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Old 03-08-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Good coach washing product?

I don't see this issue discussed elsewhere so I will bring it up.

We are half way through our first "big" trip (800 miles) and our main travel day was through ice, snow, and sleet. My beautifully polished brand new coach picked up a lot of road grime on that drive. I had a bottle of McGuires car soap which claims as its major advantages to 1.) clean well, and 2.) not remove the wax.

Well, it does clean OK, but it (or the paint) leaves a lot of water marks or bead marks on the paint and windows, if you don't towel dry everything. I am wondering if others have a preferred wash that doesn't remove the wax but dries well, without a lot of water marking that you would like to suggest?

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Here is a thread Gary that might help you out, it is not the soap, soft water, you need DI water if you want spot free.........There are other threads on the DI systems on here some where....... De-Ionize and Water Softening Wash Systems

http://www.crspotless.com/
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Good coach washing product?

Blue Beacon does a good job. A bit of dew and wind dusts it up soon enough, let alone 3 minutes on the road with a sprinkle or downpour.
For your rig, I would fear the corrosion from road salts. Lots if DAMAGE can happen in a hurry! :(
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I made one of these ***CAR/RV WASHING SPOT FREE WATER SOFTENER/DEIONIZER***
out of PVc and a 1/2 spray sprinkler head. I buy the deionize beads at a local water softener store. Works great, easy to carry in the MH and it dries spot free. If I can find the instructions, I'll post it.
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Seems like the DI water is very cost and equipment prohibitive. You can remove water spots with distilled water and a towel. The distilled water dissolves the minerals. Rinse the towel often and change the water a couple of times for the entire coach. You have to approach it as "love" situation. You love your coach and you want to make it look as good as you can so you do not feel that a little "elbow grease" is too much to commit to. Be aware that there are RV parks that prohibit washing your coach. They will allow some locals with a tank of water and a power washer to do it at so much per foot. Been there, done that, you take what you can get. But when you can do it yourself, give your coach some love. I do. Hopefully she'll love you back. Also we all go though the same stuff. If your coach isn't spotless all the time, we understand.
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I made mine for about $5.00 in parts. The beads cost me a buck for a small bag at a local water softener store. Profession window washers use the deionizoing beads in their machines, so they carry it in stock. Connect it to the hose, rinse, then walk away.

Distilled water wipe down does work too, but too much like work
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Chuck, what diameter PVC, how long? How long will the beads hold up? Do you have to replace the beads after every wash?

I've got a bunch of PVC laying around and am interested in making one up.

Talk about some serious water spotting, when we were in parts of Idaho and Oregon last summer, several RV parks had in-ground irrigation systems to water the grass at night. Even though I wiped the water off the coach first thing every AM, I could not get some of the spots off. It was some serious hard water.
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I found the instruction on how to make a deionizer with photos in my emails. If you would like a copy PM me your email and I will be happy to send it.

The beads last 2 or 3 washes depending on how hard the water is. I bought 20 lbs of beads for $20. and put them in zip lock sandwich bags. Just the right amount to fill the water stick. I carry a couple of bags in the MH the rest I keep at home.
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I made mine for about $5.00 in parts. The beads cost me a buck for a small bag at a local water softener store. Profession window washers use the deionizoing beads in their machines, so they carry it in stock. Connect it to the hose, rinse, then walk away.

Distilled water wipe down does work too, but too much like work
Would you care to pass along the instructions? Thanks in advance!
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Would you care to pass along the instructions? Thanks in advance!
PM me your email address and I will send photo instructions in the morning.
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Being relatively new to this, I hope one of our resident experts can answer a question for me.

It is obvious that de-ionizing water can get relatively expensive, especially if the water source has a lot of dissolved solids. I currently have an On the Go water softener installed in my coach. Love it - works great. Can I significantly extend the life of the resin in a de-ionizer unit if I run the water through the water softener first, or am I just replacing one set of solids with another?
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If you are wanting a copy of the photo instruction I will need your regular email address. I cannot send it to a PM email as it is an old photo file email that has to be attached to a civilian email address. For those that PM me without your email address, I can't send the instructions.

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Being relatively new to this, I hope one of our resident experts can answer a question for me.

It is obvious that de-ionizing water can get relatively expensive, especially if the water source has a lot of dissolved solids. I currently have an On the Go water softener installed in my coach. Love it - works great. Can I significantly extend the life of the resin in a de-ionizer unit if I run the water through the water softener first, or am I just replacing one set of solids with another?
Yes, you will extended the life of the de-ionizing beads by going through a water softener first, plus it does a little better job of the final rinse, depending on the areas water.

If you make the de-ionizer yourself, it is easy, then the cost is about the same as purchasing soap to wash the MH.
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Chuck, I see on the Water Stick website both black and gold resin (beads) which are used together in their unit. What should I ask for when I contact some local water conditioning places in my area?

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