Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-14-2023, 04:07 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
wildtoad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rev. Roy View Post
I adopted the principal years ago of NEVER using a brush on my RV. Tiffin actually has a sticker on their new motorhomes stating that. I use sheepskin pads for cleaning and do my final rinse with deionized water. Once a year I do ceramic coating. I have the advantage of a large RV garage where I have scaffolding so I don't need to work off a ladder. For on the road I have a foam cannon and a power washer along with the water deionizer.
Newmar discourages brushes too, could void paint warranty. Others may disagree.
__________________
Tom

2016 Newmar Bay Star Sport 3004
2015 Jeep Wrangler 2DR 4WD Sahara, Automatic, Hard Top/Sunrider
wildtoad is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-14-2023, 04:10 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 109
Basic - KISS method and effective

My rig is kept inside storage when not travelling so this simple method has worked great and I am very picky on the look. My paint finish is close to same as day one still.

1st suggestion - get the "Mary Moppins" wash and dry kit (find on GoClean website or others) this kit is very effecitve and saves so much time. Then you add a long enough extension pole (find at Home Depot or elsewhere). Major help is the foam/velcro dry tool, simply wrap cotton towel around and dry before water spots dry on rig by the way, very important.

2nd - Only wash/dry in the shade or at least no direct sunlight. I simply use Johnson Baby shampoo, customer service at Newmar advised me on this simple solution when I got rig in 2015 and I have used it since on all my vehicles with great success. Vehicle with clear coat and any quality paint today simply need this mild quality shampoo between waxes. Wash it whenever dirty and especially if possible before long trips. The Moppins kit travels with me btw.

3rd - I have mine waxed every 2 years - worthy expense I think; again 2 years ok for me as inside most of year. Yearly better if outside a lot.

NOTE: It is key if at all possible to use softened/treated water unless you have quality water at home. I have treated water and rigged up a cold/hot mixing station in garage - highly recommend this. Use warm or hot water when washing and rinsing if at all possible. Can also just hook up hose to water heater drain valve but obviously that uses more hot then needed. But necessary often as the hose bibbs outside are not typically soft or treated even though your home may be. If pipe in a mixing station you need to pull the cold water ( usually) from where it feeds the water heaters as that is treated cold supply - then just tee in off hot side before it goes to house.
__________________
Dave & Nancy
2015 Newmar Ventana 3436, 37k mi.
HydraLift & Jeep Wrangler
MCRV Passion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2023, 11:41 PM   #17
Member
 
LagunaJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: CA
Posts: 72
Truck washes are cheap and convenient, but sadly very few dry the coach -- so you end up with some spots, especially if they aren't filtering their water very well.

Very important to ensure that they do NOT use what they call "brightener", and you and I would call bleach! They use it on trucks, especially to sanitize truck trailers that carry foodstuffs.

A good truck wash knows that our motorhomes get washed with water and carwash soap. Blue Beacon certainly knows this.

I get my 40 foot diesel pusher plus my tow Jeep washed at Blue Beacon for about $80 including Rain-X, which I take as it reduces the spotting. A best practice is that after the truck wash, pull out of their wash bay and STOP on the apron for at least 10 minutes to let the water run down and off your coach. If you drive away drenched with water it leaves many more streaks/spots than if you just sit for 10 minutes before driving away.

Then I manually re-do the windows later to get rid of spots.

Beyond that, at least twice a year I have my coach washed and hand-waxed. Here at my homebase in SoCal my guy charges $460 to wash/wax the 40 foot coach AND semi-detail the Jeep (wash/wax, good interior clean).

