A Hard Job

 Posted by at 7:51 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122010

A while back a company called Aero Cosmetics contacted me about trying their cleaning supplies, and after a delay in shipping, a box of their goodies finally caught up with us. The company has been selling their waterless wash/wax/polish to airplane owners, and is expanding into the  market. We decided to give it a try, to see how it worked.

Our Winnebago had a couple thousand miles of road grime on it and really needed a bath. So we spent most of yesterday cleaning the outside of our motorhome. You have no idea how big a Winnebago Ultimate Advantage is until you have to wash one from top to bottom! What a job!

I have tried most of the RV cleaning products on the market, including Protect-All and Dri Wash N Guard, at one time or another, and my impression of the Aero cleaning products is that they are probably as good as anything else on the market, but certainly no better. We tried both the Degreaser and the regular version of their Wash Wax All, following the instructions on the bottles, and found that while they worked fine on the less grimy parts of our RV, the front end, where we had an accumulation of highway bugs, required a lot of very hard scrubbing with a microfiber cloth to get clean.

Would I buy the Aero products to clean my RV? Yes, if they were available and the price was right. But, since I know several vendors who sell Dri Wash N Guard, 303, and other cleaning products, I’d probably give them my business first. It’s not a bad product by any means, but I don’t think it’s going to set the RV world on fire, either.

Okay, here’s my take on cleaning the motorhome. Keep in mind that I am terminally lazy, and, to quote a line from a Jimmy Buffet song, “any manual labor I’ve done was purely by mistake.” Terry and I worked on the coach for about six hours each, which included cleaning the fiberglass roof, polishing the wheels, and everything in between.

In that time, I could have written a couple of magazine articles and made $400 or more, paid somebody to wash the RV for me, and we both would not be sore, stiff, and achy this morning. My Daddy taught me a long time ago that it’s better to do what I do best, and to farm out the other stuff to people who can do a better job of it. The older I get, the wiser I realize my old man was.

Thought For The Day – Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.

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  9 Responses to “A Hard Job”

  1. I used to spend a week washing and waxing ours, but after Michele at Phoenix Paint ( http://phoenixpaintinc.com ) did her magic to our rig all it takes is a rinse with a big soft brush and a hose down. About an hour, hour and a half, I’m done and no trip to the Chiropractor after.

  2. Eons ago our ancestors believed that “too much bathing’ll weaken you.” I still believe that, and consider RV dirt to be a recorded history of my travels.

  3. We started out using Dri Wash N Guard which did a great job but now we use Blue Beacon Truck Wash. $30 per wash is cheaper than the medical bills that come from pulling a muscle or falling off the ladder. 🙂

  4. Last month, a guy was washing the roof on his rv in our park. He fell off and died. I think we should leave the washing of these big rigs to the younger kids. My neighbor fell off his ladder climbing up carring a bucket. Broke his neck. Had to have surgery and fusion job. He is still in a neck brace. He is 80 years old. Sometimes we just have to realize our age and we just can’t do what we used to do.

    Nick-stay on the ground!!!

  5. Nick, you and my husband must be long lost brothers. My husband has always said that it is best to do the job that you do best, (and that job does not require physical labor) and pay someone else to do the other stuff, if it really has to be done. Besides, when you hire someone else to do the job for you, you are helping the economy by giving work to someone that wants to do it.

  6. Exercise, Nick, it’s exercise. I know that’s a dirty word but sometimes we all need to do a little of it. And sitting inside the RV at a computer all day is not good for you. Good to get outside in the sunshine (Vitamin D) once in a while!!!!! Cleaning the RV is therapeutic you know. Having said that, I now have some one else wash my coach once a year, then I 303 it. Takes me about 3 days to do the 303 as my shoulders (bursas) get inflamed and I can only get a few hours in at a time. Then on the trip I rinse as necessary. Getting older is not golden, it’s rust!!

  7. Hey Nick, For the bugs plastered on the front of your coach have you tried using a little water and a fabric softener sheet? (Bounce works great). The bugs come right off with very litte effort. I’ve been using that on my coach and on my car. You can pick up a lot of bugs in farm country in the summertime in the upper midwest so I always use Bounce sheets to remove the bugs.

  8. Nick,
    Just wait till you get to Yuma, for $100.00 you can get the whole coach washed and hand waxed (with liquid wax) and get a free car wash thrown in. And you can sit outside and cheer them on while the two man crew works 🙂

  9. I read all your good comments and advice and think – Wash the rig in the winter? Brr… It is cold. This is a summer job. Maybe in AZ it’s much warmer, but here in TX (and all the way here) it is still not warm enough to play with water.
    As of which product – I am still ‘green’ and listening 🙂

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