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Old 03-24-2016, 11:07 PM   #15
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I find about 2 out 3 campgrounds allow washing, except in California and maybe Washington, due to the drought. When not available, I do what "FIRE UP" does and wash it where I can with a power washer.

Recently, I took a cheap Harbor Freight power washer and disassembled it. Here it is on Harbor Freight's website: 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

I removed the cover and all of the superfluous stuff, leaving just the pump, which is about the size of a football. Here is a photo of the plastic cover.



This is the actual pump. I mounted it to the frame rail alongside my generator.



I ran a pvc pipe from the pump inlet to the edge of the body near the generator tailpipe. I put a standard 3/4 female hose fitting on the end so that I could quickly attach a water supply either from the campground or my own water pump.



The Harbor Freight power washer comes with a 25' power cord. I ran it down an upper frame rail into a bay where I had an outlet. I leave it secured near the outlet when not in use.

Lastly, I went to a local supply house and bought a 50' hose so I could walk around and wash my entire coach. I made a holder for the hose under the hood.



The entire project cost me under $200.00.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:53 AM   #16
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This is what I use. I usually do it in stages over a 2 or 3 day period.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:51 AM   #17
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DSD, I have that exact sprayer, but I also have the Blue Beacon app on our phones so we can get it done as the last stop of the day before the rv park.
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Sometimes I wish they had an option to just get the bugs off the front as one time I left the local blue beacon and on the way to the campground ran through a SWARM of bugs killing legions of them !
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:45 AM   #18
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Aircraft RV Cleaner Waterless Wash Wax Detailing Products Supplies
This one received a pretty good write up in Motor Home or similar magazine recently. I bought some on line and it just came but I haven't used it yet. Maybe tomorrow?
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:11 PM   #19
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I use a California Car Duster and the Wash-Wax system. Easy and works great.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:55 PM   #20
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When the CG does not allow washing, I simply purchase 6 gallons
of bottled water. Takes 2 gallons to wash and 3-4 gallons to
rinse. I soap it with a long handled sponge, and rinse with a
long handled brush, then dry with towels.
Everybody I've talked to suggests not using power washers,
window and door seals not meant for those kinds of pressures.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:01 PM   #21
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Gordon Dewald said: "We have local fellows do the washing and waxing. A wash is 35 and a wash and hand wax is 3 per foot. Really convenient."

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That's a steal, Gordon. Where are you located, I'll come there for cleaning alone.
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When the CG does not allow washing, I simply purchase 6 gallons
of bottled water. Takes 2 gallons to wash and 3-4 gallons to
rinse. I soap it with a long handled sponge, and rinse with a
long handled brush, then dry with towels.
Everybody I've talked to suggests not using power washers,
window and door seals not meant for those kinds of pressures.
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Try Waterless, all you need is a few Micro Fibre Towels.

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Old 03-25-2016, 06:37 PM   #23
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You can make this even easier/better! At many auto supply stores you can get a screw on "deionizer" to a hose bib and rinse, which totally eliminates the need to dry, while preventing any spotting ~ even in direct sun! It lasts for quite a few washes and worth it's weight in gold! (How do you think they keep all those UPS Brown trucks looking good every day!)

Any chance you could furnish a name and model? I'm not finding anything that would attach directly to the hose bibb. Thanks.
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...Recently, I took a cheap Harbor Freight power washer and disassembled it. Here it is on Harbor Freight's website: 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

I removed the cover and all of the superfluous stuff, leaving just the pump, which is about the size of a football. Here is a photo of the plastic cover.

[DELETED PHOTO]

This is the actual pump. I mounted it to the frame rail alongside my generator.

[DELETED PHOTO]

I ran a pvc pipe from the pump inlet to the edge of the body near the generator tailpipe. I put a standard 3/4 female hose fitting on the end so that I could quickly attach a water supply either from the campground or my own water pump.

[DELETED PHOTO]

The Harbor Freight power washer comes with a 25' power cord. I ran it down an upper frame rail into a bay where I had an outlet. I leave it secured near the outlet when not in use.

Lastly, I went to a local supply house and bought a 50' hose so I could walk around and wash my entire coach. I made a holder for the hose under the hood.

[DELETED PHOTO]

The entire project cost me under $200.00.
You win the INTERNET for the DAY! That is an awesome idea that shows SERIOUS THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.
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Like Gordon, we hire the local talent to wash/wax our rig. For the inside, we use a shark power head for the carpets and tile floors. Windows also get waxed and super cleaned using 0000 steel wool. Best of luck.
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Gordon Dewald said: "We have local fellows do the washing and waxing. A wash is 35 and a wash and hand wax is 3 per foot. Really convenient."

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That's a steal, Gordon. Where are you located, I'll come there for cleaning alone.
We are in Yuma, AZ.
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I find about 2 out 3 campgrounds allow washing, except in California and maybe Washington, due to the drought. When not available, I do what "FIRE UP" does and wash it where I can with a power washer.



Recently, I took a cheap Harbor Freight power washer and disassembled it. Here it is on Harbor Freight's website: 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer



I removed the cover and all of the superfluous stuff, leaving just the pump, which is about the size of a football. Here is a photo of the plastic cover.







This is the actual pump. I mounted it to the frame rail alongside my generator.







I ran a pvc pipe from the pump inlet to the edge of the body near the generator tailpipe. I put a standard 3/4 female hose fitting on the end so that I could quickly attach a water supply either from the campground or my own water pump.







The Harbor Freight power washer comes with a 25' power cord. I ran it down an upper frame rail into a bay where I had an outlet. I leave it secured near the outlet when not in use.



Lastly, I went to a local supply house and bought a 50' hose so I could walk around and wash my entire coach. I made a holder for the hose under the hood.







The entire project cost me under $200.00.

I love people that are not afraid to think outside the box... I like your Idea Don. Very nice!


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Old 03-26-2016, 11:04 AM   #28
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We do some ugly winter driving, and it gets filthy. I look for a Blue Beacon at a truck stop when it gets filthy. Other than that, my attitude is that its going to get dirty again, so unless it is pretty bad I leave it.
I'm with you. We no longer drive in snow or slush, but occasionally hit some rain. The last thing I want to do is waste my time washing a motor home just because it's a little dirty. If convenient, I will stop at a Blue Beacon and have a cup of coffee while they clean it.
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