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Old 09-14-2018, 05:33 PM   #1
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Is it OK to use a Power Washer on the Escape?

Just got back from vacation and was wondering if it there is any reason why i shouldn't use a power washer on my E19 trailer. I'm thinking this would be an easy way to get rid of all the squashed bugs on the front of the trailer.
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:44 PM   #2
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I think as long as you don’t directly blast any place with seals, the fiberglass hull itself should be pretty impervious to a pressure washer. There are a fair number of penetrations to look out for though, including lights, windows, door, vents, etc.
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I wouldn't use a pressure washer. I have holes in my concrete walk from using my pressure washer.
Much easier to spray on Turtle Bug 'n' Tar, wait a minute or two for it to disolve the bug ( involves enzymes ), and wipe off.
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Just got back from vacation and was wondering if it there is any reason why i shouldn't use a power washer on my E19 trailer. I'm thinking this would be an easy way to get rid of all the squashed bugs on the front of the trailer.
Decals could suffer as well...
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:43 PM   #5
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Personally, I would NEVER use a power washer on my fiberglass, unless you want to install a new window or draw/engrave your name on it. It can be quite destructive.



Bad idea IMHO.
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I use Bug-Off. Works great. Spray it on and I can see the bug guts dripping down. I then wash the trailer like usual.
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I just washed our 17 today, including the bugs. We use Dawn dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water, and a long-handled soft plastic brush (one of those 'car-wash' brushes that you're supposed to hook to a hose.) pre-rinse and wet; brush on the cleaning solution w/2-3 applications on the front and buggy areas. Let the detergent do its thing. Brush the dirt and bugs loose. Rinse. Repeat as necessary.

It took me 40 minutes, including rinsing. Towel dry. It's now clean as a whistle. In the morning I'll apply Aero 303, and we're good for the winter!
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I would never wash anything of value with a power washer, simple.
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Just got back from vacation and was wondering if it there is any reason why i shouldn't use a power washer on my E19 trailer. I'm thinking this would be an easy way to get rid of all the squashed bugs on the front of the trailer.
I use a pressure washer on my 19' a couple of times a year. I first use the soap nozzle and apply a "specially formulated" pressure washer soap (Zep brand from Lowes). Let it sit five minutes or so, then switch to the widest nozzle (40 degrees), stand back about 6' and use fast sweeps of the wand. Cleans up beautifully. Don't get close, and don't linger, else you will lift decals, blow off lights and otherwise damage your trailer.

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Old 09-15-2018, 12:18 PM   #10
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A power washer is likely to take the wax off. I would use an automotive detergent like Meguiares in a bucket of water with a soft brush or cloth and rinse. That usually takes off the bugs with a little extra scrubbing. I find dishwashing detergents also tend to strip the wax off. If afterwards there is no beading of water on the surface I will wax as well - usually the front of the trailer and storage box after a long trip or once every couple of months during the summer.
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Meguiar’s car wash soap and a long handledI car wash brush works for us .
Meguiars does a good job of cleaning off dirt and bugs without removing wax
I find that keeping my trailer waxed makes cleaning and bug removal easier and keeps the gel coat from oxidizing.
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I just washed our 17 today, including the bugs. We use Dawn dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water, and a long-handled soft plastic brush (one of those 'car-wash' brushes that you're supposed to hook to a hose.) pre-rinse and wet; brush on the cleaning solution w/2-3 applications on the front and buggy areas. Let the detergent do its thing. Brush the dirt and bugs loose. Rinse. Repeat as necessary.

It took me 40 minutes, including rinsing. Towel dry. It's now clean as a whistle. In the morning I'll apply Aero 303, and we're good for the winter!
If you use dishwashing liquid to clean your trailer or tow vehicle, you should apply a good wax afterward. Dishwashing liquids are made to remove grease and will remove any car wax. Auto manufacturers strongly discourage the use of such products to wash vehicles.
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If you use dishwashing liquid to clean your trailer or tow vehicle, you should apply a good wax afterward. Dishwashing liquids are made to remove grease and will remove any car wax. Auto manufacturers strongly discourage the use of such products to wash vehicles.

Use of Aero303 precludes the use of wax. It's an either/or choice. We had decided on Aero303 after some research, and talking with aircraft owners (we're 3 miles from a general aviation airport), and boaters (we're 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean). We love it. It's been 3 full years now, and based on the condition of the trailer's finish, we think it was the correct decision for us.
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You used the Aerospace 303 Protectant on the fiberglass? I've only used that on things like vinyl awnings, interesting idea to use it directly on the trailer.

note Aero 303 now has a whole line of products, its easy to get confused. they make a fantastic fabric water repellant I use on the canvas cloth-top on my convertible mercedes.
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You used the Aerospace 303 Protectant on the fiberglass? I've only used that on things like vinyl awnings, interesting idea to use it directly on the trailer.

note Aero 303 now has a whole line of products, its easy to get confused. they make a fantastic fabric water repellant I use on the canvas cloth-top on my convertible mercedes.

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You're right, there are a variety of 303 products. The one we use has the identifier number 30313, and is sold by Gold Eagle Co., Chicago. On the directions on the back: "Safe and effective on a variety of surfaces such as vinyl, plastics, synthetic and natural rubber, PVC, ..., gel coat, fiberglass, ...". "Not for unfinished leathers (such as suede), fabrics(canvas) or floorings."


As I mentioned, we are at the three year mark, and are extremely happy with the results.
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You're right, there are a variety of 303 products. The one we use has the identifier number 30313, and is sold by Gold Eagle Co....
And that is precisely the right one to use on the shell, the original formula.

We get it by the gallon because it's far less expensive and will last us a very long time - just refill spray bottles with it:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PM3TIQ2..._FrpOBbQYBW9CD

I first found 303 Aerospace Protectant in a Spa store decades ago. They used it to protect the fiberglass on outdoor hot tubs. 303 works great on the shell, the only caveat being that on non-porous surfaces you need to apply it more than once an year for proper protection.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:27 AM   #17
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Is it OK to use 303 on new Gelcoat? Thinking on applying when we PU our new 19’ next month for the trip home.
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I would not apply anything to a new unit, I think it may still be curing. Water would be it for me until at least 6 months.
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Is it OK to use 303 on new Gelcoat? Thinking on applying when we PU our new 19’ next month for the trip home.
Hi: RB Donath... It's a coin toss!!! Which is easier applying 303 or ordering a new trailer every time it's needed!!! Alf
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I use BTS (Bow to Stern). Use on gelcoat, awning, tire cover, etc. So far so good after 4 years.
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