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Old 07-15-2015, 02:08 PM   #1
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To Power Wash or Not???

Hi Folks!! Just finished our first trip ever pulling a toad! Great trip and our 2010 Winnebago journey DP didn't miss a beat. But it needs a bath bad!! We've only owned it a few months and hand washed it the first time, but geez it takes forever!! Have a power washer but wanted to get feedback from you seasoned pros about pressure to use and if it is OK to really get in the engine area with the power washer. We live on a dirt road and the back just gets covered in a fine dust when we come home...I'm sure the radiator and under Carriage are coated as well.

Thanks for you advice I advance!!

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Old 07-15-2015, 02:11 PM   #2
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I power wash once a year, the remainder is all soft brush wash with a soap and wax combo product (Turtle Wax at this time).
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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Definatly dont take a pressure washer to your radiators !
The fins are very thin metal, and bend easily. Low pressure only there.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:22 PM   #4
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Power washing is fine... if done right - heck the detailer that washed, hand waxed, and polished our wheels for $225 yesterday used a power washer...
they worked on the rv for 6 hours !

but look up Blue Beacon and for about $35 to $50 (depending on what you ask them to do) it's done and nice !!!
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:31 PM   #5
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John Boy Too, I wish I lived close to Blue Beacon but alas, it's about 80 miles from me. I live out in the middle of nowhere. Doubt Ill find a hand detailer so I guess I'll just get a bucket and some car wash.... Good exercise lol!!
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understand,
do what we do...
stop at the last one before the campground and then the one closest to home

And CERTAINLY hear ya on the good exercise !

I only did the detailers cuz groupon had a special and it was pretty neat the way they moved their ladder around the rv ... basically stayed on it and 'wobbled' it to the next section
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Beautiful, beautiful rig!!!! We went from a big 5er to a 36' Winnebago Journey. I do a lot of the driving and I was intimidated by the bigger buses, and we got a great buy on the Journey. However after several trips I'm thinking that bigger is better! I bet that extra axel makes for a more stable ride!!! I love the Journey but everytime me pass a Phaeton or anything with two rear axle, I get wandering eyes. Dear hubby is ready to shoot me lol!!!
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I have never power wash any of my RVs. To much chance of peeling off a decal or driving water where it should not be and you don't want it.
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Keep in mind a power washer does not remove the thin film of oil like washing with an RV brush or hand washing with a sponge. Whether one is safe for paint and decals depends entirely on the operator knowledge and the pressure washers pressure output. I have a small 120VAC pressure washer from Home Depot with an out put of 1,000psi. I doubt it really has that psi output though. I carry it when we are headed South for the winter to quickly wash away salt and sand after we are South of the rust belt. I carried it to Alaska to rinse away road dirt from driving the Alaska highway and its crushed rock sections.
After reflection, I think a hose spray nozzle
that produces a spray like a power washer should do just as well.
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A lot of late model motor homes use Vinyl Graphics (Decals) They will peel off real easy with a power washer if you use the High pressure nozzle, I had this happen on a previous motor home. Be very careful with a power washer. Mine puts out 1900 Lbs of pressure.
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My coach is not that big, I just wash by hand.
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