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Old 11-07-2003, 03:57 PM   #29
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Pressure Washer Anyone

After washing my 345 by hand a few times I broke down and purhcased an el cheapo electric pressure washer from Wal-Mart. I think it was about 60 bucks. It has a little soap attachment that puts on a lot of foaming bubbles in seconds. I can soap up one whole side in about 90 seconds. I use turtle wax car wash (does not strip wax) and an extendable pole with a soft wash brush (also from Wal-Mart) to get her clean. Then I rinse again with the pressure was set to a wide fan. I washed the whole rig last weekend in about 30 minutes. Not a perfect job but it got 3000 miles of snow, rain, sleat and bugs off of her.

It also seems to use less water than hand washing. I think the pressure washer needs more pressure on the inlet side than a little RV water pump could provide but I certainly could plug it into the coach AC and a city water source at a campground (if they let me).

One note of caution...I sprayed it with the nozzle set on high a little too close to the grey paint on the bottom and it took some paint off in under a second. Not a big deal for me since I'm repainting the bottom anyway but it happened before I could do anything about it. Now I start the spray with the nozzle pointing down at the ground, set the nozzle and then point it at the coach.
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:48 PM   #30
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time for a wash

Ok I am a newbie and its time for a wash. I have read a lot here and now I am sorry but I still have a few questions...

What special care does my 2003 need for the rubber roof?

Can I walbernize the striping? or uses 303 on that and the tires?

And do you think Avon's Skin So Soft is alright for a bug and tar remover. I always used on the cars, so I hope I did not do a bad thing using it. I also used some glass cleaner before I knew better. Have I ruined the finish or can I fix what I have done?

And do the rock shields need different care and what material are they? And the care of the gas tank cover?

Lastly what do you do to keep the wheels nice and shiny?
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Old 03-28-2004, 06:57 AM   #32
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Clay bars are great for getting bugs and ground in dirt off of your Airstream or vehicle paint job. You would not believe how much crap you can get off of a WINDOW with one of these simple marvals. Just make sure you use plenty of lubricant.
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Old 03-28-2004, 09:09 AM   #33
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Steven I also use a pressure washer, just don't get too close to the trailer. The supply side of the washer is only concerned with volume not pressure, so if you have more water available than the unit pumps, and you do with your onboard water, you will have no problems. Has anyone ever use a pressure washer with a no pressurized supply such as a plastic bucket of water?I think it would work if the supply hose was filled before putting it in the bucket.
I don't normally use soap to wash, clear water and wax afterwards. Some road film requires a little polish to remove.

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Re: time for a wash

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Ok I am a newbie and its time for a wash.

What special care does my 2003 need for the rubber roof?

Carol,
It is my understanding that the white roof is not rubber but a paint coating put on by alcoa. If that is the case it should be treated just like the rest of the unit, a gentle washing followed by Walbernizeing. If I have the wrong information please correct me. BTW I am going to be putting a Elastomeric coating on the roof of my vintage unit when we polish

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Re: time for a wash

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Ok I am a newbie and its time for a wash. I have read a lot here and now I am sorry but I still have a few questions...

What special care does my 2003 need for the rubber roof?

Can I walbernize the striping? or uses 303 on that and the tires?

And do you think Avon's Skin So Soft is alright for a bug and tar remover. I always used on the cars, so I hope I did not do a bad thing using it. I also used some glass cleaner before I knew better. Have I ruined the finish or can I fix what I have done?

And do the rock shields need different care and what material are they? And the care of the gas tank cover?

Lastly what do you do to keep the wheels nice and shiny?
No rubber roof so just wash it like you do the rest of your trailer. The Walbernize Super Seal will not hurt the striping. Use 303 on the tires. It has no petroleum products which tend to dry out the UV compounds in your trailer tires.

Use Armorall car wash. It removes the bugs and tar. A little Walbernize will also work. I wash my trailer before and after every trip. It helps keep the tar and bugs from adhereing. The rock shields are not aluminum so Walbernize will not work well there. I have used Walbernize but its a real job to get that finish streakless. The gas tank cover is aluminum so Walbernize that. I wash the wheels with Armorall car wash also. They stay bright and shiney.

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Wlabernize makes everything you need for the A/S. Soapmaster is not too strong but gets the bugs and dirt off and rinses clean. Super Seal is the only "wax" to use, period. Can't believe how good it looks! The Mr. Slick Tire Cleaner makes the tires look like new and is cheaper than Armourall. Alumbrite cleans those A/S wheels without any elbow grease. I ordered it all for my new Classic to keep it lookin new and so far so good!
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