To pressure wash, or not pressure wash…

pressure washerAll RV owners are faced with continuing maintenance once an RV is purchased. A clean RV looks great.  More importantly, a clean RV has a longer functional life and a higher resale value. There are many ways to clean your RV, but whether you are a DIY’er or hire out, the question of pressure washing is bound to arise.

Before we continue, those of us at RVROOF.COM have one important caveat:  always follow your manufacturer’s recommended instructions when cleaning your RV.  No matter what the “experts” say, what the internet gurus recommend, or what your RV owning neighbor swears by, you MUST ALWAYS follow your manufacturer’s instructions to maintain your warranty.  Nothing is worse than being denied a damage claim because you decided to use the witch’s brew your neighbor swears by instead of the cleaner recommended by your manufacturer!  

Having said that, let us now look at the question of pressure washing.

High powered pressure washers can cause extensive damage to RVs:  cut tires, broken seals, paint damage, gel coat delamination, removal of decals – the list is endless. Pressure washers can even force water into your rig. So please, NO HIGH-POWERED pressure washers!  It is recommended that you do not use anything over 1300 PSI.  Why?  A 2500 PSI direct blast can break mortar and concrete:  just imagine what it could do to your traveling home!  If you do use a low-pressure power washer, set your nozzle to a lower setting and keep the nozzle at an angle and at least 15 inches from your rig.

The roof can be the dirtiest part of your RV and the area where you can be most tempted to blast away with that pressure washer. Don’t!  All the seams and caulk you could damage may result in a leaky roof.  Perhaps that is why so many RV owners are turning to FlexArmor roofs.  Our roofs are seamless and guaranteed not to leak. Maintenance is simplified without continued caulking and cleanup is easy with mild soap and water.

Should you pressure wash your RV, or not? 

The final decision is yours, but if you have any doubt, be cautious and wash your RV by hand.  Damage caused by pressure washers can be severe and expensive to repair. Better safe than sorry applies here. 

Until next time: travel safe and travel dry with and FlexArmor!