The going rate in most places is $10 per foot for the motorhome, so he's giving me a bit of a deal doing the Jeep for only $60 more.
__________________
2019 Newmar Mountain Aire 4018 DP (Spartan K3-500)
2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Home Base: Newport Beach, California
LagunaJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2023, 08:45 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 169
I like washing my coach, might take a day or two, no big deal. When washing it, you will see any new paint chips/issues and can inspect the caulk. I usually run the hose water thru my water softener I have on the coach. Cuts down on the water spots.
__________________
2020 Kountry Star 3412, 2021 Gladiator w/ Soft Topper, Giant Defy, Pro 1, Ultegra DI2. Specialized Turbo Creo
Steve70-5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2023, 02:58 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
woodosgood's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Depends on the weather
Posts: 669
Washing the RV

We have used the Wash Wax All products from Aero Cosmetics since we bought our coach in 2016. It is a "waterless" wash and wax system that is allowed at campgrounds that do not allow you to use the water hose. You can get to most spots using a long, extendable pole, but sometimes you may need a ladder to access the hard to reach spots.

You can buy their products through Amazon, some RV Shows, or directly.

https://washwax.com
__________________
Eric and Linda
2016 Newmar Ventana 4369 (Full Timers since May 2016)
2022 GMC Canyon & 2015 Co-Motion Equator Tandem
woodosgood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2023, 05:29 PM   #20
jrs
Senior Member
 
jrs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Full Timers
Posts: 818
Excellent tips above but would add a wide squeegee to the list. I'm too cheap to pay yet to wash since still able to do it. We full time and don't want to carry a unit to DI our water. I do use a water softener which helps. After rinsing and using the squeegee, I wipe off by hand with good microfiber cloths.
It takes me about 8-10 hrs to do mine (when washing roof too).
We full time and many RV Parks don't allow washing so between washes I'll use Wash Wax All which was mentioned above.
__________________
Joe & Ro
2020 Dutch Star 4328 w FL Chassis
2018 Jeep GC Limited w Ready Brute Elite towbar
jrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2023, 07:52 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
STEVE-JUNELL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Nappanee, IN
Posts: 501
I will never forget the first class A we bought was an 05 Mt Aire and the first time we went to wash it. We had the whole family involved and buckets and ladders and hand washed every inch and dried with a towel. The process took a better part of a day. Fast forward now we can wash the whole rig in less than an hour. We use telescoping poles with lambs wool, power washer with De Ionized water, and some hand mitts. We do one side at a time hand wash what we can reach, use a separate bucket and mitt for the wheels goes pretty good now days but I still remember the feeing of looking at that big buss and thinking we gotta wash that.
__________________
22 Essex 4551, 20 Denali diesel 3500 crew, 04 Rubicon, or 24' enclosed ATC trailer
STEVE-JUNELL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2023, 09:39 AM   #22
Rocky Mountain High
 
Dennis C.'s Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2022
Location: Evergreen, CO
Posts: 379
I find it therapeutic to wash my vehicles. I’d love to have that option for the RV, but unfortunately I don’t. My RV storage facility doesn’t allow RVs to be washed on the property. My home is in a neighborhood with a strict HOA policy that doesn’t allow me to wash it in my driveway. So, I have found other means to keep things clean.
__________________
Dennis
2018 Newmar Ventana 3715
Freightliner XCR chassis
Cummins 6.7L ISB, Allison 3000
Dennis C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2023, 02:44 PM   #23
Rocky Mountain High
 
Dennis C.'s Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2022
Location: Evergreen, CO
Posts: 379
Itís kinda nice letting someone else do the dirty work tooÖ

Detailing, ceramic coating, and roof resealing were completed today. Iím pleased with the outcome.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	B45DA051-FB35-4B4B-9E1D-AE3F97BA2A55.jpg
Views:	10
Size:	410.6 KB
ID:	388505   Click image for larger version

Name:	F6F7D772-42E8-49FC-929F-5F268AACAE71.jpg
Views:	6
Size:	425.6 KB
ID:	388506  

__________________
Dennis
2018 Newmar Ventana 3715
Freightliner XCR chassis
Cummins 6.7L ISB, Allison 3000
Dennis C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2023, 03:27 PM   #24
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Rocky Mountains
Posts: 81
Looks awesome Dennis!!!
__________________
2022 Newmar Ventana 3407
2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport Altitude
K0YJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2023, 03:50 PM   #25
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Columbia SC
Posts: 48
The first thing I would do is carefully read your owners manual. Some brands are very specific on how to wash and what products to use. You have a really high quality finish on your bus. Your manual will guide you correctly.

