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Old 04-17-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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Thumbs up RV Windshield Cleaning Tool

I'm somewhat of a fanatic about having a clean windshield to look through. Cleaning the inside of a class "A" windshield can be a pain, especially when you have a bad back like I do.

I was at Bed Bath & Beyond with the DW the other day, and was looking over their "As Seen on TV" gadgets, when I came across an item called "Windshield Wonder" . It's bascially a plastic arm with a microfiber pad attached. I thought, Hmm, this might make cleaning the inside of the windshield a little less trying.

I'm happy to report that it works pretty well. No more climbing up on the dash on my knees, trying to access all corners of the glass. The plastic arm helps reach those areas while standing.

One thing though, forget the little spray bottle they give you with the kit. It's fine mist is useless. Use a regular spray bottle filled with water. Just don't spray too much water, as it will saturate the pad.

I paid $10 for it at BB&B. One could probably make a similar tool themselves for less, but I'm not that talented...

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i got one of those for a gag gift at Christmas. Now I can put it to use.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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They have them at Walmart also. I have been happy with mine.
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Craig,
You are supposed to spray the pad, not the windshield!!

I spray the windshield also. I guess they didn't figure that we would be cleaning such a large area. Of course my best cleaning method is for the DW to spray with Windex and use paper towels (DW does this, not me)
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:49 AM   #5
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Before they came out with those I got a "Swifter" and instead of a Swifter pad put a microfiber cloth on it.. I used to tow a Lumina APV (AKA dustbuster) and getting most of that giant windshield was.. Simply not possible using normal methods

For the outside of the windshield a professional window washer's brush and squeegee is a good suggestion .
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I got mine at Wally World. It makes cleaning a lot easier, but I think it is easier still when DW does it. I spray the pad, but I'm not sure one pad will clean the whole windshield. Maybe if I did it more often...
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We were told that Liquid Glass works great for treating the outside of the windshield so that bugs come off without all that scrubbing. It is also supposed to last longer than RainX, but work the same way in rain. We have yet to try it. Joe
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For the outside I have tried something different. I have one of those windshield pads with a squeegee on the back side, and it can be extended for the long reach. I use it for the front, including cap, of the MH with just plain water. I can do this at a truck stop, or anywhere. The soft side gets everything wet and clean, and the squeegee gets the excess water off. However, no matter how hard I tried, the squeegee left slight streaks. So, at Lowe's I picked up one of those microfiger dust mops (sweeper or whatever) and 3 extra pads. I'll use one pad to completely dry the windshield, then put another pad on, spray some Windex on it, and go over the entire windshield. it comes out squeaky clean. (For about a mile)
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Where can you buy a windshield cleaner like they have at the gas stations, but with a long enough handle to reach the top of the windshield on a motorhome?
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Where can you buy a windshield cleaner like they have at the gas stations, but with a long enough handle to reach the top of the windshield on a motorhome?
Bought mine at Camping World.
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Stump Jumper,

I've also seen them at Walmart in the Automotive section.
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For the outside I have tried something different. I have one of those windshield pads with a squeegee on the back side, and it can be extended for the long reach. I use it for the front, including cap, of the MH with just plain water. I can do this at a truck stop, or anywhere. The soft side gets everything wet and clean, and the squeegee gets the excess water off. However, no matter how hard I tried, the squeegee left slight streaks. So, at Lowe's I picked up one of those microfiger dust mops (sweeper or whatever) and 3 extra pads. I'll use one pad to completely dry the windshield, then put another pad on, spray some Windex on it, and go over the entire windshield. it comes out squeaky clean. (For about a mile)
Sounds like that's worth a try - thanks!
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Bug Cleaner

Since this discussion has moved to cleaning the outside of the windshield, I highly recommend Bugs 'r Off for cleaning those annoying dead bug splatters. Well worth the money IMHO.


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I haven't had much luck with the extendable ones that require you to twist them to lock. I found one at Walmart in the paint department that is 2 1/2' long and when a button is pressed, it extends from both ends. Locks in a number of positions, and is longer and stiffer than the ones you find at Flying J's. Not all WM's carry them, and they are pricey at around $20, but I don't think I'll need another one, ever. We've used this one for over 60.000 miles.

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