Washing outback red dust off the van.

Submitted: Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 06:25
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After a six month trip, it's time to wash the van thoroughly.

Does anybody have any helpful tips about getting the red dust stains off the white aluminium cladding or cleaning any other parts of the van.

I have a high pressure cleaner, but I am a bit worried it might damage the van.

Thanks,

Willie.
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Reply By: The Murray Marauders - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:19

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:19
G'day Willie,

I either used CT18 or CT20. The 18 is the super wash and the 20 is super wash which also has a wax in it . I normally use the 20. When I first start I use a plastic spray bottle and set it to stream and make up a 50/50 luke warm water and CT20 and stray all the Sikaflex area's around the van. Extremities and around the door and windows etc. When I'm finished, it usually takes about ten minutes, I then fill the bucket with warm water and then start washing the van. I usually don't add any more CT20 to the water because of the amount that has been sprayed on the van is sufficient. I'll usually try and wash it on a cloudy day or under cover so that I don;t have to wash the suds off untill I have finished either side and then the front and back separately. I used a wash brush with an extendable hanlde or a nylon broom. Have fun.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:46

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:46
Thanks very much John. I will get 5 Litres of Super Wash from Super cheap tomorrow. The broom sounds like a good idea too.
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Follow Up By: muddywaters - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 03:33

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 03:33
My co-driver & I would clean our coach in Melbourne before the trip with CT18 then allow it to dry. When dry re spray all the body work with CT18 again and leave to dry. When we arrived in Southport 26 hours later a quick run over with hose and presto a clean vehicle for the trip home.

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Reply By: Condinup - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:44

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:44
Hi Willie,
Similar, CT 18 truck wash mixed about 6 to 1 in a pump up sprayer. Spray all over then broom and hose off.

How did you go with your hitch issue? Did you find out what was causing the sideways movement?

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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 08:01

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 08:01
The hitch problem was alleviated by replacing the male part. I started using a wipe of dry lube on it, which I am sure helped.

The sideways movement seems to have lessened, now that I am concious of taking the tension out of the van axles before I unhitch (with a bit of back and forward van movement).

I have a new new problem though. This new male vertical pin is a slightly different size and after I put it on, the only way to undo it, is to insert the locking pin into one of the holes in the screw down head, and hammer it undone. The locking pin is also very hard to get in now.

McHitch have a cheap change up price to convert to the Uniglide system, and I will take advantage of that in the next few weeks.

Cheers,

Willie
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Reply By: braggy - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 16:35

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 16:35
Hi Wille

Yeah CT 18 works great.

I spray it on with a kero gun with the air compressor,get its into all the cracks.
Up under the van as well

Then leave it for a few hours or overnight,says you can let it dry, then pressure clean off on about half pressure.

Works a treat.

Cheers Ken

A couple of weeks ago Repco had it for $9.90/5lt, usually about $30
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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 18:54

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 18:54
Thanks Ken.
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 20:16

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 20:16
We scrub liquid dynamo on the checkerplate and it comes up like new.
scrub on straight and leave on for ten minutes.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 at 03:47

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 at 03:47
We have Dynamo, so I will try it out. Thanks a lot Scott.
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Reply By: MarkB - Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 07:25

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 07:25
Hi Scott

Did you use the normal Dynamo or Maximum Dynamo?

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