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Old 10-11-2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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Wash, wax and treat II

For the past 8 years, I have kept our trailer clean and protected by using quality products seen below and detailed in my updated History Safari Express post, "Wash, wax and treat II."
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Old 10-11-2015, 10:06 PM   #2
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One of the best and most immediate procedures for new Airstream owners. Without it your Airstream's first exposure to winter road or ocean salt is likely to start filiform corrosion appearing.

With winter approaching, new Airstreams will probably be delivered on salted winter roads. These simple corrosion prevention procedures can make a significant difference whether or not your new Airstream will develop filiform.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:21 AM   #4
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I have yet been able to wax my Airstream. Where it sits on the front driveway at home is in full sun and summers are too hot, winters too cold. I guess I could wash it at home tow it back to my covered storage and work on it there. It would probably be a full weekend activity. I don't have a ladder tall enough to do the roof. Not sure I could reach far enough to get to the center.

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Old 10-12-2015, 09:47 AM   #5
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Get some Griott's waterless car wash and some high quality micro fiber towels. That's how I wash my AS. It only takes about 30 minutes. You can also use a spray wax (mcguiars quick wax) again with high quality micro fiber. It doesn't last as long as a paste or liquid wax, but I can wax my AS in about 20 minutes.


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Old 10-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #6
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Thanks everybody for your comments and suggestions!

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I have yet been able to wax my Airstream. Where it sits on the front driveway at home is in full sun and summers are too hot, winters too cold.

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As you can see by the photos in my article, washing and waxing in the full sun doesn't stop me... here in sunny San Diego, I can't wait for the perfect weather conditions for waxing.

Thanks to all for your comments... I invite everyone to comment here what works well for you in keeping your Airstream protected and looking good!
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:37 AM   #7
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Maybe I can wax the side that is in the shade in the morning and then do the other side in the afternoon. Do you wax the roof also? That way I could keep the Airstream at home and pop in every 1/2 hour to check on my 93 year mom who lives with us.

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Any one have any feedback on the book The (Nearly) Complete Guide To Airstream Maintenance? It is now available on iBooks (not Kindle yet)
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Old 10-12-2015, 04:42 PM   #9
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For the past 8 years, I have kept our trailer clean and protected by using quality products seen below and detailed in my updated History Safari Express post, "Wash, wax and treat II."
I am washing/waxing my trailer now with those same products and same techniques.
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You should really get an 8 foot ladder. It is dangerous to stand where you are standing on the ladder. The ladder even has a label that says not to stand above this step. You could lose your balance, fall, and break a leg.
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You should really get an 8 foot ladder. It is dangerous to stand where you are standing on the ladder. The ladder even has a label that says not to stand above this step. You could lose your balance, fall, and break a leg.

Or an arm. This is exactly how I broke my arm last spring.


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I bought and read The (nearly) Complete Guide to Airstream Maintenance about a month ago and was disappointed. You can read my comments on Amazon. Basically I expected a great deal more detail. And I expected real pictures, not drawings. But, the Guide is better than the owner's manual.
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Do you wax the roof also?

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Yes... please read my posted article: "Wash, wax and treat II".

In this article, I list in detail my tools and supplies, strategy, and step by step procedure, including how and why I wax the roof and AC shroud!
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Any one have any feedback on the book The (Nearly) Complete Guide To Airstream Maintenance? It is now available on iBooks (not Kindle yet)

I found it to be a good purchase.


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