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Old 01-01-2017, 10:52 AM   #43
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If you are concerned with the cost to wash your unit, you can't afford it!
My take on this is that we all choose areas in which we are all more frugal than some other person. Narampa, if you spent as much as the richest person on IRV2 in every area of life, I suspect that you couldn't "afford" your RV. I try not to try to tell someone else how they should spend their money or economize. I appreciate it when people don't give me a hard time for economizing where I choose.

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Cost was under $100. We use Johnson's baby shampoo works very well. Biggest issue is the roof. I keep thinking of a way to rig a safety line overhead.

I do not like the Truck washes, Harsh and frankly did not do a good job,
Newmar specified baby shampoo when we had our DSDP's and I continue to use it on the CC.
I also use Dry Wash N Guard and have for many years.
Have never used a truck wash on any of my RV's and that's about 50 years now.
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My costs are a nice dinner prepared by me to reward my wife for a job well done. I do this after every trip. Being the nice guy I am I wash the roof myself twice a year with Dicor protectant used in the fall before winterizing.
We are a team in the maintenance and she enjoys the cleaning process after never being involved in the process before we started RV'ing. Makes her feel good, or so she tells me.
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My costs are a nice dinner prepared by me to reward my wife for a job well done. I do this after every trip. Being the nice guy I am I wash the roof myself twice a year with Dicor protectant used in the fall before winterizing.
We are a team in the maintenance and she enjoys the cleaning process after never being involved in the process before we started RV'ing. Makes her feel good, or so she tells me.
Happy New Year!
I claimed the front cap (mainly diamond shield & window) plus all the chrome on coach as "mine" because I'm so particular about following mfg warranty guidelines on how they're cleaned - and I like them clean & shiny. DH gets to do the rest of the coach :-). Sometimes I help :-)

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I get two guys from Home depot parking lot (day laborers) and I have them wash and hand wax the coach twice a year. Cost is about $120 at $15 per hour.
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We find cost to wash and spot free rinse at a commercial truck wash will range from $60 to $80 each time if doing the job ourselves, and try to do it that way at least 4 times per year when we can find one we can access. Some times it is a real challenge to locate one, and we have had very poor results using the outdoor bays at typical coin operated car wash locations. Grit and grease on the brushes, low pressure wands, cheap soap, spotty spot free rinse cycles, etc. We have had professional mobile wash services come to our site at RV parks for a typical fee of $100 to $140 just to pressure wash and spot free rinse without any waxing.

I can see why many people carry a small pressure washer on board and have designed and installed their own deionized water system to get the spot free rinse, as the spots left by water in the S.W.USA. are difficult to remove once baked on. Having your own pressure washer and spot free rinse system will pay for itself quickly, and allows "keeping up with the Jones'" shiny rigs parked near you. It is particularly valuable if you don't have a way to keep the huge dust cloud created by the side radiator cooling fan from coating your freshly washed coach with dirt as you drive over a small patch of gravel or unpaved RV park access road. The Yuma sparkle dust also seems to be magneticly attacted to motor coach exterior finishes. I am not convinced that it is possible to safely use a cleaning/waxing product without first washing all dust/grit from the painted surface and rinsing the surfaces well.

My humble opinion would be that you will need to seriously increase your cleaning budget regardless of whether you get your own equipment or hire others to do the cleaning. Particularly if you will ever boondock, travel unpaved roads, or use national or state park facillities. Cleaning has to become a job you enjoy, as in some places and seasons it can take up to an hour just to get the bugs off the front at a fuel stop. It's all part of the fun, right?
Yep!!! Agreed. Even though others have posted that they've seen no resulting scratches... Still...
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Washing RVs and in fact any vehicle, is a bit like ironing clothes - neither is the slightest bit necessary once you have achieved a certain level of self-esteem.

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One of the things I do is wash the front of the coach each night after traveling. We live in Florida and the "Love Bugs" are real concern. Got to get them off the coach as soon as possible. Do wash the whole coach three times are year with Miguires car wash. Does a great job.
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I do the coach myself once a year because the roof needs to be thoroughly scrubbed, cleaned and inspected. Usually in the fall at the end of the camping season. Blue Beacons are a very good value for your dollar and I use them often when I'm on the road. I usually pay a person the big bucks to detail my coach once a year. That way it gets a good coat of wax on the paint. I had a left shoulder replaced 2 years ago and so it limits me to a certain extent. I used to do it all myself. As far as soap I use Blue Coral wash and wax concentrate from Walmart.
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I have paid 1$ to 3$ per foot for a wash only. Once a year I have it washed and waxed, roof include, and pay 8$ per foot. I wash all but the roof once in a while, bad knees and back prevent me from getting on the roof.
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I highly recommend the CR spotless water system. I purchased last fall and have used it to wash after coming back or leaving for trips. I can wash the whole coach in about 40-45 min and the best part is there is no drying needed as it dries with no water spots. How often you have to replace the resin (I bought 3 replacements for $210 total- $70 each time) will depend on your water quality. I have probably washed our coach 6-8 times and vehicles about 6 times and still are no where close to needing to replace our resin (at 2ppm and recommendation is to replace at 20 ppm). The initial cost is large for system but once you have it I can't imagine not having one. I actually for Christmas had my wife get me the smaller version to keep in the coach when on trips if we need to wash at all.
Couldn't agree more, this really made a huge difference in my time washing the coach. I've used it about 8 times and it still registers zero for the PPM gauge, I thought the gauge was defective, but the company said when it starts to register it will go fast. Regards
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I have been hearing about wash wax all for several years .. but I guess fell in to the "too good to be true" camp. After reading here, I will need to try. Per the OP's question it sounds quite affordable. On my 5500 mile run last summer through the SW my rig got very dusty. Very convenient to jump in to a blue beacon truck wash. Ditto on the @ $40 cost. Friendly folks, fast workers, easy on MY back 😀. Maybe some of the equation is whether you are "on the road" or mostly stationary? That is not strictly a cost issue, but I would think would need to figure in somehow...
I too read about wash n wax on this forum.if the coach just gets dusty I will rinse it off with my de ionizer system, then use the wash and wax. If it is real dirty then I do a full wash. The wash n wax works great for spot cleaning as well. I also will do a full wax job yearly which takes me a full day to do by hand. The coach is stored inside so it doesn't get beat up by the sun too much! Regards
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There are a number of travelling wash outfits that are available in our park. The prices range from $1.00 per foot for a wash to $3.00 a foot for wash and hand wax. They also perform deoxidization and carpet cleaning for various amounts.
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[QUOTE=mikeward_aa;3391347]I'm taking delivery of a new coach next year and started thinking about how I'm going to wash the beast. From my research, there are lots of options from foam guns to long poles with sheepskin pads and various cleaner systems like Wash Wax All and "The Solution".

For the purposes of this conversation, it's about $200 in "equipment and materials" the first year and $50 a year thereafter for supplies. Yes, you can do it for less using dish soap and a rag but that's not for me so let's just drop that one from the conversation.

There's a truck wash nearby (Blue something) that costs about $40 per wash.

I figure I'll wash the beast about 4 times a year.

Based on my numbers, the truck wash is more money but not much more. Given that it takes way less effort to drive to the truck wash I'm wondering if I'm better off skipping the washing supplies and using the truck wash.

Thoughts? Experiences?[/

Since I didn't answer the question about costs, I will tell you that I spent about 700.00 on getting the equiptment I needed to do the job myself. The deionizer was probably the largest expense! Now I just buy the car wash soap and a few other things. The resin I use for the deionizer will probably work out to about 6.00 per wash. I can do a thorough job on the outside in about an hour. Regards Marc
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