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Old 07-06-2008, 12:56 AM   #15
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What do travelers with the big pushers use to clean their RV's? Do they go to a semi-truck/truck stop wash? Most pushers I see seem to be pretty spic 'n span clean and I can't imagine many of those owners up on a ladder putting on the elbow grease.

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Many of the larger truck stops on interstate routes have washing facilities for semi trucks with tall clearances and even scaffolds to get up high enough. It's a great place to clean up while on the road...
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:15 AM   #16
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It seems to me to be a little inconsiderate. I wouldn't want to camp in a car wash. It's bad enough having to clean up after dogs and pick up the last guy's trash without having to be in mud and mess from washing a trailer. Many quarter car washes have a bay thats big enough for large trucks, why not use that? The pressure should be better that you'll get from a hose at a campground, and anyway, camping is for leisure, beer and napping, not working. Your Airstream looks better dirty than most folks clean SOB.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:04 AM   #17
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The campground where we keep our AS during the summer allows washing, which we do twice a year.

We stayed at a KOA in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario that had an area in the campground where you could pull your TT and wash it there - concrete pad, drain, water supply.

Other than those two, the answer is usually no, although I've seen some folks washing theirs using a 2-gallon garden sprayer - minimal water use and no puddling.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:51 AM   #18
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I've been known to spray off the bottom couple of feet of mine after a particularly hard rain on a non-paved campsite that had splattered sand up onto the skin. However, the ground was already wet and I didn't use soap, just the water hose. I just think it's a bit incinsiderate to break out buckets of soap and start spraying water everywhere in a campground. Go to your local car wash and have a look at all the soap and road grime that has dried on the concrete. Do you really want to camp in the middle of that?
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:23 AM   #19
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Its generally not done in RV parks due to the tight packing of spaces. Runoff and spray being the problem.

But..there are parks which allow it and have specific areas for washing. Betabel Rv park near Gilroy CA. is an example.

Best thing is to ask at each stop. Offer a few $ for water and ask if there is an uncrowded area of the park you can camp in, or a designated wash area.

I'll do a little spot cleaning in ordinary sites, but not with a hose..
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:00 PM   #20
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Rinse jobs

I try to use a truck wash located near truck stops for my MH. I can't wash her at home as I full time. I have been known to rinse off the road dust with a hose from time to time. Try to be frugal with the water & no one will complain. There was only once when I was confronted about this. I had started with the front so I said was just cleaning off the bugs from the windsheild for safety. As an occasional campground host, I encourage you to ask about rinsing if there is a sign that forbids washng it.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:05 PM   #21
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You're supposed to wash these things?
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Depends on the campground...

Most campgrounds don't like it. However, there are always exceptions...

At one campground we asked the owner and he said yes. It was a small private one (farm campground -- very rural). He just asked that we not waste too much water. Afterward we slipped him some extra cash as a thank you. It's only fair...water does cost $$

It's something you gotta feel out. And always be frugal with the campground's resources.
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I full-time and most places I stay do not allow washing. However, I have found a compromise...
I fill up a bucket (my garbage can) with soapy (biodegradeable) water. With a sponge I wash one area at a time and follow with a clean towel to dry. Although I do not use water to rinse, my soap leaves no residue and I get 95% of the dirt off. It also leaves little clean up for me and no mess for the next camper. None of the campgrounds seem to mind when I use this method.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:31 PM   #24
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I full-time and most places I stay do not allow washing. However, I have found a compromise...
I fill up a bucket (my garbage can) with soapy (biodegradeable) water. With a sponge I wash one area at a time and follow with a clean towel to dry. Although I do not use water to rinse, my soap leaves no residue and I get 95% of the dirt off. It also leaves little clean up for me and no mess for the next camper. None of the campgrounds seem to mind when I use this method.
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Yes, this is what I do too. That two gallon bug sprayer bottle - plastic cheapo - works wonders too. I use a small bucket of soapy water for greasy dirty areas and stubborn dried on bugs, plain water squirted on and wiped off gently with a series of clean microfiber towels for all other areas. I use about a dozen or more towels, because they can pickup grit from wiping down the A/S and I don't want to create scratches. I do have a "mega towel" for the roof. Actually I sewed four of the small towels sewn together end to end. I can't reach all the way across, so I just sling the towel out, and drag it back. It even gets most of the crud off of the skylight, and the rest - well who can see it anyway?

Do be stingy about using soap. Most have ammonia which clouds up all plastics, including your lexan stone guards and your running lights. It might even prematurely age your clearcoat.

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Do be stingy about using soap. Most have ammonia which clouds up all plastics, including your lexan stone guards and your running lights. It might even prematurely age your clearcoat.

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Ammonia and aluminum mix very well in a bad way. They react. Avoid anything ammonia! Simple green is bad as well.
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I've found that a good car wash soap works great. BTW, avoid dish soaps completely. They will strip every last bit of wax from your finish.
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if you soap up when it's raining, does that count as taboo?
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I wash my 27FB at the campsite. I first get prepared with a 5 gal bucket of soapy water. I use a long handled brush with hose connection. When I start, I can very quickly wash and rinse as I go around. Does not use a huge amount of water and does not "flood" the area around the pad. If I am detailing an area, I will wash only the area to be detailed, e.g., the front gravel guards. A clean Airstream is a happy Airstream. Buddy
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