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Old 09-03-2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy How clean is your Newmar?

Okay, I'm ending a 34 day caravan and my rig is in dire need of a bath. I washed it once along the way but still, can't say it's factory pickup clean! I just left a campground in Deadwood, SD and there was another Newmar that arrived after me. A DSDP so I went and said hello. Holy spotless batman! I asked if it was new, she said yes, got it last January? January???? I just got mine two months ago. There wasn't a spot or bug on it! Nothing! I left the campground in shame.

How clean do you keep your Newmar? Am I going to be asked to remove the Newmar signage? I guess I better start cleaning more often and more thoroughly. I truly do feel I need to keep up with cleaning the exterior better. And no reason not to, other than campgrounds frown upon it, I have all the cleaning gear including electric power washer with me. I mean their wheels and everything were shiny as can be!!!

So do you keep yours factory new too? Tell me I'm not the only one that is a disgrace to the shiny Newmar representation!
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:08 PM   #2
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Neal,

You are kidding right? Of course it is to be kept clean at all times! I kinda of thought of you as Mr. Newmar, hmmm.
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:09 PM   #3
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I clean the bugs off the front at every fill up and I wash it all down with wash wax all at every campground. I keep mine looking factory new. That's just me. The DW does the same with the inside. It's small enough to keep clean. C'mon Neal, don't embarrass the rest of us!
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:10 PM   #4
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I'm heading for the hose now...brb
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Some times if I pull in after a rain and bad roads and it's really dirty, I'll inquire at checkin. They always have some locals who'll come wash the coach for you. I usually pay $100
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:20 PM   #6
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Rest assured my coach will be blindingly reflective at the Newmar rally!
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:55 PM   #7
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The simple fix is to back-up 50 feet, close one eye and squint with the other. You'll see that beautiful rig you brought home 2 months ago.
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:11 PM   #8
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Neal:

Don't let the Mr. Clean Jeans crowd hassle you! . We all drive down the same dirty roads and hit the same ugly bugs. While I do like to keep my rig clean, I don't obsess about it.

The suggestion of finding a local guy to wash it has worked well for me on many occasions. We own a lot in a premier RV resort in Montana and have a local guy come in the day we arrive to do a wash job. He does great work, is very careful and is reasonable in his fee. He even brings with him a tank truck with de-ionized water for the wash and rinse.

Another option...which I have used on occasion...is a truck wash. Be sure they do a hand wash rather than rotary brushes, however.

And, treating the front of your MH with Rejex will make the bugs come off a whole lot easier when you need to wash it yourself.

Remember, a motorhome is simply a tool that allows you to enjoy your travels in some level of comfort; it is not a fashion statement (at least for most of us). Keeping your rig clean is nice, but it doesn't need to be the entire focus of your RV experience.

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How clean do you keep your Newmar? Am I going to be asked to remove the Newmar signage?
When I read this I envisioned the intro to the old TV show "Branded"
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You most likely have had more fun than they have. Don't worry about it.
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I make a point to clean the bugs off the front cap ASAP. The rest can happen when it happens. Bugs can damage the Diamond Shield and I like a clean windshield when driving. When I'm filling at a truck stop (Pilot or Flying J) I will use the windshield scrubber on both the windshield and Diamond Shield IF THE SCRUBBER IS FAIRLY NEW. Yes it will leave some streaks but that comes off easily when it is finally washed.
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I make a point to clean the bugs off the front cap ASAP. The rest can happen when it happens. Bugs can damage the Diamond Shield and I like a clean windshield when driving. When I'm filling at a truck stop (Pilot or Flying J) I will use the windshield scrubber on both the windshield and Diamond Shield IF THE SCRUBBER IS FAIRLY NEW. Yes it will leave some streaks but that comes off easily when it is finally washed.
Off topic Dan, but don't you find the Pilots or Js the most expensive fuel in town, even after the good Sam discount? I've asked why all the truckers fuel there and they say it's because they get a fleet discount at the end of the month.
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Off topic Dan, but don't you find the Pilots or Js the most expensive fuel in town, even after the good Sam discount? I've asked why all the truckers fuel there and they say it's because they get a fleet discount at the end of the month.
Yes and No - it depends where the station is. If it's on the interstate they may have to add a tax causing their prices to be higher. I got gas today at a Flying J NOT on an interstate (strange) and it was the cheapest I've seen in my last month of travel at 2.45/gal after good sam discount.

A few days ago I paid over 10 cents more per gallon than the station across the street because I chose Flying J for the convenience, diesel turnover, DEF available, and just the ease of access.

Back on topic I too try to deal with bugs at the truck stops and hope they put something special in their cleaner, which appears to be much higher concentrated window cleaner, to help get them off. I too will carefully scrub the diamond shield area too to get some of the bugs off there.
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Yes and No - it depends where the station is. If it's on the interstate they may have to add a tax causing their prices to be higher. I got gas today at a Flying J NOT on an interstate (strange) and it was the cheapest I've seen in my last month of travel at 2.45/gal after good sam discount.

A few days ago I paid over 10 cents more per gallon than the station across the street because I chose Flying J for the convenience, diesel turnover, DEF available, and just the ease of access.

Back on topic I too try to deal with bugs at the truck stops and hope they put something special in their cleaner, which appears to be much higher concentrated window cleaner, to help get them off. I too will carefully scrub the diamond shield area too to get some of the bugs off there.
Newmar really frowns on the windshield cleaners especially the concentrated ones at the truck stops on their brochures. It's supposed to be hard on that "diamond shield" on the front cap. If you keep using it, let us know if it spoils the front end or not. I've worked hard to stay away from it.
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