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Old 04-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Washing Exterior?

Hey everyone getting ready to take our first trip but want to make sure that our TT needs a little bit of washing up first to get her all nice for the trip. I have read several different things about what I can not use and every where is different from what soap to whether or not i can use a sponge. Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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I use one of two things to wash the TT; I use a McGuire’s carwash soap, or Dawn dish soap. I have now upgraded to a carwash brush that is connected to the hose and has a soap reservoir in it, so now I do not need a bucket.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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You can use any car wash or rv wash product. Soft brush, sponge are both good.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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I use Dawn liquid detergent. If it's good enough for oil soaked ducks it's good enough for me!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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Dawn or any other dish soap will remove your wax. A wash or wash/wax product is the best thing to use.
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Dawn or any other dish soap will remove your wax. A wash or wash/wax product is the best thing to use.
Not only will it remove wax it will soften any paint.. all dish detergent will... do not use it on your RV.. (or car)
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So then why does Jayco recommend dish soap to clean the roof? You cannot keep it off the sides if you are properly washing the roof.

The soap is not used in concentrate form, nor left on for any amount of time.
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So then why does Jayco recommend dish soap to clean the roof? You cannot keep it off the sides if you are properly washing the roof.

The soap is not used in concentrate form, nor left on for any amount of time.
Where do you find Jayco's recomendation to use "Dish Soap" to clean the roof? I have read on this an other forums too, but I haven't seen it in the Jayco Owners Manual. What I read is...

"Frequent washing and waxing is the best way
to protect your RV from this damage.
Frequent washings also protect your RV from
environmental elements, such as rain, snow
and salt air."

"Do not wash the RV when it is in direct
sunlight. Park the RV in the shade and spray
it with water to remove dust. Next, using an
ample amount of clean water and a carwashing
mitt or sponge, wash the RV from top
to bottom."

"Use a mild car-washing soap if necessary.
Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a chamois
or soft cloth."

I don't know if Dawn (or any other dish soap) will soften paint, but I do know that it will strip any wax you have applied. I use Meguires Deep Crystal carwash soap. It is very inexpensive and doesn' have Petrolium Distilates that I understand can damage the rubber roofs...thats also why I don't use any Wash/Wax combos.

I have heard that "Spic and Span" is a good product for cleaning. My FIL uses it exclusively, I have never tried it and I don't see Jayso calling it out by name so I simply use carwash soap with good results.
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Dish soap will remove wax and is harsh for washing cars and RV's IMHO.

There also is a difference in materials by which ours units are made. I have fiberglass sides where I use a soft bristle car brush with either marine, car or RV soap.

The aluminum sides however are treated differently by some and house siding cleaner is used when the job requires it. Whether or not that is good I cannot say, I am simply stating what I have heard of being used. If you stay on top of it the RV, Car or Marine soap will work fine.

The roof is cleaned by Spic and Span in my case as this is what the manufacturer of mine suggests.
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Dish soap will remove wax and is harsh for washing cars and RV's IMHO.

There also is a difference in materials by which ours units are made. I have fiberglass sides where I use a soft bristle car brush with either marine, car or RV soap.

The aluminum sides however are treated differently by some and house siding cleaner is used when the job requires it. Whether or not that is good I cannot say, I am simply stating what I have heard of being used. If you stay on top of it the RV, Car or Marine soap will work fine.

The roof is cleaned by Spic and Span in my case as this is what the manufacturer of mine suggests.
Well your humble opinion is just that - an opinion, and it's wrong - according to the Jayco owner's manual. They recommend a mild dish soap (because you know, it's mild) and recommend AGAINST washANDwax products. I'm just going to leave this here:
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