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Old 07-26-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Diesel soot

Hello everyone! This question goes out to the diesel owners out there. Last weekend we pulled our 5er home in the rain, and when we got home and unpacked I looked at the side of the camper and it was covered in soot all the way to the back. Most of it I got off with Simple Green but some residue remains. Is there a safe chemical out there for gel coats and plastic that I can use? I've tried WD 40 and elbow grease and that's about it. Can I use petroleum products without damaging results? I hope straight gas out of the can isn't my only option. How about kerosene? Any input would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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I do not have a diesel, but I have had really good luck using a product called “Spray Power”, by Crown. I buy it at Menards for $6.50/gal. I find it works best full strength. I transfer some to a spray bottle and spray it right on the TT or the TV where it needs a little extra strength to clean them, such as bugs, road grim, black streaks, etc. Then I wash as usual. It has removed everything that I have ever needed or wanted to wash off.

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I've always used Simple Green, but of late neglected washing the stuff off and have a permanently discolored bumper and bed panel. The definitive fix for me would have been to buy a 4" elbow to turn the exhaust downward.
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I use a cleaner wax called superglaze from carbrite. It is a petroleum based product and cleans good and waxes at the same time. It is easybto apply and take off.
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There is a concentrate similar to Simple Green. It is purple and will remove the oily soot. It is like Simple Green on steroids. It will remove the wax on what ever you use it on. I can't remember the name but it is found in most cleaning aisles.
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone!
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Not intending to hijack the thread but here goes:
As importantly to getting the soot off of the RV is finding the reason why your D/A is creating the soot. To my thinking excessive soot is created as a result of incomplete combustion. Is your DIC or CEL indicating any problem? Is your air filter overly dirty? My inquiring, diesel owning mind wants to know.

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I was kinda wondering the same thing taviking. While I'm not pulling a super heavy load for my truck, I've never had residue on the trailer.

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I was kinda wondering the same thing taviking. While I'm not pulling a super heavy load for my truck, I've never had residue on the trailer.

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Not necessarily a problem. Driving for extended period at highway speed will result in soot accumulation on bumpers/bed panel above the exhaust. Exhaust looks "clean" but is not.
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I was kinda wondering the same thing taviking. While I'm not pulling a super heavy load for my truck, I've never had residue on the trailer.

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Same for me. I'm on my 2nd 5W towing with my '06 D/A and have never noticed any soot buildup anywhere.

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Not necessarily a problem. Driving for extended period at highway speed will result in soot accumulation on bumpers/bed panel above the exhaust. Exhaust looks "clean" but is not.
If this were the case, then all of us who tow with a diesel at extended highway speeds would have soot accumulations on our RVs.
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