Just like with a car, if you have a travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome, you know how much dirt and debris accumulates, even when you haven’t driven it. It is amazing how dirty it can get just from rain kicking up dirt and dust from a gravel or dirt pad. And we all know how dirty the RV gets with dead bugs and other road debris when traveling.
The only thing different from washing and waxing a car is the size of the RV and how big of a job washing and waxing it truly is. If you are like us, you don’t want to spend $10-$12 a foot for a wash and wax when you know you can do it yourself with a little time and elbow grease.
Enter Meguiar’s. Over the years, we have asked several RV detailing companies as well as boat detailing companies what products they use for washing and waxing. More often than not, Meguiar’s was their answer. After more research, we decided to use Meguiar’s G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner to wash both our Jeep Wrangler and our Newmar Ventana motorhome. To wax, we use the Meguiar’s M6332 Flagship Premium Marine Wax.
Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner
Meguiar’s G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner is a rich and luxurious car wash product designed to both gently wash and condition paint in one easy step. This formula has strong suds that gently and safely foam away tough dirt and road grime leaving amazing looking paint. The shampoo nourishes the RV finish and creates a slick surface that encourages water to flow off in sheets, thereby reducing drying time. It uses safe, biodegradable detergents that won’t compromise your wax protection.
It doesn’t take very much shampoo to wash, just one ounce of shampoo to one gallon of water. It is best to wash when it your RV is cool to the touch and in as much shade as possible.
We have used this shampoo for over 8 years and have never been disappointed. It keeps our paint in great condition. When we had our first Newmar Ventana, it was a 2006 model and even at 10 years old, people thought it was brand new because the paint was so beautiful. We highly recommend Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your RV looking brand new. You can get it most anywhere car products are sold as well as on Amazon, where it is usually cheaper.
Flagship Premium Marine Wax
Once we have finished washing the RV, we use Meguiar’s M6332 Flagship Premium Marine Wax to wax it. This wax is very easy to use and gives a deep gloss to fiberglass and gel coat surfaces. It protects against harmful UV damage as well. It reduces oxidation, fine scratches and swirls. The great thing about this wax is that it is specially formulated to be effective by hand or with a polisher.
We have used this polish for many, many years but have really seen just how great it is while we have been located in Seattle for the past 3 years, where we are constantly battling rain and mold. We don’t wax every time we wash because with this wax, it just isn’t necessary. Rain just beads up and runs right off and the shine is just amazing. Once waxed, the paint is super slick to the touch. We usually will wax twice a year, even while in the PNW.
It is super easy to use and comes off as easy as it goes on. Our typical routine is that Tex will use the orbital buffer to apply the wax. We then wait a few minutes and I come behind him and use a microfiber cloth to remove it. If I can do that with my limited strength and neck issues, then that should tell you how easy it is to remove. Just as with the shampoo, it is best to wax when the RV is cool to the touch and in the shade. If it is in direct sun, then it is much harder to remove the wax.
As stated with the shampoo, you can get it most anywhere car products are sold as well as on Amazon, where it is usually cheaper.
DISCLAIMER: We are not compensated by Meguiar’s nor Amazon for this review. These words are strictly from our experience and our opinion. We will not be held liable for misuse of this article or in the event they don’t work for your individual use or situation. We recommend doing your own research and gather other reviews prior to purchase.