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Old 01-28-2016, 03:53 PM   #1
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washing your trailer

Has any took their airstream to a truck wash and let them wash it



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Blue Beacon will do a good job. Just ask they not to get real close with the sprayers and not to spray upwards along the seams, vents, heaters, etc. I've used them if I ran into winter conditions with the resultant magchloride on everything. They will do you tow vehicle at the same time. They can also apply Rain-X for you which will help the water run off going forward.
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Blue Beacon will do a good job.
What do they charge?
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what product to use to wash airstream

Hello. My First airstream, what shall I wash my trailer with?
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Wash it with a car wash product such as Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash - any name brand will do. Car wash soap is mild and won't remove wax or leave streaks when rinsed. Don't use dish washing soap, it's harsh on the finish and will remove wax. Keep plenty of microfiber towels handy to dry with. Wash one section at a time to avoid water drying on the surface and leaving water spots on the aluminum. It's easier with two persons doing the job. One can wash and rinse while the other dries.
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Old 09-27-2023, 04:15 PM   #6
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Blue Beacon, $50-60 truck and trailer. Just tell them "Please, no brushes"


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Old 09-27-2023, 04:23 PM   #7
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You can also use aero wash, which is designed for airplanes. It also will put down some protective wax. I think Walbernize makes a similar product.

If heavily soiled then spray wash it first.
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Yep, Blue Beacon, spray only.

Trailer and truck were really dirty after a very dusty Burningman 2022. We came home to a September heat wave, 106 degrees, and I just didn't have the energy, so I sat in the AC and drove out 30 minutes to the interstate where the truck wash is.

They were very thorough, but that means the wait in line can be a bit long. From the time I got there to the time I pulled out was a good hour.

I think it was ~$70 for both. With all the stuff on top of a trailer, you may still have to do a little cleaning yourself. The water and bits of dust and dirt get trapped in and around the ACs, skylights, solar glands and such. It ends up running down and leaving some streaks.

Used a clay bar this year after washing it. It sounds like a pain in the ass to rub an entire 30' trailer with a bar of soap sized piece of clay, but once we got going the 2 of us did all but the end caps in about hour or so. It really cleans up the water spots and other stuff leaving the finish glass smooth.
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