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Old 08-03-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Need suggestions on giving my RV a bath. Is there an easy way? And what's best to use.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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Kathy,

Swobbit system (google it) and Johnson's baby shampoo. Maybe 1/8 cup of vinegar in 3 or 4 gallons water, squeegy dry. I know that Newmar recommends baby shampoo. Gentle and no worry about graphics or clear coat. Works for me. After that, use 303 aerospace. Look it up. Great product. Also, ProtectAll is good.

Swobbit Products

Get the lambswool head.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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By the way. The first time we had our coach washed we took it to a truck wash place. Nice facility. BUT, they used brushes and banged the side of our MH. Never again. It takes me about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to wash ours and it allows me to look close at the finish and other things that might need attention. And, I do a much better job than the truck wash.

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The easiest way is to hire it done. I have a extendable handle brush I got at Walmart. Use a bucket with the cheapest LEMON dish soap I can get. Spray the area I want to soap, dip the brush in the bucket and wash then rinse. It takes about an hour to do the whole motorhome. I only wash the roof a couple of times a year unless we are parked under a tree. I try to wash it the day after we park and if on a short trip when we get home.

edit: I use rejex (www.rejex.com) on the front of the MH, motorcycle and autos, you can almost rinse the bugs off with plain water, Rain-X on the glass and shower walls.
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We bathed our baby in Johnson's Baby Shampoo.
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Why not use a product MADE FOR clearcoat finishes? ...like Turtle Liquid Car Wash, or Johnson's J-Wax? It is easy to use with a bucket and extendable car wash brush ( very soft), and you accomplish a wash and wax all at the same time. You can wipe it dry if you really want to, but don't really need to. My coach finish is nine years old and still looks great. Whatever you use, it should never be dish soap unless you follow it with a good coating of a high quality wax.
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I wet the surface down and then spray splotches of a car wash soap, such as what Paul suggested above, on the wet surface. I just pour the soap into a standard spray bottle and adjust the nozzle to a 'stream'. Using a brush made for this purpose (one that you connect a water hose to) I'll gently scrub the surface. If not wet enough I'll adjust the water so it trickles out of the brush as I'm doing this, then I crank the water full on and continue brushing the area as I'm flushing the soap and dirt away.

I've used this method on all my RVs for years. I do not dry after the wash. There will be minimal spotting when it does dry on its own (and we have very hard water). Of course the surface you're washing should not be in the sun. I can do our large coach in about an hour.
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Get a trailer brush and a Bakers scaffolding. Do the top half all the way around and then the bottom. If it's hot and dry out, just do sections at a time. Blow off excess with leaf blower. Don't wash in the Sun. I try to do it when its drissling out. Spots are the biggest problem. Put a RO filter system on your coach and you will have spot free rinse.
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Get a trailer brush and a Bakers scaffolding. Do the top half all the way around and then the bottom. If it's hot and dry out, just do sections at a time. Blow off excess with leaf blower. Don't wash in the Sun. I try to do it when its drissling out. Spots are the biggest problem. Put a RO filter system on your coach and you will have spot free rinse.
Ok two questions. What's a Bakers scaffolding? And what's an RO filter? New at this, thanks.
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I also recommend the 'Swobbit' washing gizmo. Won't put scratches or swirls in your paint which are especially visible on dark colors.

Like Paul, I use Turtle Wax Liguid Car Wash 'n Wax. I don't like water spots so I use a California Blade squeege on an extension handle to remove most of the water and use one of the Absorber synthetic chamois on windows and chrome. I take my time and washing my 36' coach takes about an hour if I move quickly.

Between washes, I use one of the waterless cleaner/waxes called No Wet. It works very well to clean all but the most soiled surface and leaves a coat of wax and a nice, slick shine.
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I use Mr. Clean Car Wash sprayer. It has a deionized water filter built in and their soap that comes with the kit from PEP BOYS about $20. I aso have a very soft brush with a telescoping handle that is made for washing vehicles. It is a drip dry system and takes me 45min to do a 34ft Motorhome.

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Need suggestions on giving my RV a bath. Is there an easy way? And what's best to use.
We hire it out, have a young man that will wash for $60.00 including the roof and wash and wax for $130.00
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Need suggestions on giving my RV a bath. Is there an easy way? And what's best to use.
Use a good liquid car wash that does not remove wax (unless you want to remove old wax and re wax). I use Protect All and/or 303 Aerospace Protectant on RV (after waxing). 303 can be used on just about any place on your RV-great UV protection and makes slick finish. I use Protect All on the fiberglass shower and wipe down after each shower-makes clean up easier. Rejex on all windows (except windshield on motorhomes). I think the wipers will tend to smear it after time unless you put it on regularly. Google 303 Aerospace Protectant and you can purchase online. Protect All available at Wally Worlds, Camping World, etc.
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Pay $40 and have someone do it.

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