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Post by lucasg on Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:51 pm

Has anybody used one of the hand wash car washers to clean their van ? I appreciate they would not be able to do the roof as the local ones do not have a gantry. My concern is that although they say they are hand washers they use a pressure washer..that’s ok for cars but the seals on the Bourton  could take a hammering if they were not careful.
Any views.
There does seem to be a business opportunity for people to wash Motorhomes?
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Post by inspiredron on Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:37 pm

Wouldn't touch them witha barge pole!  The way they use pressure washers can take the paint off cars!  I hate to think how much water ingress you woudl get through fridge and other vents let alone the potential damage to seals.

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Post by harrysp on Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:28 am

Yesterday we had our car washed at one, and whilst waiting we commented that we wouldn’t let them anywhere near the van.

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Post by rgermain on Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:46 am

Put me off Peugeot Main agent, as they do a wash as part of the service, WHY?? my van is clean. Ok for builders vans etc, but Motorhomes no way. You can top up my washer bottle with two drips and charge £1.50. hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by groundhog on Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:24 am

Along with everyone else wouldn't recommend a pressure washer. If washing with a bucket and hose use a soft wash brush, the sort the water pumps through and decent shampoo. Never wash the van with washing up liquid. OK to use a sponge on the tricky bits.
If you have the time and don't want to spend hours waxing the van Meguiars do a very good spray wax which is quick and easy to use.
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Post by Caraman on Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:22 am

I agree with all the advice given.  Don't use a pressure washer on a caravan or motorhome.
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Post by Karoq on Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:47 am

Don't forget that motorhome decals etc that are glued on the van do not like continued use of pressure washers. Karoq.
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Post by gassygassy on Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:43 pm

Also a pressure washer will force water in between a tyre and the wheel, whether aluminium or steel. This is one of the reasons why alloy wheels corrode. The other of course is clipping the kerb. Any water forced into a bodywork seal will never get out until someone removes the inner wall, rebuilds the rotten woodwork and refits a new inner wall. I have done that to several caravans and I hope not to my motorhome.
To wash it I use a bucket with proprietary car shampoo and water, and use one of those long handled soft bristle brushes. Do one side, then get the garden hose with one of those trigger nozzles on 'shower' which produces a fine spray, and wash the suds off. Then I use an expensive wax which is super-easy to apply and remove. Any subsequent rain for the next 6 months is like water off a duck's back.
If your camper is ten years old, get a Machine Polisher from somewhere like Machine Mart and a special vehicle polish containing a slight abrasive. Machine Polish it all over and when you have finished it will look like new. Run your hands over the bodywork and it feels like ice. As in, smooth as ice, not cold. It is amazing the transformation when you remove ten years of atmospheric crud, even if you have washed it every month.

edit: If your camper needs a wash, don't bother. Trade it in for a new one. allthumbz 
Trouble is, and it doesn't matter what the make is, before the new one gets dirty you will spend ages trying to get the faults fixed. And I don't mean only if it is an A/S.
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