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Old 09-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Waxing our RV

New RV owner here. I know we should apply wax to the outside of our motorhome occasionally (twice a year?). I don't suppose that the wax cycle at the automatic car wash is sufficient. I'm imagining having to use step ladders and spend hours waxing by hand. What is the best way to keep our RV waxed? What kind of wax is recommended and how should it be applied?
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The front end needs waxing after each trip. Sides twice a year. Your favorite wax and yes ladder and hands on. Hope you have a great time. I enlist the Grandkids but do not let them know in advance when I plan to do it.
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Best way is to hire someone to do the job.

Second best could be 100% 303 Protectant, by you and your ladder.
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How often do you wax your car? Your RV should be waxed at least that often.
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If everything is in good order you should be able to use something like Protect All spray on wipe off type of product. Does not take a lot of time or effort. 303 protectants is also a good thing to use. Car wash waxes are just a way to extract more money from you.
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Waxers beware I was camping labor day weekend and a professional detailer ask if I wanted my RV waxed he said $2.00 a foot. Well I thought that's cheap for a hand wax.I told him I did not want to put things up to wash it first, he replied it's a waterless wash and wax I replied not on my black and grey RV. So he went on and did the one beside me I watch him make his concoction of synthetic wax,bug cleaner,and quick wax dumped into a spray bottle. I guess you do get what you pay for.
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Rejex 'd the entire coach the last week on a ladder by hand after hand washing with dawn to remove the old wax and detailing every tar spot, sap spot, smuge and scratch (with Gel-Gloss RV polish and wax) the entire unit first. Did the fiberglass roof with 303 aerospace protectant. Even did the inside of the bay doors and windshield with Rejex. Muscles feel spent but the brain feels great. DW helped with the gofer work to minimize the trips up the ladder. We are able to store the coach inside at home so the weather was not a factor. During the process found 2 loose items that wouldn't have found otherwise and saved loosing a rear radiator cover fin held on with 1 of 5 rivets. There is no better feeling than doing it yourself.
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New RV owner here. I know we should apply wax to the outside of our motorhome occasionally (twice a year?). I don't suppose that the wax cycle at the automatic car wash is sufficient. I'm imagining having to use step ladders and spend hours waxing by hand. What is the best way to keep our RV waxed? What kind of wax is recommended and how should it be applied?
Depends on what you have and the age. Is is full paint, striping and fiberglass, etc. On full paint, I would use some of the newer synthetic polymer waxes that do not have carnaba in them. Aerospace 303 is good on plastic, rubber, tires, fiberglass, fiberglass roof, etc. If your RV is older and has oxidized some, then stuff like Rejex may be needed. You can check with manufacturer of your RV or your literature to see what they recommend.
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303 makes a Quick Detailer that works great for cleaning everything on the RV. Follow up with some 303 Protectant and your good to go.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #10
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I'm imagining having to use step ladders and spend hours waxing by hand. What is the best way to keep our RV waxed? What kind of wax is recommended and how should it be applied?
You got it, A step ladder and hours of work.. Just now I've done the front cap, the basement compatment doors and the driver's side, Next work day (monday) I'll do the passeanger side and if I have the time re-do the front cap.

Best Wax: Any good QUALITY Auto wax.. I have used several, Turtle Wax Zip Wax (this is a foam you "Spray" on and buff off) That one that begains with "M" (Mcquires or Mcblires or somethign like that) this time it['s Turtel Was Super Hard Shell.

I do not recommend that one, too much work buffing it.. Thank heaven for my Waxmaster (Buffer). Looks like it will be a good wax though.

I did notice when I did my pre-wax bath.. Water still beads from last Spring's job.


Why do all the work.. I pick up about 1-2 MPG when I wax the beast. That is a significant amount on an 8mpg Average house. (2 was the first wax job) .

Other things to consider.. ROOF: Most roofs are a lot like a kitchen floor, Mop with Spic & Span, Rinse, DO NOT WAX (That is one surface you do not wish to slip off of).

Air Conditioners.. Clean evaporator and condenser coils, and everything else that is cleanable BEFORE doing roof. IF there are lubrication points, Take the hint (Likely no lube points). Inside clean filters (more often, like monthly) You can wax the outer cover on the A/C (Shroud) if you wish. Good time to do maintenance on anything else needing it up there too.
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Bull crap on getting better mileage because it is waxed good, Mythbusters proved that wrong.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #12
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Depends on what you have and the age. Is is full paint, striping and fiberglass, etc. On full paint, I would use some of the newer synthetic polymer waxes that do not have carnaba in them. Aerospace 303 is good on plastic, rubber, tires, fiberglass, fiberglass roof, etc. If your RV is older and has oxidized some, then stuff like Rejex may be needed. You can check with manufacturer of your RV or your literature to see what they recommend.
Rejex is not a polish or cleaner or wax............it is a protectant.............not good for restoring a damaged finish.

http://www.rejex.com/
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holy amatuer wax/detail recommendations...lol.

you dont just slap wax on a vehicle. A good cleaning/wax job is a foundation for future cleanings/maintenance. Slop wax on top of dirt/debris your rig will look like garbage like 90% of the rigs out there.
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We use Mary Moppins Advantage on all exterior, and on front cap every trip. Bugs wash off easily. Wash with baby shampoo and white vinegar.
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