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Old 09-10-2016, 10:35 PM   #1
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Talking Cleaning Up The MurderBus

Okay, this is a small thing that I thought I'd share in appreciation of the forum's collective wisdom. None of us are as dumb as all of us!

Back in March, I bought my wife and I our first RV, a '94 HR Imperial pusher Class A. As soon as I had the cleared title in my hands, I picked up my wife at El Paso airport, and we spent 3 days driving the coach from Alamogordo back to Dallas. We had a blast! Then in May, we attended a small regional rally in Central Texas for a kind of dry-run with the rig.

That's when we finally stepped out of the coach while the privacy curtains were drawn across the windshield...

Eeeeek!!!

This is how we discovered the awful staining across the drape liner. I mean it was BAD, something out of a horror movie, the color of dried blood. I told my wife we're living in the murderbus. Embarrassing!

I bought a big sheet of reflective sun shade, and we refrained from using the windshield drapes all summer. I thought for sure we'd have to order the custom replacement curtains. Long story short: I finally found the usual discussions on this problem and the OxyClean best practices.

I pulled the driver's side panel and took it home from the storage yard; told my wife that "everyone says" you can clean this up in the wash. I was met with cool skepticism, which is a funny role-reversal for us. Four maxed-out wash cycles later, and the results are in.

Thanks for all the help, y'all. That saved me a few hundred bucks!
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It looks like it was well worth the effort to clean them.
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The "Before" picture has a certain unique appeal.
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Yeah, looks like a "Carrie-mobile" to me!

Looks like it probably had a leak there around the door with the curtain pulled back.
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Wow! Amazing difference. Good job!
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What caused the stains in the first place?
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Yeah, looks like a "Carrie-mobile" to me!

Looks like it probably had a leak there around the door with the curtain pulled back.
One of my friends who saw this photo said it looked like a cross between National Lampoon Vacation and Carrie. Pretty funny!

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Hahaha.., heh.

Honestly, I'm the newb here and have no idea. The other folks who've had this problem seem to think it's condensation. Thing is, this coach has lived it's whole life before now (when not on the road) in New Mexico. The three previous owners all lived around Las Cruces and Alamogordo; this rig is baked dry as bone. There is no evidence of any leaks, ever (aside from the curtains, obviously). First thing I did when getting it home (N Texas) was have the roof inspected and recaulked.

tkcas01's notion that the staining occurred while the curtains were gathered seems like a pretty smart observation.
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I wonder if Walter White ever cooked a batch in that unit?


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I liked the before version. It gave it character.
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REDRUM!

And yes, I know of what I speak. The area where the front cap and the roof meet the sidewalls there around the cockpit seem to experience alot of flex, seams can separate and leaks can occur. Water gets in and causes the steel frame to rust and it finds its way inside. Been there, seen that.
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I liked the before version. It gave it character.
No doubt! A ton of character.., a leeetle too much character.

The baked-out paint on this bad boy definitely lets it down unfairly, especially in front. I suspect it spent years parked facing directly East or West out in Las Cruces, and the sun really did a number on the caps.

Here is a better perspective of the coach right after a wash-up...
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So you just ran it though regular wash cycles or you soaked in Oxyclean first?


I only ask because my class C has a similar (well, much less obvious) stain on the front bunk curtains, probably due to something pressing the curtain against the glass.


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