. I then use a squegee to remove the water beads and dry with a artificial shamois (the kind with tiny holes).
For bad bugs, like the butterflies that dry yellow, I have found nothing better than "Bugs-B-Gone". But when you use it, it will remove your wax so be sure and rewax where you had to use it.
For wax, when I had a fiberglass sided unit, I used "Protect-All", only the aerosol cans. The liquid always went on unevenly and appeared as spots. For my current aluminum sided rig, I use a poly liquid on the sides and a NON ABRASIVE paste wax on the hood and rear - the air stream over these areas take off the poly too quickly.
I just finished a rewax because last week I ran through swarms of those $&%^* butterflies. It took about a half-hour to use the bugs-b-gone and wash off the residue, then a half-hour to apply new poly and wipe off the residue, then about two hours to poly wipe the sides and remove that residue, then an hour and a half to apply the paste wax front and read and wipe that all off. Once you get a routine, it goes quite fast.
Using this system, I generally have to rewax twice a year. When I have to remove bugs, I just repoly those areas I had to use the bugs-b-gone. My rig is near seven years old and looks like it is still on a showroom floor.