Friday, May 18, 2018

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Talking Dirty

Note: No endorsement of any service or product is implied.  This information is provided to help you do your own research. 

When your RV is too high to reach and too dirty to ignore, it’s time to look at RV washing services and/or equipment for doing the job yourself.  
How to sort out the confusing array of services and price packages available?

                                          How to Choose an RV Car Wash

* Go to a specialist in washing RV’s. While a truck wash may be big enough for your RV there are differences. An RV specialist will know the best treatments for the roof, body, materials, slides, seals, trims. Different pricing may apply for various surfaces. (Aircraft aluminum campers, for example, require different, and usually more costly, care than a camper made with corrugated aluminum or painted steel.) 

* RV detailers often specialize in both  boats and RV’s and that’s a good thing. They are familiar with products  for steel, aluminum, painted surfaces, decals, plastics and fiberglass.

* Mobile RV wash service franchises are found in thousands of locations around the nation. One company is (www.)nationaldetailpros.com,  (800) 601-0626. Just enter your zip code to find the nearest mobile car wash near you. You can also do a search for RV+Carwash+Name of Your City. 

* If the detailer comes to you, know what equipment they bring (ladder, pressure washer, wash and wax supplies, vacuum)  and what you must provide, such as water and electricity.  Your homeowner association,  landlord or zoning may not permit this work to be done on your property or campsite because of environmental concerns, water use or runoff.

* If it’s a drive-through truck wash, what about slides and the awning? 

* Areas that have a large number of RV travelers, such as Las Vegas and Orlando, may offer specials that include one or two free camping nights or coupons for a discounted meal.  Ask your campground host for a recommendation. 

                                                                Pricing

Because so many services and products are available for so many types of RV’s it’s difficult to price shop unless you get very specific. 

     Generally, detailing is priced by the foot with options for regular wash, wash plus wax,  and  wash, wax and buff plus detailing the interior. Plan to spend about $7 per foot for washing a corrugated aluminum camper, $18 per foot for wash and wax, $34 per foot for wash, wax and buff. Because of the special polishes involved, the full treatment for an aircraft aluminum trailer (e.g. Airstream) may run $80 per foot or more. 

                                                           Do It Yourself

If you want to clean and maintain your RV’s exterior yourself, costs for equipment such as a pressure washer and materials can add up quickly. However, you can do a lot with a few basic items that can be stowed in the RV itself. This Carrand flow-through brush attaches to a hose, allowing you to wash and scrub gently all at the same time. The handle telescopes to 71 inches.  See it at 
https://amzn.to/2L56dHL   A smaller model telescopes to 55 inches. 

With a wide brush or mop you’ll want a rectangular bucket, 
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     Inexpensive baby shampoo is ideal for basic washdowns. 




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