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Old 01-06-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Power washing motor home

Should we and what model and size do we get? Thanks
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I do BUT I have been trained on how to use a pressure washer without damaging stuff.

I have a Karcher with a Honda engine that puts out 3000 psi.

Karcher G3050OH - 3000 PSI (Gas-Cold Water) Pressure Washer w/ Honda Engine

I use it for the roof to get out all of the oxidation, for the radiator stack and engine, under-body and wheel wells, etc.

There are many places that won't let you wash your coach with a regular hose BUT will let you use a pressure washer as it uses less water.

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I have an electric powered small unit. 1800 psi I think. Works well. Use it on the cars, jeep, Motorhome, etc. you don't need a lot of pressure. Too much pressure can damage decals and the like. I avoid spraying directly at/into refrigerator vents , etc.
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I wouldn't let anyone near my MH with one. They're not necessary and they can do a lot of damage even if you think you know what you're doing. I've driven the top of the world hwy in Alaska. It was the dirtiest road I've ever been on. The coach cleaned up with a soft brush , soap and water.
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roger the soft brush, soap and water.
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Power washers can damage the roof and cause future leaks. Might be OK on the sides but I don't want one near my rig!
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A lambs wool pad is even better with the newer coach's paint. Brushes can scratch
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Usually I only let the Blue Beacon wash the rig with their power washer. They washed our Jayco for 14 years with no damage. We only wash our oilfield trucks with a power washer. I modified the Hotsy washer so we can inject gasoline and the usual soap. Soap won't take Crude oil off, but gas will. Any time you rub your paint with any brush or cloth, you are scratching the paint. Hands free is the only way to go. This truck is 13 years old, spending its whole life in the oilfields and only been washed by the Blue Beacon with power washer, or by are own power washer with gas or soap injection. I invented the gas system myself, and people come by to use it all the time when their equipment gets a crude oil bath on the job, and they need to clean it off.
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This rig is 8 years old.
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A lambs wool pad is even better with the newer coach's paint. Brushes can scratch
Exactly what Newmar says for their rigs.

Son had a 3,600 psi, 6 GPM hot water unit. I have a 3,000 psi, 3 GPM unit at home. I wouldn't use either one of these on anything on my MH. Although the home unit might be useful to spray the soap on the rig, but not with the high pressure cleaning nozzles.
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This motorhome is over a year and a half old and has never been washed anywhere but but the
Blue Beacon Truck wash. Newmar says to never brush their paint as it will leave swirl and brush marks. The Blue Beacon uses nothing but power washers?
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I am thinking that RV paint should not be any more delicate than that on my Wrangler, or the classic 55 Chevy I had, or a shiny OTR truck like KSCRUDE has.

No matter! I dont have enough capability in my skeletal remains (or ambition, or patience) to baby it. I can afford the time, but have better uses for it. So I pay folks in the resorts, and I take it to Blue Beacon. It is not my fault it still looks drop dead gorgeous. Right?
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3 year old Jeep, only been washed at the Blue Beacon with high pressure power washer. Over 30 thousand miles.
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