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Old 08-10-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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do you pressure wash your rv ?

just curious if you pressure wash your rv ? i would think it would be great on the roof !and for washing ! your thoughts an experiences plse
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Maybe for touch stains on the roof. This is what I used to wash the RV:

Premium Gel-Gloss Wash and Wax
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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If you want to remove decals, force water into the rig and damage the roof then by all means go ahead! I wouldn't do it and never have. Some do but they're very careful not to get too close, which really doesn't do much then. Might as well get a good nozzle on your hose and use it.
I used to do commercial pressure washing, but it was an 18 hp, 3600psi, 6 gal per min, hot water unit. It did great on buildings and sidewalks, would never get that unit even close to an RV
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No.
I never user my pressure washer on the rv.
Don't use it on my cars either.
Works good on my driveway, garage floor, and to strip and prep the house and deck for staining
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No NO NO!!!! hand wash only
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For all of the former reasons, and...

Never! Too harsh a treatment. Both for the force it exerts on the joints, seals and caulking that are the most important components in keeping this Flexible-Flyer weatherproofed...and the simple fact that cleaning involves a soapy solution to dislodge soil and not an "abrasive" water source that would scratch the grit into the finish as it attempts to remove it from the surface. You would be damaging the one feature that we all take pride in: the just-waxed finish.

Ditto also for the roof area. The proper roof cleaning is for a kitchen mop and sudsy water. No bending over needed. Nothing to be saved in time nor calories by using a pressure washer. Not to mention the abrasion of the roof edges from the power cord & water hose feeding the pressure-washer.
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I have been careful not to use my pressure washer on the fiberglass and decals, following the recommendations of my manufacturer. Then when I prepared my EPDM roof for a coating of Liquid Roof by EPDM Coatings, they recommended pressure washing it as a preparation for the coating. I did that with no apparent problems. Also, all pressure washers aren't created equal. Mine is about 1300 psi. I purposely bought one with less pressure to protect material I am washing and myself. Some pressure washers are up to 3000 psi. That is a really big difference. I have found mine to harm just about nothing.
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I do use my 2300 PSI power washer (with a special low pressure nozzle, of course) to wash the roof and gutters on my Bounder. The result is a spray that is no stronger than the average DIY car wash spray.

I also back up a few feet when necessary while towing my toad four down. EEEEK!

Two of the NO-NOs the purists here rail about. I've never hurt a thing yet.
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No. I have a team of Peruvian dwarfs that come over once a week to hand wash it with Indian Ocean sea sponges. They use all natural barcota soap we have milled for us in Alaska. Then they lightly hand polish the alloy wheels with Schnauzer-skin mitts, and finish with applying a soothing tire balm that Michelin makes for us in small batches.

It's the little touches that count...
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No. I have a team of Peruvian dwarfs that come over once a week to hand wash it with Indian Ocean sea sponges. They use all natural barcota soap we have milled for us in Alaska. Then they lightly hand polish the alloy wheels with Schnauzer-skin mitts, and finish with applying a soothing tire balm that Michelin makes for us in small batches.

It's the little touches that count...
Hey, Michelin told me they only make that stuff for me. What's going on here, it's not cheap.

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Sometimes... with the wand backed off from the MH about 2-3 feet or more if pointed at the top and I am on the ground. It is great for applying the soap suds! I have also used it on the roof with a low pressure nozzle and 2-3 feet back from the roof. If your seals are good and you are careful it is no harder pressure than normal city water or a very hard rain. I do get closer on the wheels and tires.
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No NO NO!!!! hand wash only
Agree.
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