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Old 10-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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Cleaning and Waxing Trailer

I know this a little late to get opinions. Supposed to get a warm day tomorrow. I am planning on cleaning the roof with spic and span and doing 303 on the roof on my 2012 26 Jay Flight Swift.

What about the cleaning the sides and do you wax?

I have done plenty of big boats, no TT's. I don't plan on using a buffer do to the grooved side panels.

This is the first clean and I have to do it off site from my storage. I will have water access, wash brushs, ladders, ect.

Any tips.


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Old 10-23-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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Wash the sides after you do the roof. Then wax it. I prefer Adams brand of products, but any high quality car wash and wax will work.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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I wash and wax our trailer at least 2 times a year, more if needed. I use Meguiars cleaner wax in a red can.Does a really good job. Just don't wax it in the sun. It normally takes me a couple of days to wax it. When I do it all I can think of is "wax on, wax off" [karate kid]
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Will try tomorrow, rain supposedly stops tonight. Will hook up in the AM and give it a shot.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:05 AM   #5
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Wow that is a lot of surface area to wax ! Wouldn't it be easier to take it to a truck stop wash and wax ? I am just asking as I never attempted one of those places to save some time and pain. I hand washed my trailer twice last year but never waxed it. During the whole process I am thinking to myself there has got to be an easier way to do this, I.E. car/truck automatic wash.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:22 PM   #6
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I washed and waxed mine over a 2 day period. Mine is stored at a campground, so I went down for a few days and did 1/2 one day and 1/2 the next. I used Protect All that I picked up at CW with a $10 off anything coupon. I bought and used the entire $10 bottle. I received many comments about how good it looked from other campers.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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I washed the sides and the roof. Scrubbed roof with S&Span. Looked like new. Coated with 303 Protectant. Alsmost slide of the roof. Waxed the sides with Mequairs spray wax. Looks better than when I picked it up new from the dealer in April.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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Be carefull what detergents you on EPDM roofing! Do your homework, no petroleum or citrus based products. I use simple green and no other "protectorants" are advised. The EPDM does oxidize/chalk somewhat. I have found the NuFinish liquid to be easy on easy off and takes out the black streaks with minimal elbow grease applied
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #9
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When I wash our Jayflight I put a few drops of Sunlight dish detergent in a gallon water pail and fill... gets nice and bubbly and does a terrific job of washing--- actually looks waxed afterwards. Got that idea from a professional window washer years ago, who used Sunlight for window washing with a squeegie, and I have washed all our vehicles that way since (and exterior home windows). Lifetime supply is less than $5. Black streaks come off with no fuss. I just use a big sponge and the garden hose and hand wash it all. Takes but a couple hours.

Next year I definately will try waxing it afterwards though. So far I have only rinsed the roof with straight water; should get up there and scrub it too I suppose.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #10
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I wash with Meguiars Deep Crystal on the sides and roof several times a year. Meguiars is very reasonably priced and available everywhere. I started using it because it was one of the few car wash products I found that the MSDS sheet indicated no Petrolium Distilates.

I then wax once maybe twice a year with Meguiars NXT2.0. It is easy on easy off and lasts quite a while. Since its liquid synthetic wax it is easy to get out of the grooves on the aluminum siding.

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