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Old 03-25-2016, 07:24 PM   #29
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We've always used truck wash facilities without any problems.

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Old 03-26-2016, 12:49 AM   #30
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Hi, I wash my trailer at home just before a trip and shortly after I get back from a trip. My longest trip was for 3 1/2 months. I have never washed my trailer while traveling.


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Old 03-26-2016, 04:47 AM   #31
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I wash my trailer at home sometimes.
Don't always have time-
Weather, daylight, and temperature are not always ideal-

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Old 03-26-2016, 06:35 AM   #32
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I'm sure I've seen areas to wash your camper at some rv parks.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:19 AM   #33
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I have never had an issue from parks when I rinse off road grime and bugs even from ones that post no trailer washing. I think they are more concerned with people washing their over sized SOBs than me spot wiping/rinsing my little Airstream. Not good to leave tar and dead love bugs on for very long.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:03 AM   #34
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Hi RanblinMan Ga:

Many years ago, when I was new, the folks on an Airstream caravan taught me how to wash a trailer with a bucket and a short step ladder. It's quick and you use hardly any water. It's easier and quicker if you have a second bucket for the rinse water.

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Old 03-27-2016, 08:47 AM   #35
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One event where you MUST wash your trailer... and well.

If you are traveling during the winter months and expose your aluminum and metal to the salt and magnesium chloride used to de-ice roads... you had better reconsider, quickly.

I have seen NEW Airstreams that have been delivered to dealerships where the frame, hot water tank, refrigerator components exposed to these corrosive chemicals are rusting and permanently damaged. Wiring. Copper tubing. The dealership obviously was not concerned... but after you purchase it, you will be shortly.

When Boondocking dust, mud, and grit are not an issue... until you add moisture to these natural chemicals.

Once we are returning home on a dry sunny day..., I find a Car Wash to throughly clean the entire exterior of our trailer(s). After I am certain that here are no grains of quartz sand or grit that is 'harder' than the aluminum skin... a final washing and using a soft sponge to get that thin film that adheres to the skin like a 'dirt paint job'.

Chemistry of the Salt Flats west of Salt Lake City will EAT your Airstream. Ocean mist from Coastal RV storage facilities are no different.

Dirt and thin films are 'chemicals' that love to react with metals. Many are inert and others are chemical reactions just needing some fog, mist or light rain to make your trailer a chemical desert.

For the couple of bucks at a common Car Wash... it is a wise investment. If you want to spend a bunch of money for a 'detailing job' only to catch a wet road and splash back the next day... go for it.

When Boondocking across geological formations... many ancient ocean formations still provide 'whitish' alkaline powders that will adhere to your trailer's aluminum exterior and exposed metal components to slowly break metals down into other compounds. If you recall the days where your US and Foreign automobiles were being consumed into a rust bucket... you get the idea.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #36
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For you full-timers, how often do you wash your coach?

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