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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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Old 09-14-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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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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Old 09-14-2018, 06:21 PM   #4
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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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Old 09-15-2018, 11:13 AM   #9
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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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