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Old 03-26-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Finally pulled the trigger on joining! We have finally upgraded to an unbelievably nice camper. Very pleased with our purchase. It is still very clean and the fiberglass is very glossy. My question is maintenance and its two part.1) what is the best wax to keep the camper glossy.?And 2) best roof maintenance ideas, cleaners, caulk, protection? Thanks for any input. And sorry if my questions are very common or newbie.

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Old 03-26-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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HI Johnny

Glad to have you here with us.

Congratulations on your upgrade. Keeping the finish looking good is a question of how much work you want to do on it. Some waxes can make it a year others need to be done as often as every three months. I use Meguiars on my coach plus I apply Rejex on the front and windows. It is great for bugs. If your roof is fiberglass same thing. If it's something else let us know.

Good luck! Happy Trails!!

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Old 03-27-2016, 02:43 AM   #3
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Is your RV fiberglass exterior walls? There are two types of fiberglass. The cheaper type is called "Filon" and it has somewhat of a slight texture. Or the real fiberglass which is very smooth. 99% of hybrids if not aluminum will be the Filon fiberglass. If I remember right the Roo's are Filon.

Either one you can use a product call "Gel-Gloss" it's both a cleaner and a wax. Sold in 16, 32, 64oz or gallon size. The 64 oz. jug lasts me 4-5 years.

Each time I wash my trailer I'll do maybe half a side, Or do the front cap just before a long trip. Keeping the front cap well waxed lets you just wash the bugs off. Their HD (heavy duty) Gel Gloss also has a added UV protector. It costs more, so I use that only on the decal areas. If you don't wax your decals, they will start to fad by the 3rd season.

To use, I have a box of terry cloth shop towels or old bath hand towels. Put a 1-2" dollop on the towel, work it in a area of 2 by 2' or 3' by 3'. It will get any black streaks off, tar, oxidation...you name it. I have even used it on a friends 1999 Aerolite hybrid that had not been touch for at least 10 years. I mean the filon was nearly black in color. Even brought the shine back. Now as you work the area, leave some on, let it dry / haze up for maybe 15 - 30 minutes, and then buff it off with another clean soft towel. So as you work area to area, each time you put another dollop of Gel Gloss on use another area of the towel. So a small 18" shop rag you might only get 10' of wall done. FYI: As in any wax, don't do it in the direct hot sun. If it's a 45 or 50 degree day, you can get away with some sun on the wall section your doing. You really don't want the wall surface "Hot" to the touch.

Now if you start to get a few "used" rags / towels all filled up with gunk. I'll put them in a 5 gallon pail and fill it with water, hot if you have it and wash them out maybe 5 times. It will take that many times to get the dirty wax out of the towels to be able to reuse them after they dry.

Over the 8 month camping season, I may get around my 26' hybrid 2-1/2 or 3 times.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #4
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If you plan to wax/polish your RV I recommend an electric buffer/polisher.

I can do my 25' TT in about 60 minutes with mine. Keeps me motivated to do it, makes it much less of a task to avoid.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:53 AM   #5
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Me too

I bought an inexpensive buffer for this purpose and these same motivations. From my reading, it doesn't take much to get the job done.

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If you plan to wax/polish your RV I recommend an electric buffer/polisher.

I can do my 25' TT in about 60 minutes with mine. Keeps me motivated to do it, makes it much less of a task to avoid.
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Old 07-23-2017, 10:21 PM   #6
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I would use the new Meguiars Ultimate Wax. It CAN be used in direct sun. There actually have been advances is the last few years. It is my wife's favorite wax and it has cut down the time it takes her to complete the job. She taught her daughter to use the same product on her trailer.
Use the Dicor products, one for cleaning and one for protection. Check all caulking before using and use their self leveling caulk.should be good to go. Not hard and I do it twice a year even though my trailer is in covered storage.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:34 PM   #7
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Ditto on Meguiars Ultimate wax. Not a real wax; it is actually one of the new generation of synthetics with superior protection and longevity. It will last 6 months to one year. The best real carnuba waxes only last one to two months. I have used this on my cars for a few years now.

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