Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2016, 07:24 PM   #29
2 Rivet Member
1992 35' Airstream 350
Frisco, CO/Scottsdale, AZ , Denver, CO
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 49
We've always used truck wash facilities without any problems.

Hal-Gin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 12:49 AM   #30
Rivet Master

2005 25' Safari
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,372
Images: 18
Blog Entries: 55
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.


2005 Safari 25-B
"Le Petit Chateau Argent"
[ Small Silver Castle ]
2000 Navigator / 2014 F-150 Eco-Boost / Equal-i-zer / P-3
YAMAHA 2400 / AIR #12144
ROBERTSUNRUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 04:47 AM   #31
Rivet Master
m.hony's Avatar
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 12,111
I wash my trailer at home sometimes.
Don't always have time-
Weather, daylight, and temperature are not always ideal-

Sent from my iPad using Airstream Forums
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 06:35 AM   #32
Rivet Master
AldeanFan's Avatar
1977 23' Safari
Niagara on the Lake , Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 667
Images: 3
I'm sure I've seen areas to wash your camper at some rv parks.
1977 Safari Land Yacht
2005 Toyota Tundra SR5
2010 Ford Flex Ecoboost
AldeanFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 07:19 AM   #33
Rivet Master
AWCHIEF's Avatar
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,283
Images: 33
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.

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 08:03 AM   #34
2 Rivet Member
helmsman's Avatar
1967 22' Safari
Long Beach , California
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 86
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.

Enjoy the life -- Don
helmsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2016, 08:47 AM   #35
Rivet Master
Ray Eklund's Avatar

2014 25' International
2006 23' Safari SE
Currently Looking...
Boulder City , Nevada
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,478
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.
Human Bean
Ray Eklund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #36
Rivet Master
Currently Looking...
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 856
For you full-timers, how often do you wash your coach?

David Lininger, kb0zke
AIR 54240
Heartland mpg 181 (sold)
1993 Foretravel U300 (for sale)
kb0zke is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
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
Washing AS while on long trips bearrand On The Road... 16 08-16-2012 05:08 PM
Washing when traveling Tino643 On The Road... 14 12-21-2011 05:15 PM
Washing the AS while on the road. Not Done On The Road... 7 04-18-2011 06:33 AM
Do you use your LP refrig while traveling? John Community Polls 19 07-23-2005 09:28 AM
Run the fridge while traveling? CBBOB General Motorhome Topics 35 11-26-2002 07:40 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.