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Cleaning exterior of motorhome - How

Discussion in 'THE BEGINNER' started by themountaintiger, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. themountaintiger

    themountaintiger Funster

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    Can anyone help me with this...I need an idiots guide to cleaning exterior of motorhome. Im worried I might hurt it... :Doh:

    Ive bought so far

    • Fenwicks black streak remover
    • An extendable brush (bought from Go Outdoor in caravan section)
    • I have a sponge and some sort of mitt
    • set of stepladders
    • I have some general car wash stuff which I could use for cab

    Can anyone point me to a web page, other forum posts, youtube video which can help me clean motorhome like an 'Idiots Guide'

    Any help appreciated...









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  2. BrianJoJosh

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    cleaning

    hi there,there is no real simple way of cleaning your motorhome or RV,we swear by Autoglym,they have a fantastic range of quality products:Wink:my son josh usually takes care of most of our cleaning and polishing,he,s a great lad :thumb:eek:h and by the way you will need a very large tin of elbow grease:Rofl1: regards brian jo and josh:Wink:
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    pappajohn Funster

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    start at the top and work down....simples !

    i use nowt but hot water and washing up liquid with an extending brush.
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    hi mate its a daunting task better starting at the top and work down
    i have only done mine once 3hours and snow blindness. :cry:
    so next time im wearing shades them white panels hurt your eyes after looking at them for a while.
  5. Lynn ( Mrs Ash )

    Lynn ( Mrs Ash ) Funster

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    We use hot water fairy liquid and a extending brush , Cif cream works wonders on the black streaks , Ash done ours tonight and its gleaming :Smile::Smile:
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    Yep - start with the roof. Get your steps and the extended brush, plenty of soap and water and scrub. Then rinse then clean the rest

    Did it myself this weekend - bloody freezing.
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    Cleaning is quite simple, the only thing you must be aware of is DO NOT USE THE BRUSH ON THE POLYCARBONATE (plastic) WIDOWS!!, they scratch so easily, hose them down first to remove any grit then sponge them using plenty of water.
    I usually hose the whole van down first, then clean it using a proprietary car wash (apparently washing up liquid contains salt and is therefore corrosive), I then hose the suds off and then using a garden spray I spray the whole thing with Fenwicks 'Bobby Dazzler', 1 capful to 5 litres water, it's brilliant stuff the rinsing water just rolls off, then finally leather it all down.
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    If you use washing up liquid - make sure you polish afterwards as you remove any wax/protective coating that is on there. You will then suffer fading and black streaks.

    tfr is usually pretty good stuff, or like you are doing, a caravan cleaner, or general body wash wax and a brush. Polish after as it makes it look better, stops oxidisation, and helps dirt fall off easier next time!

    I fusing any chemicals such as tfr or g101, do not allow to dry - start from the bottom, and work up when applying the fluid, and rinse bottom up - this avoids streaking. When it comes to the roof, makes sure the sides are kept wet and rinse the whole vehicle after.
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    I have plenty of elbow grease dont worry about that, just a shortage of the motorhome cleaning brain cell.....:Eek!:
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    Hi T
    I did mine this week, got up on the roof did that first good swill off, then the sides I use Fenwicks Motor home cleaner on both this and my last van, I was told not to use washing up liquid by the dealers so I took there advise, I also use a good wax on the Fiat bit, I hope that's of some help to you other than that just give yourself plenty of time to do it. Pete :thumb::thumb::thumb:
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    ok got that, so i need men in black sunglasses...
    and treat it like misses, start from top and work down...:Eeek:

    seems ive been overworrying about it if some people have been using washing up liquid.. I have visions of the Aliens acid blood melting its way through motorhome if i didnt use right products....







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  12. lou020

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    washed ours today,tried wash n wax,,,useless. wife got the cif cream, works wonders on the black streaks. took us about 2-3 hours in all,bloody knackered now and my arm is ready to drop off.:Angry: :thumb:
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    what!!!!! CIF???? Are you mad?:Eeek:

    Cif is an abrasive - takes away black streaks and you will lose quite a bit of value off your van! Dealers love CIF - saves them thousands when you trade in.

    Kills gel coat, kills paint finish...you may as well use sandpaper. NEVER use these types of product.

    When it dries, you van will have a matt finish, dirt will never come off as you have broken the paint/gel surface. You can have the van proffesionally machine polished to make it look a little better - but keep it polished as the van paint will deteriorate very quickly!

    Rant over!:BigGrin:
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  14. themountaintiger

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    Think ill have to do motorhome in shifts, perhaps top one week, one side another week etc..or I could try child labour..hmm wonder if its safe to have 5 yr old grandson on top of motorhome wearing woolly socks dipped in cleaning fluid..... :thumb:









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    true, it is corrosive....but not to plastic, paint and fiberglass. :RollEyes:
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    Is the fenwicks stuff you used black streak remover, or is it another product they sell. I did notice on the back of the black streak remover they did mention something about diluting it down to 10% solution, but it did confuse me a bit...Think they meant for rest of motorhome.....:Smile:
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    thanks for the good tip re windows, I wouldnt have been aware of that..so it looks like id better get some Fenwicks Bobbly Dazzler...:thumb:






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    Fixing screws, hingepins, trim mounting clips etc aren't plastic!! and are usually in positions that the water lodges
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    Remember too not to lean your ladder / steps against your m/h or you will end up with scratches unless they are very well padded :thumb::thumb:


    We use all Auto Glym products now , they cover all the motorhome different needs, not cheap but we find them very good...we did try Mere(sp?) but that was murder to get off
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    Hi we use fenwicks mh cleaner works a treat if going up on roof just stay away from vents and stuff as roof will be weaker around them also if you have an overhead cab i dont think its advisable to go on there. As champers says dont lean ladder against mh we have an old pillow we tape to top of ladder so it doesnt dent it.

    I have found in the past though it is easier to get the wife to clean it :Rofl1::Rofl1:

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