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cummins2014

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rhagfo wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Well I am old fashion, hand polished and waxed our 32’ 5er, took about a week to get it all done. Turtle wax polish and Meguairs cleaner wax. Wax on wax off, strong arms.

Veebyes wrote:

Everyone wants easy. Years of saltwater kept boats & now RV have taught me that easy & durable should not be used in the same sentence.

Lots of products remove grime & light chalking to produce a wonderful satisfying shine. Many of them are combination cleaner waxes. Typically they look good for a month or so & then the sun gets to the surface again & it needs redoing.

For durability you can't beat a product that is formulated to be a one purpose durable protectant. This is not easy. It is a three step process of wash, cleaner wax to get stains & chalking off, then protectant wax/sealer for a long lasting shine.

My preference is to do this process once a year except for the front cap, which takes a beating from acidic bugs hitting it at highway speeds. It gets a twice a year treatment.


I am in agreement with you, just passed 70 and my body still works well, and keeping it working helps. I also like the results water still beads like the day I waxed it.
You don’t stay young sitting on your butt.


As said I am 73 , in the process of modifying an ATV trailer ,stripped the paint, cut the sides down to make the trailer a bit narrower ,welded it back together. Removed the axle to rebuild ,took the deck off to replace with a new one . I am far from sitting on my butt.

My body works very well, I think some older guys here have mistaken the fact that some chose what is worth spending hours on ,and what is not. Nothing to do with laziness or inability , just the fact I see a shiny truck sitting in the garage , and the same with the fifth wheel sitting beside the house , as I walk by to work on my ATV trailer with a grinder in hand, instead of a buffer [emoticon]

* This post was edited 03/09/21 09:41am by cummins2014 *

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DARN...

I get tired just reading the stuff all of you " OLD COOTS " are doing ! If you ever get caught up, stop by Eastern PA and you can do my RV.. At 57, I'm learning to try to make jobs easier... not harder [emoticon]


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ford truck guy wrote:

DARN...

I get tired just reading the stuff all of you " OLD COOTS " are doing ! If you ever get caught up, stop by Eastern PA and you can do my RV.. At 57, I'm learning to try to make jobs easier... not harder [emoticon]


Easier...me too, got lots of things to take care of!

Careful what you say, one of those good ol boys may show up, take a week or more to wax your FW, while eating all your food, drinking all your beer!! A pro detailer, only $200 or so would be cheaper![emoticon]

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ford truck guy wrote:

DARN...

I get tired just reading the stuff all of you " OLD COOTS " are doing ! If you ever get caught up, stop by Eastern PA and you can do my RV.. At 57, I'm learning to try to make jobs easier... not harder [emoticon]


Sort of the point being made ,but I think its a badge of courage to wax a fifth wheel it seems . [emoticon]

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MFL wrote:

ford truck guy wrote:

DARN...

I get tired just reading the stuff all of you " OLD COOTS " are doing ! If you ever get caught up, stop by Eastern PA and you can do my RV.. At 57, I'm learning to try to make jobs easier... not harder [emoticon]


Easier...me too, got lots of things to take care of!

Careful what you say, one of those good ol boys may show up, take a week or more to wax your FW, while eating all your food, drinking all your beer!! A pro detailer, only $200 or so would be cheaper![emoticon]

Jerry


I have things to do also, don't want to spend a week waxing a fifth wheel, as said rather be fishing, but got to get that trailer finished .

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My old '1997 5th wheel RV trailer has over 220k miles on it. The front cap has been etched by hardshell bugs and other debree (sand...tiny gravels/etc) kicked up by semi trucks. It gets a coat of wax a couple of times a summer. Simply sprayed bugs off. I usually do the front cap from the trucks bed when hooked up.
I'm going on 80 pretty quick and after several truck campers and three 5th wheel rv trailers I've found Meguiars cleaner wax stays on longer than all the other polishes/waxes I've used.
Gives me more time to use Meguiars on the 50 hp blue tractor....'hopper zero turn.....boatz and the motors....trucks

When vehicles are new just about any brand polish or wax works. pretty good.


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I wanted to follow up here. I'm the OP. We finally got our camper done with the Wash WaxAll and we are super pleased. SOOOOOO much easier than what we were doing before. No more climbing up and down ladders a million times. We'll see how it holds up, but application and initial results are great! Thanks all for the advice.

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BillyandKris wrote:

I wanted to follow up here. I'm the OP. We finally got our camper done with the Wash WaxAll and we are super pleased. SOOOOOO much easier than what we were doing before. No more climbing up and down ladders a million times. We'll see how it holds up, but application and initial results are great! Thanks all for the advice.


Yup, works well, no spending a week for me waxing a fifth wheel, got a lot of others things I would rather do.[emoticon]

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Thanks OP for letting us know how it went.


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I was sick of paying a detailer $400 bucks to do mine. I just purchase a deionizer system from RV-Mods and a nice foam gun and wash/wax products from Chemical Guys. I pre rinse with my pressure with regular water, hook up my foam gun to my pressure washer and go at it. Then use a wash mop on a pole. Once I get a side done I hook up the deionizer system to the pressure washer and rinse off the soap. Very little drying needed and minimum spots.
Best washing system I've ever used.


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