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Wash & Brush Up - Milton Keynes Area

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Posted: 6 years ago
I need someone to give my unit a thorough external wash and polish when the new season gets under way. Will an ordinary car valeter do the job (assuming he/she is kitted up to reach the roof) or do caravan construction materials require special treatment?
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Posted: 6 years ago
Probably doesn't need special materials, but I found when I got to my roof, because the material was so thin it started to bend and flex. But I was using a rotary buffer to remove years of neglected paintwork after I bought the caravan. I did not do the roof because of this.
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Posted: 6 years ago
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When we had taken the caravan to the local valet station, they had no ladders for roof + I felt some of the cleaning materials were a bit harsh for the framework - best bet is to do yourself with the correct cleaning materials purchased from the Caravan show it is fab, we will be getting more this year when the show comes to Glasgow
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Posted: 6 years ago
I use Greese Lightening from the Ideal World shopping channel, and find it very good
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Posted: 6 years ago
the best thing i do is book a local caravan site for overnight get some step ladders and do it yourself, good caravan cleaner, some bobby dazzler cannot go wrong and a soft long brush for the roof, tried caravan valeters but they use the same as me hard work
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Posted: 6 years ago
by the way valeters are very expensive, and very over priced, if i was fit enough and had enough business i would do all the caravans my self
try car-a-van cleaning products in kingswinford dudley great company, always willing to give advise and help by all my products from them and very resonable
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Posted: 6 years ago
Thanks all - a DIY job is a bit beyond me from a physical point of view, hence the need to find a professional. My main concern is whether a car valeter would need to use special products to suit a caravan's construction materials, or will the Autoglym (or whatever) car cleaners and polishes be OK? I'm fairly new to caravanning, but have picked up on references to plastics and gel coats and things like that on forums such as this one, so am wary of something being used that ruins the finish, rather than improving it. Alternative;y, if someone knows of a good caravan valeter in the MK area, perhaps you would let me have contact details, please?
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi TractorBob,...Take a look at MCEA.com, On there you will find engineers in your area, Call one up and ask if he would be interested in the total clean down.......YOU may be surprised at his response
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Posted: 6 years ago
Thanks, C-A - I'll do that. I use an MCEA-listed engineer for annual servicing, so I'll give him a call.
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Posted: 6 years ago
My winter storage Guy use to wash your van when he moved it out of his fully enclosed barns. Your van was parked in his yard ready washed to go top to bottom. but you had to give him 24 hrs notice you when taking the van out. He had two 8 step stepladders on wheels with brakes connected together across the top of the van and moved this rig up and down the van to wash your roof then then just push the rig clear to do the body He always blocked your fridge vents off before starting, his unit was one of those with a diesel motor which drove the pump and heated the water left over from his haulage buisness. He used ordinary car type wax shampoo which left your van gleaming PS you always had to ensure your motor was gleaming before picking you van up otherwise the van showed the car up not vice a versa. how many times have you seen nice clean car towing a mancky algea coated van.
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Posted: 6 years ago
I could tell you quite a few horror stories from my customers who have mistakenly taken their motorhomes / caravans to the local hand car wash. Like one owner who had most of the graphics washed off his van by a pressure washer on full tilt, another where the car wash boys wanted to get the fridge vents really clean but ended up wrecking the owners fridge with the water that swamped it. A caravan is not in any way similar to a car when it comes to cleaning
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Posted: 6 years ago
I can vouch for that I bought a pressure washer and decided to wash my caravan which was at the time a Swift Corronette Classic and blew the stuck on graphics clean off needless to say I stopped before any more damage was done
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Posted: 6 years ago
I allways find it is best to put in the hands of a expert. the guy who does ours also does the survice for us
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Posted: 6 years ago
Agree with old snow drop! No need for specialist treatment on a caravan valeters can sometimes use abrasive materials which can damage your van, so would suggest using brush and soap.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Could not disagree more with jim1 .Caravans and motorhomes do need special treatment, your suggestion of using a brush and soap could be very damaging to your van. Its not just the abrasive stuff you have to be wary of, a lot of dtergents can be very damaging
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Posted: 6 years ago
Why not take it to your caravan dealer and pay them to clean it. I'm sure they will do it whats an extra caravan to clean to them
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Posted: 6 years ago
I have seen the results from Motorhomevalet.co.uk, he has cleaned a couple of friends vans as well as mine. The end results were outstanding.... It's a shame there is no picture posts within forum as I have the before and after pictures.... If you are in the Wiltshire area check this guy out. Just brilliant........