Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-18-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
easler7267's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
Hanscom AFB , Massachusetts
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 29
Washing Airstream

My wife & I bought our 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB last year and have really been having a blast with it.

We have never washed the exterior though. I'm wondering how often we should wash it, soaps to use/avoid and how you do it. Pressure wash at home on a ladder? Try to take it to one of those do it yourself car wash bays with the wand pressure washer and a ladder? Try to find an RV car wash?

How do you guys do it?


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________

__________________
easler7267 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 09:29 AM   #2
CLOUDSPLITTER Phone home
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,806
Images: 1
Thumbs up Welcome Aboard....

Search or ask? Then choose

Bob
__________________

__________________
"If your confused about what to do, whatever you end up doing will turn out to be the right thing to have done."
DJT

"The problem with quotes found on the Internet is that it's hard to be sure of their authenticity."
Abe Lincolan
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 09:36 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Adventure.AS's Avatar
 
2017 25' International
Port Dover , Ontario
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 502
Quote:
Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post
I checked your link, as a new AS owner too interested in washing advice, and unfortunately, none of the links that came up answered the question posed by the OP.
__________________
Ray B.
WBCCI #6497

“One test is worth a thousand 'expert' opinions”
Sign at Boeing headquarters, posted by test pilot Alvin “Tex” Johnston, c1948
Adventure.AS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 09:38 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 7,599
Images: 33
At home Use plain old liquid car soap and water with Microsoft cloths. On the road I use a commercial truck wash facility if the trailer has gotten really grimy. $20 bucks or so for a good hand wash. Next best is a good wipe down in a good strong rain. This is one of those subjects that is not rocket science or needs input from an Internet engineer.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 09:47 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar

 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Melbourne Beach , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,867
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
At home Use plain old liquid car soap and water with Microsoft cloths. On the road I use a commercial truck wash facility if the trailer has gotten really grimy. $20 bucks or so for a good hand wash. Next best is a good wipe down in a good strong rain. This is one of those subjects that is not rocket science or needs input from an Internet engineer.
Now Bill Gates is into car detailing?

Don't you just love spellcheckers?

Al
__________________

"You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"

Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO
2002 Classic 30 Slideout
S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
2001 Safari 25 RB Twin (Gone, but not forgotten)
WBCCI 1322, TAC FL-39, AIR 82265

Al and Missy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 09:57 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,214
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
At home Use plain old liquid car soap and water with Microsoft cloths. On the road I use a commercial truck wash facility if the trailer has gotten really grimy. $20 bucks or so for a good hand wash. Next best is a good wipe down in a good strong rain. This is one of those subjects that is not rocket science or needs input from an Internet engineer.
I use car wash with wax in it such as turtle wax or any of other car soaps with wax in, very soft bristle brush and micro soft mitt and cloths. I would be very careful of truck washes as they recycle water and use acids for alum. fuel tanks and shiny trailers. [Truck paints very dif. than AS coatings.] There is small amount of acid but builds up in water over time. Large trucks reasonable to get washed. I would like to no where can get hand wash for $ 20.00 or so as car hand wash in our area is min. $20.00 this is not a large trailer only cars. Auto matic car wash is min. $8.00 plus for basic no extras, unless go to one that has brushes less money but tend to scratch finish.
__________________
featherbedder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 10:09 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar

 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Melbourne Beach , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,867
I use a small pressure washer first to remove as much surface dirt as possible. Years ago I would have never thought about this, but I attended a car care seminar put on by a detail shop that details $150K cars in Atlanta. The owner said they do it routinely and it reduces the possibility of scratching the finish while washing. He said if you can hold your hand under the spray it will not hurt the finish. I have been washing all my cars this way for years without incident. He also recommended another thing I would have never thought of - the use of a boar's hair bristle brush. It turns out that the boar's hair bristles are split at the end and very soft. They clean a car finish without scratching and do not hold dirt like a sponge or wash cloth.

Another little trick is to use wet dryer sheets to remove bug debris. They work great, but will leave a residue if you don't rinse thoroughly right afterwards. I work on small areas at a time.

I use a good car wash like Mother's or Meguiars. I got a long handled wash tool at WM. It has an extension handle and the wash pad is like LONG shag carpet over a foam back. Using that and a ladder, I can easily clean the roof in addition to reaching the complete sides from ground level.

