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Old 10-01-2016, 08:07 AM   #15
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Good morning AS owners...
If you did not have the opportunity to watch the recommended video on cleaning your AS, the best soap to use is "Dawn, Ultra 2" dish soap" This works the best for cleaning the outside surfaces. I use a soft brush with a micro fiber clothe wrapped around over the bristles.

Its best to watch the video

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Old 10-01-2016, 10:49 AM   #16
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Been using the Province parks for the past 10 days. Very nice, most electric but not on site water, nice showers. Cost $28-30 including park entrance and value of our dollar.

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Old 10-01-2016, 12:01 PM   #17
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We attended an Alumapalooza at the factory the year we purchased our Airstream. I attended a seminar on Airstream care and cleaning put on by one of Airstream's employees. He said that with care a pressure washer is fine.
That being said, not all pressure washers are the same. We own one that I used to use in my business to wash cars. It is a high volume, low pressure pressure washer with different nozzles for different uses. What makes this particular pressure washer so special is that it has a diesel fired water heater built in.
With a wide fan nozzle and hot water, there is simply no better way to clean an Airstream! Grease and grime simply melt away...
There is not enough pressure to do any real harm either. I've washed wood with no issues at all.
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:01 PM   #18
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I use a pressure washer to remove the large amounts of dust and dirt that accumulate when going off-road (Burning Man, gravel roads, etc). This helps save water (we're in a perpetual drought here in CA) over using a hose and a spray nozzle. Once the worst accumulations are gone, a soapy terry towel seems to work best.

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Old 10-01-2016, 01:59 PM   #19
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A hand wash isn't generally practical when traveling, and it is important to remove dirt and contaminants such as salt as soon as possible. Pressure sprays range from cutting concrete to rinsing your back in the shower. SENSIBLE use of a commercial car wash pressure wand is quite practical and safe. It's only Rocket Science 101 to hold it off enough to avoid damage. I do a through hand wash with a soft brush when I return to my own driveway.

Dawn or any other dishwashing detergent should not be used routinely. It will remove the protective wax and lubricants and age the clear coat prematurely. A quality car wash with wax will clean just fine (treat tar separately) and extend the effectiveness of the wax job.
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:12 PM   #20
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My trailer doesn't have a clear coat (anodized skin). Most of the time a high quality car soap (not from corner parts store; in general) with a long handle truck brush and two buckets is sufficient.

I add Calgon Water Softener to soap and rinse buckets.

The above assumes I started with a clean trailer and am now just maintaining it.

When I bought it (used) I used Blue Beacon Truck Wash after having manager explain concerns to line personnel. This took off years of dirt and grime. Those folks have a lot invested in what chemical combinations work.

We "two-stepped" the trailer. Acid followed by alkaline. An anodized surface takes on mineral stains. This cleaned it satisfactorily. Now it was "clean" and the above brush/bucket combo works wherever I am.

As a note, I'd work over the awnings, wheels/tires and undercarriage first. Then the body.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:33 PM   #21
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Pressure washing my Airstream

Pressure washers are detrimental to your car and your Airstream. The power of the water slowly over many washing eats away the paint and wax on your car and eats away the coating and dulls the aluminum on your Airstream. I personally, after each trip with my Airstream, wash my Airstream with water, ammonia and dish water soap. I use a mop with a handle and use a ladder to get to the roof. The entire washing takes usually about 1.5 hours but my Airstream, a 2005 International CCD, is still shiny and looks good according to many people who have seen it.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:42 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by amathis55 View Post
Pressure washers are detrimental to your car and your Airstream.
Hmmm. I have only been using a power washer on our Airstream since it was new 14 years ago. I started with it on cars many years prior. As far as I can determine, there has been no detrimental effect from using the power washer on either the Airstream or the cars. Of course, I do wax (or use a polish such as Walbernize) regularly.

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Old 10-08-2016, 06:42 AM   #23
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One good way to dry it is to use a leaf blower. Most high end limo companies etc use them to dry there cars off.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:07 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by powerwiz View Post
One good way to dry it is to use a leaf blower. Most high end limo companies etc use them to dry there cars off.

Now that sounds like a great idea.
I will be washing my AS this week and try it. Will post report after.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:18 AM   #25
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Leaf blower...great idea..

Originally Posted by franklyfrank View Post
Now that sounds like a great idea.
I will be washing my AS this week and try it. Will post report after.
I like this idea...I just got a Ryobi battery powered blower, which I love...light weight and uses same batteries I use in my trimmer and power tools...great use idea to dry the AS!
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Old 10-10-2016, 02:56 PM   #26
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I like this idea...I just got a Ryobi battery powered blower, which I love...light weight and uses same batteries I use in my trimmer and power tools...great use idea to dry the AS!
I got that suggestion from a world famous car detail-er who frequents forum. He used to wash the Presidential Limos and left a post on how to achieve perfect car washes with minimal touching. If you find that post he also has some youtube videos. Alot of sport car owners are insane when it comes to the washing/waxing part.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:06 PM   #27
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Washing aluminum comments

This comes from 40 years of maintaining aircraft and 20 years of aircraft ownership.

1. Simple Green and ammonia are corrosive to aluminum.

2. Dawn and detergents (and hot water) will strip the wax. Best to wash with a mild soap (intended for cars) and cold water.

3. Not all AS trailers are the same, some are clear coated, older ones are not.

4. Not all pressure washers are the same. Pressures vary, nozzles vary and usage varies.

5. Pressure washers are not a substitute for touching unless the pressure is great enough that you don't want to apply it to the seams of your AS.

Our technique uses a pressure washer of 1600 PSI and a gentle wand at a distance of 2'-3'.

1. Soap it down with a soap mixture in the pressure washer and a very gentle nozzle, using a pressure soap for aluminum siding.

2. Give it some dwell time to start to loosen the dirt and excessive pollen. During that time we use a soft toothbrush around the crevices (e.g. the "waist band" or "belt" trim).

3. Use a long handled brush, not a bristle brush but an extremely soft one with "feathered" bristles to loosen the dirt.

4. Use the pressure washer for the rinse using a medium nozzle and staying back 2'-3'.

This reduces a 2 hour event to > 1 hour. It uses a lot less water and we get less wet.

With care and some thinking, you can use a pressure washer to assist you. Unless you are ham-fisted you aren't going to peel the clear coat off or dent the skin.

So many variables... the Q&A is for the most part only talking absolutes and generalities.

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Old 05-10-2017, 07:07 AM   #28
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Yeah I don't use pressure washers, unless I am just rinsing the AS off from a distance to get salt spray off or bird crap.
Its not worth it to break that seal between the layer of aluminum and the sealant in-between. Screw that, I spend way to much time making sure it doesn't leak using that captain Tolley's creeping crack cure/sealer on rivets.
I'm not going to force water into the joints
Microfibre cloths & Turtle wax Zip-wash, spray nozzle on a garden hose, no extra pressure needed. Toro leaf blower/dryer, What I have always used on the truck. Nothing fancy,
Walbernize and it looks like like the day it rolled out of the factory
( maybe better)
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