How do you clean your RV? The answer for us, up to now, is we didn’t. But after owning our 2019 Micro Lite for two and a half years, we decided it was time to give it a shine.
First, we used my famous Dollar Tree mop with the microfiber cleaning pads. Did you expect anything else?
I started with the flat microfiber pad, got it wet, and wiped down all the sides of our travel trailer. When the pads got dirty, I rinsed them out in the kitchen sink in our house. This worked just fine.
Once dry, which didn’t take long, we used the thick microfiber pad to apply a wax. Next time, I plan to use the flat microfiber pad to apply the wax. It seemed like a lot of the wax ended up in the thick pad. I didn’t want to waste all that wax, so I just went around and wiped some of the smaller areas by hand. Grandma always said, “Waste not, want not.”
Once the wax had dried, Dan went around with the mop and a clean, dry thick pad to shine the wax. I also used a microfiber cloth (also from Dollar Tree, where else?) to polish. This made fast work of the final step. Not counting the final “admiring step” at the end. That can take a while! Well, at least for us.
The wax we used was 3M Perfect-It Boat Wax. Someone on a Facebook group had recommended it. We used about three-fourths of the bottle. We were a bit conservative with the application as we didn’t want to run out of the wax before we were done with the job. A half done job could cause mass confusion with everyone’s sunglasses! But I do wonder if we should have put it on thicker. Is more better for some reason? Shinier? Longer lasting?
The 3M Perfect-It Boat Wax cost $27.17 at Walmart, but we also paid a $5.99 delivery fee. This was still a bit less than the price on Amazon – even with free delivery. I already had the Dollar Tree mop, microfiber pads, and microfiber cloth. The Dollar Tree microfiber pads can be washed and used again and again. Just depends how much work you want to do.
Since it’s hot and humid right now, we did half the job one evening and finished it up the following morning before breakfast. I didn’t keep track, but I’d guess we spent just under four hours doing this job.
I did take “before” pictures, but the difference comparing with the “after” photos is hard to detect when looking at the pictures on a computer. We can tell very much in person though, and the decals have really brightened up.
Here’s a few more pictures. Warning, you might have to wear sunglasses!
So, I guess the question now is how often we should shine up our baby. I’m thinking twice a year. But is once a year good enough? It seems like it would be a good idea to wax it again before we put the Micro Lite away for the winter.
But, who wants to think about that now? Certainly, not me! Nope. I just want to think about hitting the road and making memories. You know, those special kind of memories which have an everlasting shine in our hearts and in our minds. No wax needed.