I would never wash my coach at a commercial truck wash. They are designed to wash commercial trucks that get realay dirty. They use stiff brushes and sometimes caustic chemicals to clean a big rig.

My owners manual outlines in detail what they recommend. They also warn that if their procedures are not followed, it could void any warranty on your new beauty.
202235f is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2023, 05:06 PM   #26
Rocky Mountain High
 
Dennis C.'s Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2022
Location: Evergreen, CO
Posts: 379
I spoke about washing with the guys who detailed my Ventana yesterday. They specifically recommended staying away from Blue Beacon truck washes for the reasons mentioned above. They recommended treating the finish the same way as a high quality automotive finish. Use something like a lambs wool mitt to wash the vehicle, use good automotive quality soaps, etc.
__________________
Dennis
2018 Newmar Ventana 3715
Freightliner XCR chassis
Cummins 6.7L ISB, Allison 3000
Dennis C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2023, 06:51 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
Winemaker2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Western NY
Posts: 5,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by 202235f View Post
The first thing I would do is carefully read your owners manual. Some brands are very specific on how to wash and what products to use. You have a really high quality finish on your bus. Your manual will guide you correctly.



I would never wash my coach at a commercial truck wash. They are designed to wash commercial trucks that get realay dirty. They use stiff brushes and sometimes caustic chemicals to clean a big rig.



My owners manual outlines in detail what they recommend. They also warn that if their procedures are not followed, it could void any warranty on your new beauty.
At Blue Beacon the crew boss always comes out to talk to me re what I would / don't want done. I request no brushes and finish w Rain-X.
I have never had an issue and always make it a point to tip the boss.
I've noticed he always carries the tip into the office and asks the counter clerk to deposit it so pretty sure it gets shared with the crew.
I see many MH / Toad rigs going through the one we usually use and think they are attentive to MH washing vs other OTR trucks.
__________________
Don & Marge
'13 Newmar Ventana 3433 - '14 CR-V TOAD
'03 Winnebago Adventurer 31Y - SOLD
Winemaker2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2023, 08:26 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 134
I've tried many different products from waterless to ceramic. Surprisingly, the simplest and cheapest solution works best for me. I use Superior Products, "Vehicle Soap with Wax" (catchy name there), a bucket, Molly Moppins Lambs Wool pad on a pole and a water blade on a pole. Takes 45 minutes with minimal spotting. No power washer, just a garden hose.

Unlike other all-in-one wash wax products I've used, this one has a good amount of surfactants to actually lift and remove dirt. Can you get a better shine? Probably, but frankly it looks pretty darn good to my eye.

https://superiorproducts.com/product...with-wax-soap/

Oreilly's has it but you have to call to have it shipped (free) to the store. $13 per gallon. Concentrated so a little goes a long way.
__________________
2017 Ventana 3412
2010 Honda Fit Toad
weird is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 2 (1 members and 1 guests)
Lowelifes
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How did you get your washing machine into your RV? bertschb 5th Wheel Discussion 12 03-21-2016 03:06 PM
Your favorite RV washing implements Ogsarg iRV2.com General Discussion 41 02-24-2015 12:55 PM
What's your washing machine brand Mvlawn Tiffin Owner's Forum 4 01-10-2013 08:11 PM
Washing your Coach? Davebr Newmar Owner's Forum 44 10-11-2011 01:19 PM
When washing your MH ..... Magoo iRV2.com General Discussion 5 01-05-2008 02:16 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.