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ohwally 08-24-2008 11:37 AM

help, help, help. new to it all.
hello all,
i am soon to be the proud owner of 2005 28'safari and have zero knowledge of airstreams. i am a 'neat/clean' freak and want to clean, clean, clean it as soon as i get it home. now the questions : what to use to wash it ? how to get mildew etc off roof ? can i stand on the roof ? (if not how to clean roof)? what wax to use ?
i will not overstay my welcome here but another quick there supposed to be an anode rod in the water heater ?
any and all advice is highly appreciated as i am beyond a beginner to airstreams....

2airishuman 08-24-2008 12:46 PM

hi oh' and welcome to the forums!

no anode rod on these newer water heaters, they are lined in such a way that it isn't needed.

and will actually void the warranty coverage on some units.

one can walk on the white top panel, but stay on the RIBS and don't eat a big meal beforehand!

there is a LARGE sub forum on cleaning, surface care, dealing with scratches, and protecting the finish with wax or sealants.

so go read that section. LOTS and LOTS of good stuff that will answer your questions...

basically treat the exterior JUST LIKE a fine automobile, since it has a clearcoat finish.


TBRich 08-24-2008 12:54 PM

Welcome to the Airforums...and congrats on your Airstream! Lots of good info here on just about everything you need to know...enjoy yourself and enjoy the new toy!

See you down the road...

Minnie's Mate 08-24-2008 03:51 PM

Welcome to the forums and to the fold. Airstreams don't look too dirty until they really need cleaning. Probably the ones that you see that look like they need a bath are probably either older units with a lot of surface oxidation that haven't been polished or newer units that have the more mat looking finish and just need waxing without polishing, or units that have been on the road a while.

Of course you can strip the clear coat off a new one and polish, polish, polish until you get a mirror shine, but that is not the idea with the newer units. The idea with the newer units is to have less maintenance and more camping so when you get it, wash it once, wax it once and get out and start enjoying it!

richinny 08-24-2008 04:07 PM


standing on to as mentioned above is ok. do NOT put weight on the front and rear rounded ends as the will dent!

moosetags 08-24-2008 04:18 PM

Welcome from the Florida Panhandle
Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congrats on your new baby. We wash our Lucy with regular car wash soap.

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