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Do any of you use a pressure washer to clean your RV? Is it harsh on the finish and decals? Seems like it would be useful to wash an RV, especially when you don't want to climb a tall ladder. I noticed one of the Black Friday flyers has one advertised at a good price.

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Works great if used carefully.


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Use very carefully. Better to soap the sides gently and rinse...but “back off” if using water under high pressure. For the roof, follow manufacturer’s recommendations. Winnebago says to clean my roof yearly, after which I seal seams, solar panel feet etc.


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Posted: 11/27/19 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never used a pressure washer on any of my RVs. But I've used them to strip paint off wooden fences. For this reason I've never used one on my RV's. Get the nozzle too close and there goes a hole in my fiberglass wall!

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I would not worry too much if it is only a 1500PSI, usually electric, washer however I would not waste money getting one that weak.

I have a 2500PSI gas washer used primarily for boat bottoms, house roof, concrete driveway. Effective but nowhere near a good as a 3000 or a 5000PSI. Get yourself a nice soft brush, a decent length adjustable painters staff from Lowes or somewhere, a bucket of of soapy water & go at it.

Much more effective & safer for the graphics than a pressure washer. The only time mine has seen a pressure washer is in TOK, Alaska at a fuel station there where you can wash your RV after you buy fuel. Feels like a 3000PSI but I keep my distance & use it to get the chunky bits off then rinse after brush & soap.


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Veebyes wrote:

I would not worry too much if it is only a 1500PSI, usually electric, washer however I would not waste money getting one that weak.

I have a 2500PSI gas washer used primarily for boat bottoms, house roof, concrete driveway. Effective but nowhere near a good as a 3000 or a 5000PSI. Get yourself a nice soft brush, a decent length adjustable painters staff from Lowes or somewhere, a bucket of of soapy water & go at it.

Much more effective & safer for the graphics than a pressure washer. The only time mine has seen a pressure washer is in TOK, Alaska at a fuel station there where you can wash your RV after you buy fuel. Feels like a 3000PSI but I keep my distance & use it to get the chunky bits off then rinse after brush & soap.

Used an electric 1500 on the roof this year, worked great. Added Oxiclean to the soap water, soft brush, pressure washer rinsed and it's like new. I'll keep the gas for the truck, shop & driveway.


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I have always used a pressure washer on my units. I do however make sure of a couple things. Try and go with the graphics so as not to get under the edge. I always use the fan type spray never the full pressure one.

Over the years I have never seen a problem. I put a diluted turtle wax, wash and wax product in the soap reservoir. Wet down the a part of the rig spray the wash and was on. I then use a brush made for RVs to help remove the dirt. Rise off and go to next section, and so on


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I have never heard of anyone attempting to clean their car with a pressure washer. If no one using it on a car, why try with an RV?

Several years ago I put a ZEP finish on mine. I add an additional coat every year or so and the RV washes clean easily.

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IMO pressure washer will do a decent job of getting into little areas that you might miss with just a hose and mitt but doesn’t get it really clean. I get the same almost clean when taking car through a no touch or DIY spray car wash. If I have to use a brush or mitt, bucket of soapy water and hose why bring out the power washer?


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If using a pressure washer, it would be good to wax the RV afterwards.

My pressure washer was something I had to walk away from when I moved to full time--just not enough storage for it to come with me.


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