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Old 09-17-2017, 02:07 AM   #1
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To Wax, or not to Wax, that is the question

I'm a busy, non-retired professional. To me, waxing my trailer sounds about as pleasurable as waxing my legs.

I have a suspicion that waxing is purely for cosmetic reasons. Is this the case, or is the trailer going to fall apart after a few years if I don't invest time into the waxing ritual? That would make me much more interested in doing it as I plan to own mine for 20+ years, and I want it to last.
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:39 AM   #2
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Do what ever you want, I'm sure there are plenty out there that have never been waxed. Suspect it'll oxidize till it's just an off white chalky surface. The bugs, road tar, and such would be harder to remove completely, black streaks may be worse too. When and if you do eventually want to shine it up it'll be a good deal of work.

Just keep up on the preventative maintenance so you don't get leaks, caulking and such.

Storing it under cover would help a lot.
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:42 AM   #3
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It's also a pride thing.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:24 AM   #4
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I am in the camp of not cleaning and waxing as often as I should. It comes down to priorities, which trailer related first come to camping, then dealing with the myriad of mods I still have to make on it.

Oh yeah, there are the life things that get in the way, like family and friend time, work on or around the house, the fact that work is picking up again and folks want to spend money on me.

After picking up in January I am hoping to put the first coat of wax on before winter, but seeing the trailer is out at our land having no room for it at home while we do major renos, it will be tough to get it done. I need to run a gen set for the polisher to work, as I ain't doing it all by hand, that's for sure. I will probably get out there and have some fun instead, we'll see.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:35 AM   #5
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I am a busy , retired , non-professional and I find waxing my trailer quite pleasurable , relaxing and it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
I enjoy spending a nice spring, summer or fall day outdoors washing and waxing my trailer or my truck.
I certainly could pursue a more academic / intellectual form of entertainment but I will save that pursuit for winter .

Next week I will give my trailer its final coat of wax for the season then it's off to winter storage. I can hardly wait the anticipation is killing me.

I hope my post did not come across as too pretentious ? ! !
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:48 AM   #6
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I hope my post did not come across as too pretentious ? ! !
Nope, it just portrayed how weird you really are.

I am headed outside soon to wash the windows of this house we moved into for what is probably the first time in over 20 years. It will be satisfying to be able to see out of them, but in no way rewarding as an accomplishment, nor fun to do. I would rather be out working in my shop, but that is all in storage for the time being.

edit: I actually know of many people who take pleasure from what others would consider menial tasks. My wife is much like that, but that helps make our fit work better.
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Nope, it just portrayed how weird you really are.
Thanks Jim ; Coming from you I will view that remark as a compliment !!
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Thanks Jim ; Coming from you I will view that remark as a compliment !!
Takes one to know one, eh?
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:50 AM   #9
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I am a busy , retired , non-professional and I find waxing my trailer quite pleasurable , relaxing and it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
I enjoy spending a nice spring, summer or fall day outdoors washing and waxing my trailer or my truck.
I certainly could pursue a more academic / intellectual form of entertainment but I will save that pursuit for winter .

Next week I will give my trailer its final coat of wax for the season then it's off to winter storage. I can hardly wait the anticipation is killing me.

I hope my post did not come across as too pretentious ? ! !
No weird or pretentious at all. When I retire, I'll probably enjoy waxing my trailer too

Oddly, I do enjoy cleaning my kitchen, so everbody has their thing..
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Here is another one that enjoys waxing my trailer. As a practical reason, I'm sure the added coat of wax on the front of the trailer lets the wind sip by more easily, adding at least .0001 MPG!
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