VIDEO: Motorhome cleaning guide

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  1. Barry Galbraith says:

    Learnt a lot….thanks

  2. Judith Duckworth says:

    Thanks for all the good advice on this forum.

  3. Judith Duckworth says:

    We need to apply anti rust and rust remover to the under neath the van.
    What is best to use.
    Would appreciate any advice.

  4. Donald Campbell says:

    For Robin del Mar. Chandlers sell a product called Y10 designed to whiten yellowing fibreglass and remove staining. It works

  5. Don Sadkowski says:

    I’ve watched this before but missed “Silky cream cleaner”. What is it and who makes it, ie manufacturers name. It looks good.

  6. Alan Courts says:

    How do you clean the sealant?

  7. Judy Read says:

    Hi, we manage to keep our chausson flash S2 clean apart from the SILVER TRANSFERS which have marks which seem to be permanent. Please can you help?

  8. Robin Del Mar says:

    It’s all very well cleaning a nice new Autotrail Tracker but my 12 year old Autocruise Stardream is a different proposition. Getting up on the roof is a necessity. A ladder against the back with a rubber mat to protect the bodywork, and careful not to put too much weight over the Luton. It looks ok from a distance but up close the white sides are going quite grey. How do you restore the White?

  9. Frank Browett says:

    Would you recommend spraying the van with Wet and Forget to prevent the green stuff? We used it on a static van and it helped.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Frank, it’s not something we’ve used and would check it’s suitable for use on the motorhome body. There are some over-winterising protectors which believe could do a similar job, such as the Fenwicks Overwintering Exterior Protector. This repels water, dirt and algae and is suitable for use on plastics, aluminium, glass, acrylic windows, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants, and paint.

  10. Mike Cummings says:

    Larry the easiest and safest and cheapest way to keep your van clean is to spray an aquawax after cleaning. I’m a professional valeter and would not apply any fungicide on a motorhome roof

  11. Mike Cummings says:

    Gill if your van has an additional coating you should not use anything stronger than a car wax/wash shampoo Megiuars Gold is a good one to use.

  12. John flintoft says:

    I wash mine down every time we return from our trip!!

  13. Gill Stokes says:

    Really good and heplful video. But does the same procedure apply when your motorhome has a special and expensive coating applied to the bodywork? It is said that you have to avoid all chemical cleaners even auto glyms – which are an excellent range of products known for no harsh chemicals. My motorhome has such a finish applied from when the vehicle was new. What do I need to do regarding the algea on the roof and black runs.
    Many thanks. Gill

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Gill, check your manufacturer’s handbook about the bodywork or with your dealer. For the algae and black runs there are a range of black streak removers. We used Silky cream cleaner for the algae and Mellerud black streak remover. Apply these and rinse before the shampoo. Hope this helps?

  14. John Lindon says:

    Very good video but I think you should have shown how you guy reached and cleaned the Louton with all the black streaks on it.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks John. We rinsed it down and then using the black streak remover we rubbed it over the affected area from the step ladder and then rinsed off before shampooing.

  15. Larry E Hansen says:

    Your timing. 4 hours is with two people so with one that would be about 8 hours. That’s more like my experience. Clarify please.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Larry, we had different people doing different jobs at various times throughout the clean. I imagine it could take up to eight hours for one person.

  16. Larry E Hansen says:

    A little more detail on waxing and polishing the roof would be appreciated. How do you get up there – stepping onto roof from a ladder – watch stepping on lutons!! – just the best physical tips for accomplishing it. There is a product called Wet and Forget to remove mildew and protect. Should that go on first? Does it then need wax and polish. i.e. how to to get the most lasting polished protection on the roof. I’ve always heard it said that if you keep your roof clean, much of the rest is easy. Your thoughts on roof care please.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Larry, we’ll look into this and see if we can put together some advice for a future blog post and e-magazine. But would avoid stepping onto the roof if possible. Would use the same method as the sides, rinse, remove mildew etc, rinse again, shampoo, rinse, then wax and polish. Hope this helps?

  17. JNS says:

    I wonder how long it took to do the entire cleaning and polishing because it takes me hours just to wash and rinse mine!

  18. George Sinkins says:

    Very detailed instruction on all aspects of cleaning which I will be adhering to.

  19. Roger Sampson says:

    Very good guide to keeping your motorhome in pristine condition and holding its value

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