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Old 09-02-2005, 06:48 PM   #1
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I wash the Airstream today and was wondering what does everyone else use to do this with.I am using my Mr. Clean product and it seems to have worked very well.I just did not realize how long it would take in doing so though.Man...This is a pretty big job to do.I feel for you all who have the 30 footers out there.
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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I wash the Airstream today and was wondering what does everyone else use to do this with.I am using my Mr. Clean product and it seems to have worked very well.I just did not realize how long it would take in doing so though.Man...This is a pretty big job to do.I feel for you all who have the 30 footers out there.
I use Meguire's concentrated Wash/Wax, with a soft brush or wool head on a handle. Takes about 90 minutes for our 26 foot coach.
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Old 09-11-2005, 11:45 PM   #3
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Devo, I use some car wash (don't remember) that helps keep spotting to a minimum, for those areas that dry before I can towel it off. I also have an 8 foot ladder that I use to get the upper parts and to get those bugs off of the top skin on the front. So far, waxing with Walbernize has made the cleanup easier.
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:51 PM   #4
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I just ordered some Walbenize through Airstream.It seems this is the choise of waxing when it comes to the Airstream.
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It's about time!

This again? You betcha!! Okay -- It has been a lo-o-ong time since it has come up -- kinda surprised at that!

Try something like Extension Brush with some dilute Dove dishwashing liquid (this has been argued back and forth in previous threads). I'd believe you can actually get the brush at an RV dealer close to you if Camping World is not nearby. For sure you've got to get the bugs off. My dealer says use 2 parts water, one part vinegar -- elbow grease, soft sponge, tedious work, etc. The important thing is to search these forums on Walbernize -- this is the final preserving treatment for the Plasticote.
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It takes me three hours to do a complete wash and detail, that includes getting up on the roof and washing it. It takes another three hours to Walerize including the roof. I use an extension brush to wash and do the walberize by hand, both applying and polishing. Man am I beat after the detaling. The great thing is to see the Airstream the next day and such a beautiful shine.
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Old 09-17-2005, 10:55 PM   #7
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Here was Jack Canavera's post on washing an Airstream. I found it very useful.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...Armor+car+wash
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I use an extension brush with a big fat soft head on it. I still need to get up on the ladder for the roof, but once done, the balance of the trailer goes pretty fast. With the brush extended I can easily wash down the entire side of the trailer from top of side wall to the bottom.

My big secret to keeping things clean is to Walbernize in the spring and fall. I wash the trailer before each trip (that way it slips through the air faster ) and after I return (bugs and other road debris come off easily).

I use a big California squeege which pulls most of the excess water off the trailer. Then a touch up with a chamois type cloth to get most of what's left.

Walbernize job on my 30' trailer is about 3 hours. Wash and dry, clean wheels and tires about an hour.

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I also like the armor all wash product. I use Liquid Glass sealant to seal the surface after I wash, applying it once or twice a year, except for some touch ups as needed. This stuff dries hard and clear and seems to be a strong sealant against bird stuff, tree sap and such. One can will do my 28' twice end to end, top to bottom.
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My MH is painted so my experience may not hold for clear coated aluminum, nonetheless I use Mr. Clean Autodry. This is a gizmo that you add soap and a filter to. You then attach a hose, you can use it to apply tap water, soapy water, or filtered water from the gizmo. I use it with a wash head on a pole. The big deal is that when you rinse with the filtered water, it dries without leaving any watermarks.

When we are traveling I have taken to washing the windshield and front of the MH with this thing when we stop for the night. This is the only way I have found to get the windshield clean and without streaks. If you have a ladder (which I don't have while traveling) you can get the windshield streak free with a cloth but I have never been able to do so with a squeegee on a pole. The curve of the windshield makes it impossible.

The soap that comes with the gizmo seems to clean well but be mild, and the filtered water dries beautifully.
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