Do you clean the outside of your vans when on site camping ?

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  1. Charlie

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    I must admit I'm surprised at how many folk I see washing and polishing their MHs and caravans and tow cars on site.
    We are in France and people from France seem to get stuck in. There are three UK people very close by and two of them have completely clean and spotless vans despite journeys of a few hundred miles...

    So who does it ?

    I followed the crowd and did ours yesterday....
     
  2. GJH

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    I have been known to clean bird muck off before it damages the paintwork but otherwise it waits until we get home :)
     
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    If you travel down through France or Spain in winter you will want to clean it so you don't mess your clothes up getting in and out. :rolleyes:
     
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    Went to Italy for a month earlier this year and wished I had not left cleaning the van until we got back, if I had just done a little but often then it would have been a lot easier than tring to clean a month of flies etc of the van. :oops:
     
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    Keep ours in storage so cleaning it on site has become a habit.
    I've had a few raised eyebrows but just offered to lend them my brush & bucket usually sends them indoors.
    Top tip - do it on an evening when the warden has finished fir the day!
     
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    We are thinking of treating it a little like our cars, in general they are washed each time it rains ..... and by that I mean its the RAIN that does the washing not us....... however I think
    May well have a point and therefore suggest an amendment as follows ...... as previously stated, its the rain that does the washing but we "may" clean a little around the doors and windows to avoid excessive "dirt transfer" . We don't have the same level of salt on our roads as Blighty ...... also take into account that 'er indoors has not yet seen this posting, so my views may well change in accordance with her wishes
     
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    Have done it in Spain, dont do it in uk,

    Eric
     
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    In my/our short time in this caper I've seen quite a few participating both in the UK and over here.
    I'm one of thos strange ones who like cleaning the cars so no bother to me ...
     
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    Oh yes !!!!

    Cleanliness is next to godliness in my book.;)

    Then again I find cleaning and polishing very therapeutic.

    Weird or what !:whistle:

    Regards

    John P(y)
     
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    At the very least I do the front and back every few days, just done it today after driving in a bit of rain and a bird doing a big purple fruit juice laden 'poo' on the front.

    I don't wash of sites I use Autoglym rapid detailer.

    Martin
     
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    We usually find a quiet place next to a mountain stream or river, get out the eco friendly car shampoo and away we go (y)

    All the water you could possibly imagine :D
     
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    On CCC weekends & temporary holiday sites, you should have a fire bucket full of water outside your unit. As soon as I fill mine I get a cloth, wet it and wash away as many flies as I can, especially if the van is facing south as the sun dries the blighters onto the bonnet.

    I was under the impression that it is illegal to wash vehicles in Spain except at authorized sites, where waste water is collected and filtered before allowing it to enter the environment: sensible if you think about it?
     
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    We use our grey waste to wash the van..... Works a treat (y)
     
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    Never used too, but now I have a shed load of chrome on the front, I hate seeing even a watermark in it and polish it regularly:)
     
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    windows only. ave seen many sites object to people doing van washdowns
     
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    I seem to recall John that you could eat a meal off the floor in your motorhome.your RV was a credit to you.
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Do it when in France to get rid of those massive bugs that go splat on the front of the van.
     
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    Without "given it large" Brian the Auto trail Cheiftain is heading that way:LOL:

    I spent all day on Sunday under the awning getting off the mildew marks with a softish green pad and Civitas Jif !!:LOL:

    My back is killing me but its worth every "ache".

    Same went for on top but that was a lot easier.

    I'm waiting for my black streak remover to arrive tomorrow.

    Travelworld had polished the motorhome but they sealed the

    black streaks in !!!!:(

    I need to remove the streaks and then wax the whole van.

    I know people think I'm daft but its the way I like it(y)

    Too old to change now.

    Regards to Jo.

    John P(y)
     
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    No, when on holiday, the only thing I do is drive and then relax. I do clean the windows and mirrors when the opacity levels prevent forward/rear vision.

    When we get home, I then carve off the baked in bugs from the front of the van :D
     
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    I clean the windscreen and if really dirty, the back doors (PVC) but thats all anything else can wait till I get home.
     
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