Al
__________________

"You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"

Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO
2002 Classic 30 Slideout
S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
2001 Safari 25 RB Twin (Gone, but not forgotten)
WBCCI 1322, TAC FL-39, AIR 82265

Al and Missy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 10:11 AM   #8
CLOUDSPLITTER Phone home
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,806
Images: 1
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Adventure.AS View Post
I checked your link, as a new AS owner too interested in washing advice, and unfortunately, none of the links that came up answered the question posed by the OP.
So Sorry Just what I do, Dawn is for dishes & ducks, no brushes no matter how "soft"....other opinions will vary.

Oh...and I do use a power washer. Wide angle head only at 3' & beyond.

Bob
__________________
"If your confused about what to do, whatever you end up doing will turn out to be the right thing to have done."
DJT

"The problem with quotes found on the Internet is that it's hard to be sure of their authenticity."
Abe Lincolan
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 10:22 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 7,599
Images: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Al and Missy View Post
Now Bill Gates is into car detailing?

Don't you just love spellcheckers?



Al
must be nice to be perfect in every way.

Quote:
Originally Posted by featherbedder View Post
I use car wash with wax in it such as turtle wax or any of other car soaps with wax in, very soft bristle brush and micro soft mitt and cloths. I would be very careful of truck washes as they recycle water and use acids for alum. fuel tanks and shiny trailers. [Truck paints very dif. than AS coatings.] There is small amount of acid but builds up in water over time. Large trucks reasonable to get washed. I would like to no where can get hand wash for $ 20.00 or so as car hand wash in our area is min. $20.00 this is not a large trailer only cars. Auto matic car wash is min. $8.00 plus for basic no extras, unless go to one that has brushes less money but tend to scratch finish.

I googled it for you, ok you got me, current price $24.
http://www.bluebeacon.com/RVMotorCoa...ng/RVBenefits/

__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 10:57 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar

 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Melbourne Beach , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,867
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
must be nice to be perfect in every way.
...

Michael took offense at my post. It wasn't intended to be about him. Sorry for any misinterpretations.

Al
__________________

"You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"

Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO
2002 Classic 30 Slideout
S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
2001 Safari 25 RB Twin (Gone, but not forgotten)
WBCCI 1322, TAC FL-39, AIR 82265

Al and Missy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 11:11 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
SeaLevel's Avatar
 
2016 25' Flying Cloud
Jupiter , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by Al and Missy View Post
Michael took offense at my post. It wasn't intended to be about him. Sorry for any misinterpretations.

Al
I got it - Microsoft instead of microfiber - but it would be auto-correct instead of a spell checker.
__________________
SeaLevel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2016, 11:14 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar

 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Melbourne Beach , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,867
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeaLevel View Post
I got it - Microsoft instead of microfiber - but it would be auto-correct instead of a spell checker.
Oops - easy to see how Michael might be offended. The bad part is I mis-spoke. I need to improve my terminology.

Thanks.

Really sorry, Michael. My mistake.


Al
__________________

"You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"

Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO
2002 Classic 30 Slideout
S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
2001 Safari 25 RB Twin (Gone, but not forgotten)
WBCCI 1322, TAC FL-39, AIR 82265

Al and Missy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2016, 01:53 PM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
easler7267's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
Hanscom AFB , Massachusetts
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post

Bob

For you to assume I didn't search is pretty presumptive of you. I did search & came up with things as helpful as your link: not helpful at all.

So either you can answer an honest question from a fellow
Airstreamer or you can't.


But don't be a dick. It's a nice rule to live by. Either be helpful or be quiet.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
easler7267 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2016, 02:26 PM   #14
CLOUDSPLITTER Phone home
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , WNY
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,806
Images: 1
Wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by easler7267 View Post
Bob

For you to assume I didn't search is pretty presumptive of you. I did search & came up with things as helpful as your link: not helpful at all.

So either you can answer an honest question from a fellow
Airstreamer or you can't.


But don't be a dick. It's a nice rule to live by. Either be helpful or be quiet.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
OUCH!!!

So sorry if your feelings got hurt.

Bob
__________________

__________________
"If your confused about what to do, whatever you end up doing will turn out to be the right thing to have done."
DJT

"The problem with quotes found on the Internet is that it's hard to be sure of their authenticity."
Abe Lincolan
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Warning! Washing a New Airstream campadk Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 21 02-19-2016 03:35 PM
Washing Airstream Drapes 2000 Excella Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 2 07-30-2011 06:44 PM
Pressure washing an airstream navyeod Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 17 04-06-2009 09:04 PM
Washing the Airstream Devoman Our Community 9 09-18-2005 04:57 PM
Washing a new Airstream desidou Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 2 06-15-2005 09:10 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.