The easy way to wash your RV is to hire someone to do it for you. I've heard anywhere from $150-400 for a wash. It's recommended for someone who can't easily climb ladders, doesn't feel comfortable exerting several hours of effort and elbow grease, or are just the type of person who prefers to go to a drive through car wash! I have to admit, I'm guilty of running down to the car wash a lot more often lately as life is just busy sometimes!
It's a little hard to tell from this photo, but, it shines real nice once washed! Unfortunately, the skies clouded up right after I finished!
However, if you are a DIY'er like myself, then here's a quick guide on what products I use and how I wash our Travel Trailer!
UP ON THE ROOF!
Just like washing your car, start from the top down! Why wash the bottom just to have the dirty water from the roof run down and ruin your hard work?
On the roof, the first thing is to check the seals and sealant for ANY points of water intrusion. I added a bit of extra Dicor Lap Sealant in a few spots that looked suspect to me where the factory might have been a little more light handed than I would have been.
After giving it time to dry, I used a light solution of Dawn dish soap and some water along with a long handled soft bristled brush. The nice thing about the brush I used (and I'll include the link to Amazon below) is that you can attach a garden hose to it and spray water from the bristles making the mixture extra soapy. This makes washing, scrubbing, and rinsing even easier!
ON TO THE SIDE WALLS!
Using the same extendable soft brush, I get a Home Depot Homer Bucket (those big orange 5 gallon buckets) all sudsy from Turtle Wax's "Quick and Easy Zip Wash" and water. Using the hose attached to the brush, I wash down the trailer top to bottom, turn the water off at the brush's handle, and then dip into the soapy water.
BE CAREFUL OF ANY SEAMS, JOINTS, STORAGE BAY DOORS, LIGHTS, OR ELECTRIC OUTLETS. Try not to spray water directly at or into these items, even though this is typically where dirt accumulates thanks to the tackiness of the sealant or caulk used around such items. If yours are really bad, use a hand held soft bristled brush and give them a good scrubbing but be careful not to damage the seal itself.
After scrubbing down the side wall with soapy water, I turn on the water and rinse off the remaining suds. This also cleans the brush's bristles off for the next wall as the water shoots through them. I work one side wall at a time (street side, back, curb side, front). It's slightly more difficult due to my ribbed siding as opposed to flat fiberglass walls of some other trailers... but I like the look of the ribbed siding better so I'll deal!