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Old 04-19-2017, 01:14 PM   #1
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Washing the trailer

I have to wash our trailer so I figured I'd check the forum to see what other people use. Lots of mentions about washing a trailer, but not what to use. I'm figuring you don't use just a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, nor would I want to use a pressure washer.

Is there a best wand or device to use? And a particular type of detergent?

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Old 04-19-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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I pamper Ten Forward Turtle Wax brand Zip Wax Car Wash. A 6' step ladder, a couple of wash mitts, a soft toothbrush for the window frames and a extendable motor home wash brush. And at the end a very large beer.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:23 PM   #3
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Any good automotive finish car wash and if needed fiberglass polish. Step ladder is needed and use a brush on a pole to reach the roof middle.
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I have to wash our trailer so I figured I'd check the forum to see what other people use. Lots of mentions about washing a trailer, but not what to use. I'm figuring you don't use just a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, nor would I want to use a pressure washer.

Is there a best wand or device to use? And a particular type of detergent?

Thanks, Gary
I use car wash soap which is designed not to damage the finish nor remove wax . I have a car wash brush with an extendable handle and soft bristles to reach all the areas of the roof and sides without having to continually climb up and down a ladder.
After washing rinsing and drying the trailer , I apply 2 coats of wax designed for fiberglass gelcoat.
My trailer sits outside 365 days a year and is only covered in the winter , so I wax my trailer in the Spring , Summer and Fall before covering.
I am typing this while I wait for the Spring coat of wax I just applied to dry so I can buff it out . The previous owner of our past 1999 Scamp thought that waxing the gel coat was a waste of time and his lack of maintenance really showed.
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Coin car wash. Then the wife and do the fast and easy spray and wax with micro fiber towels and turtle wax ice premium car care spray wax. Spray n wipe immediate. If not , the sun will dry it on as spots. Good protector so bug guts come off easier too. Donna , you use wax? If so what kind? Thanks in advance.

Anyone know of a wax with a UV protector built in? Reace says protect gelcoat from uv. I know about the 303 Bruce wray uses , so can you use 303 on top or below wax? Or not even compatible at all?
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I have to wash our trailer so I figured I'd check the forum to see what other people use. Lots of mentions about washing a trailer, but not what to use. I'm figuring you don't use just a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, nor would I want to use a pressure washer.

Is there a best wand or device to use? And a particular type of detergent?

Thanks, Gary
Hi: garysd... The only thing I find Wall-o-mart good for is Blue Coral Wax Wash 1/2 gal. jug $3.88 and cheap extendable shaggy wash mops $7.49. Did I mention I was cheap? I never come home from Florida with out some. 2 sometimes 3 Vehicles and the trailer. Alf
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I use a quality car wash, happens to be Mequiar's at the moment. A mit for anything I can reach and a soft multi sided brush on a telescoping handle, a Carrand 93072 to be exact.



With the height of the 5.0TA I need a ladder to get to the roof, I can use a 6' but an 8' would be nicer. One of these days the 6' is going to kick out on me.

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Donna , you use wax? If so what kind? Thanks in advance.

Anyone know of a wax with a UV protector built in? Reace says protect gelcoat from uv.
Meguiar's Flagship Premium Cleaner/Wax
http://www.meguiars.com/en/marine/pr...um-cleanerwax/
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And I'm going to start carrying this in the trailer to clean the nose
Mequiar's Cleaner Wax
http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...er-wax-liquid/
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I try to use Glenn's son in law to wash and wax mine......
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I use a quality car wash, happens to be Mequiar's at the moment. A mit for anything I can reach and a soft multi sided brush on a telescoping handle, a Carrand 93072 to be exact.



With the height of the 5.0TA I need a ladder to get to the roof, I can use a 6' but an 8' would be nicer. One of these days the 6' is going to kick out on me.

A shammy to finish.

thanks Bob for the info about the Carrand 93072

looks great. I'll splurge the $30 on one, to make life easier.



do you have a favorite wash mitt?
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........... I know about the 303 Bruce wray uses , so can you use 303 on top or below wax? Or not even compatible at all?
Aero 303 is Not compatible with wax.
We live in coastal Calif. near an airport. As used by local pilots and boaters, we use West Marine Boat Soap. Then we apply Aero 303 to all surfaces for UV protection. Before each trip, we apply some on all leading edges of the trailer: front, maxxfan cover, A/C cover, awning arms, and the wheel wells. This helps in getting the bugs and stuff off easily.
We especially hit the plastic vent covers and other misc. plastic, that, otherwise, deteriorates rapidly in the presence of UV radiation.
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We use 303 also and there has never been wax on our Escape because of that. We also put it across the top of the awning.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:02 PM   #13
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Thanks everybody!! Just what I needed. Now I need a dry day when I'm not working and before the Spring NOG!

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Thanks everybody!! Just what I needed. Now I need a dry day when I'm not working and before the Spring NOG!
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Good luck with that. Ten Forward hasn't been washed since October and is a mess. I expect to be out in the rain washing. Should save some water on rising.
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Any good automotive finish car wash and if needed fiberglass polish. Step ladder is needed and use a brush on a pole to reach the roof middle.
Is it possible to climb on the roof of our trailer and will it support the weight?
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Is it possible to climb on the roof of our trailer and will it support the weight?
No, you should not climb on it. It is fine to lean on it to support you, but not to walk on. The shell is 3/16" fibreglass.

That said, there are a couple spots that would be fine with a bit of weight, the ones supported to the ceiling inside, but none of this is on the middle portion of the roof.

Lightweight (relatively) comes at a cost.
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Old 04-19-2017, 04:43 PM   #17
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Even if you could get on the roof it would be a bad idea. These things are slippery and once you'd start sliding, your fingernails would never be long enough to stop the fall. Gives me the willies thinking about being up on top of Ten Forward and falling off.
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How would a tech go about servicing or troubleshooting the A/C on the roof then? Anybody know what Escape recommends? Thanks
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thanks Bob for the info about the Carrand 93072

looks great. I'll splurge the $30 on one, to make life easier.
Trust me, it's well worth the money. I had the cheaper knock-offs and got one of these; at least twice as good.
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How would a tech go about servicing or troubleshooting the A/C on the roof then? Anybody know what Escape recommends? Thanks
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