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Old 03-18-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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Washing an Airstream

My wife and I are new to Airstreams, other than a year or two with our restored Argosy. We cannot get the airstream into our driveway, and even if we could, the HOA won't permit any long-term parking. The storage facility where we have it parked will not permit washing. So, my question is......where do you wash your airstream if you're in the same boat we're in?

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Old 03-18-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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Can you park on the street long enough to give it a good cleaning?


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Old 03-18-2015, 05:07 PM   #3
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Could you maybe find one of those drive-through car washes where you wash the vehicle yourself with a pressure washer that has enough clearance and turn around room to take the trailer through?

I seem to recall we did that once on a trip somewhere and used a long handled truck asking brush that we had with us as well as the sprayer wand provided.

We also took our trailer and truck through an 18 wheeler truck wash once - but it cost us over $60 about five years ago!

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Old 03-18-2015, 05:08 PM   #4
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At a car-truck wash...
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:09 PM   #5
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Im not in that situation but I have taken my Argosy to the do it yourself power washer type places before. Especially after leaving the beach but be careful with power washers and watch your clearance. They have some places made for Semi's which have lots of clearance.

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We've taken ours to the DIY car wash place, but usually just pull it into the driveway for a quick scrub once a year.

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Old 03-18-2015, 05:39 PM   #7
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:47 PM   #8
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While on trips, I've usually been able to find a "wash it yourself" coin-op car wash that has at least one bay that's high enough for a moho or a trailer. One of them I used last year actually had a 3 ft wall on either side so you could stand on it and get to the top of your RV! They had steps at either end to make this easy. Frankly, I like this set-up better than doing it at home as the pressure wand lets you get underneath your trailer a lot better than my hose with spray attachment. Costs a few bucks, but quick and easy.
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It takes me two hours tops to wash and polish my Bambi. What wouldhappen ay home? A fine, make you move? Certainly work crews park in your neighborhood as do moving trucks.
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If you use a pressure washer ( and some recommend you don't) make sure you DONT direct the spray directly at the seams
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I switched to a waterless car wash a couple of years ago for our AS and cars. It works great (fast and no mess). Just make sure you get high quality microfiber towels such as Griotts. The ones I found at box stores were terrible.

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One of the best RV wash bays out there.

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Old 03-19-2015, 04:39 AM   #13
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Because of the extreme and unpredictable pressures when using a pressure washer, I would never suggest this as a way to wash an AS directly.

One thought, if the ambient temperature permits, is to go to a parking area when it is raining lightly and simply use a soft wash brush to go over the roof and then sides, allowing the rain to rinse off the loosened dirt.

Or, if a pressure wash bay is found where it will fit, by holding the nozzle far enough away, only the fog of water/soap will get to the surface, then with the soft wash brush go over things. A ladder and long handle on the brush are of course required, and the awnings need to be opened up after the wash to allow drying and avoid deleterious effects from trapped water.

The time required can be extensive, possibly 4 hours to do a good job on 30 foot unit.
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Originally Posted by Lumatic View Post
If you use a pressure washer ( and some recommend you don't) make sure you DONT direct the spray directly at the seams

Been using a PW, and or truck wash for 27yrs,,,SFSG!

Stay at least 3' away, do NOT try and remove dirt/grime with a direct spray,
rinse only!!
PW is the best way to rinse or maybe 65mph in a downpour.


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