Work, but worth it
I'm spoiled in my normal wash routine to have a covered wash area at our RV storage yard (no added charge to use). Even though they have a pressure washer, I prefer to use the hose and a nozzle. I use the following:
1) Car wash soap. Either Blue Coral or RainX brands.
2) An Unger 14 in. Window Scrubber with Microfiber and Overmold Grip Connect and Clean Locking System (Home Depot). The Microfibers don't scratch the gelcoat (soft). I use an extension pole with this scrubber and insert it into a window cleaning bucket that is wide enough. This allows me to reach the entire RV. I use it on the roof as well. 3) For lower areas that are easy to reach, I use a wash mitt that also is soft / non-scratching.
4) Once the wash and rinse is complete, I use an inexpensive Toro Power Sweep 160 mph 155 CFM 7 Amp Electric Leaf Blower to blow off the remaining water on the RV. This eliminates the need to hand dry the RV and is the most gentle on the gelcoat and cab paint. It's fast, too.
When it comes to waxing, I use as follows:
1) PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher
2) Astro 4607 5" PU Velcro Backing Pad
3) Different polishing, cutting or finishing pads depending on the shape that the gelcoat or cab paint is in. These are what I have used: Chemical Guys BUFX_102_HEX5 Hex-Logic Medium-Heavy Cutting Pad; Chemical Guys BUFX_104_HEX5 Hex-Logic Light-Medium Polishing Pad; Chemical Guys BUFX_106_HEX5 Hex-Logic Finishing Pad.
4) Meguiars Fiberglass Restoration system (49 Oxidation remover; 45 high gloss polish; 56 pure wax). Once the finish is restored, polish and wax are all that are needed, saving a step.
Is it work? Yes. Are there other options such as the Zep floor polish method that some on this site use, but I would only reserve that to a finish that can't be restored.
Here is an example of the result of my labors.
History: '08 View, '05 Chinook, '01 Jamboree 24D, '78 Apache Popup, 81 Komfort Tlr,
84 Mazda B2000 'w canopy,
Tent from wedding shower in '96