Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-26-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
Boy am i stupid

Heres a good one, Still being new to RV's and thinking swiftly I decided to wash my rig yesterday. Since I dont have a pressure washer yet ,I did it with A bucket and Dawn Dishwashing Soap. rinsing and drying in sections. (Done it this way for years with cars) All was well until 2 hours later I decided I needed to move the rig and found the door was literally glued shut. Thought the lock was jammed and would have to call AAA. I had to crawl through a window and finally with me pushing and the wife pulling we got it open. The doorseal pulled off with it of course. I guess Dawn was not the best thing to use (lol)
My rig exterior is fiberglass and was treated with "Tritian" when we purchased it last year. I have 2 questions. First, What works well for washing the exterior, and also what is a good rubber conditioner. Your help will be appreciated. THANK YOU!!!

raayrob is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-26-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
Senior Member
Sky_Boss's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,572
What I just don't know that the way you washed it and/or the Dawn could have caused this to happen unless your seals were sooooo bad. I'll be watching this thread with interest.

Don, Sandee & GSD Zeus. Gardian Wings earned are GSDs Gunny (7/11/15) & Thor (5/5/15)
2006 DSDP 4320, Spartan MM IFS, 2013 CR-V, Blue Ox Avail, SMI AF1, Samsung 197R Refer.
Sky_Boss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
Senior Member
lthrnk's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Titusville, FL
Posts: 694
Any good carwash soap works, everybody has there own preferences. Dawn will clean, but it will also remove any wax on the MH. As for treating the rubber gaskets, tires, etc., use 303 Protectant. 303 is UV resistant and does not contain any petro distillants.
"Home is where we park it" SEMPER FI
Winnie 30 RESS UltraLite TT 2015
Ford F250 XLT 2015
lthrnk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #4
Senior Member
Tha_Rooster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4,074
Number one dawn will take off any grease or oil which is good but will also take off any wax. I use a Rv wax and wax gives it a spot free shine without drying. A spray silicone is good for rubber. I can't imagine dawn would melt rubber learn something new everyday.
2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40V
Tha_Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #5
Senior Member
Damon Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 466
I have NEVER used dishwashing soap for washing any of my vehicles, motor home included. It is not recommended because it will remove any protective wax or polish. I have Corvettes and other personal vehicles which only see a good soap intended for vehicles. Turtle Wax, Mothers and others come to mind. This is advice that I learned a number of years ago from a classic car detailer - dishwasher soap is intended for dishes.

bronk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 09:59 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
smlranger's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 6,359
Blog Entries: 1
Dawn (as with most dish washing detergents) should not be used on cars, boats or RV's unless you are desiring to remove all wax/polish in prep for a new wax or polish job. I agree that not sure washing it with Dawn had anything to do with your door seal sticking, but maybe.

I use Turtle Waz Zip Wash 'n Wax on my coach. There are plenty of good car wash products made by Meguairs, Rain Dance, etc. that will clean your coach and not take off the wax.
'07 Country Coach Allure 470 Siskiyou Summit #31578, Cummins ISL 425; 2014 Ford F150 toad; Air Force One Toad Brake.
Glen Allen, VA; Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
smlranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 10:08 AM   #7
Senior Member
BFlinn181's Avatar

Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 12,642
Dawn is a grease cutter, but I've never had it dissolve gasket adhesive. The fact that water and detergent caused your door seal to fail in your yard is better than have it fail on the highway or a campground. I've not heard of "Tritian" and tried to google it, came up with nothing. I'm curious, what is it?

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 10:29 AM   #8
Senior Member
Tom-NC's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Murphy, NC, USA
Posts: 1,006

I never use detergents on any of my vehicles. My car only sees water and never any soap.

On my Rv I use Gelgloss RV Wash N Wax but not all the time and mainly when I get back from a trip otherwise I just use plain water as I keep it waxed with Protect-all and have never had any problems.

After using Dawn I would give thwe entire RV a good coat of Wax or Protect-all.

Good Luck
2014 Winnebago Adventurer 35P,Ford F-53, V-10
2011 Ford Escape,2000 Roadmaster Tow Dolly
"Have a Great Day, Enjoy RVing."
Tom-NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #9
Senior Member
Max Hubrich's Avatar

Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Pikeville, NC
Posts: 1,705
Hi raayrob-

Welcome to this forum--

Use 303 Aerospace Protectant for the seals and your tires. It was developed for the space vehicles- Great stuff. You can buy it on line or most boat stores carry it.

I use Blue Coral wash and wax that you can buy in a large jug at Walmart. It works good too. I like to use warm water since it disolves grease and sap stains fairly easily. I also put a little bleach (Clorox) into the warm, soapy water. I then let it sit for 15 minutes or so (a section at a time) then rinse. I always wash my rig only on a cloudy day, in fact if it rains after the washing, that's even better.

We all learn as we go along--

Cheers and good luck with your new Motor Home-
Max H,
2002 Newmar Mountain Aire, 37', 3778, W-22, 8.1 Vortac, Ultra Power upgrade, CAI (cold air intake), Taylor wires, colder plugs, Koni shocks.
Max Hubrich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
Senior Member
doc's Avatar
Appalachian Campers
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Dixie !! (north Georgia) USA
Posts: 2,839
I use Blue Coral as well.
I am more interested in two things> 1. It might not be a good idea to use a pressure washer on a MH. They can cut caulking, lift decals and vinyl applications. 2. What do you think caused the door to stick like that? It seems a soap surface would be more of a lubricant than a glue.
Ideas from anyone?
doc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
Senior Member
ChileRick's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Palm Desert, Ca
Posts: 629
My rig exterior is fiberglass and was treated with "Tritian" when we purchased it last year. I have 2 questions. First, What works well for washing the exterior, and also what is a good rubber conditioner. Your help will be appreciated. THANK YOU!!!
We also have Trident protection on our coach, I would contact them and see what they suggest. I looked over our warranty and found no restrictions or recommendations on cleaning solutions. We use clear water and it seems to work just fine.
2012 Winnebago Sightseer
2003 Wrangler
...and a dog named Belle
ChileRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 11:03 AM   #12
Senior Member
BFlinn181's Avatar

Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 12,642
I googled Trident and found gum, then 'trident wax' and found zipper lubricant finally found it, a paint protection system. I don't think Dawn should damage it. Instead of wax, which requires rubbing on and buffing, only lasting a year, search this forum for 'Red Max Pro #3' for an easy to apply, long lasting sealant for fiberglass RVs and boats.

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #13
Senior Member
Dr4Film's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Varies Depending on The Weather
Posts: 7,555
I have been using Dawn for years on my coach and have never been locked out of the front door or any window or have my slides refused to go in or out.

I think you have a completely different problem WRT the door seals versus using Dawn diluted with water to wash anything.

Just my opinion.

Dr4Film ----- Richard
2002 Monaco Windsor PBT 40Ft. (R HOME) - 30Ft. 2006 Pace Trailer (R JUNK). Trailer Has 06 VUE (R TOWD) 04 Victory Alen Ness Edition (R RYDE). Full-Timer for 14 Yr's BUT now a Part-Timer. Cummins ISC-350 With Banks Power Pack and Upgraded PRXB PacBrake.
Winter Home in Flagler Beach FL - Now Staying in Dansville NY for the Summer.
Dr4Film is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2012, 11:19 AM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 138
Only use the Gel gloss RV wash and wax. Leaves a shine everytime. Hubby loves it on his motorcycle also.

Chandler Bing is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:20 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.