Sure, you can run through an automated commercial truck wash, but if you’re even a little bit of a perfectionist like we are, you’re much better off doing a thorough spring cleaning yourself. We take our motorhome into some very muddy places, and over the years we have found specialized products that make the job faster and easier. Washing Carrand’s Deluxe 10-inch Flow-Thru brush has a huge soft head that carries loads of soap and water, and the click-lock handle is super easy to adjust with wet hands. Carrand’s Deluxe 10-inch Flow-Thru brush has a huge soft head that carries loads of soap and water, and the click-lock handle is super easy to adjust with wet hands. First, you need to rinse off the chunks. Soap comes later. For all the fancy gadgets out there, it’s hard to beat the ordinary garden hose hand sprayer. Carrand makes the Water Snake that can redirect the adjustable spray in any direction, which is great for getting under the frame. The telescoping wand and three-position off-hi-low thumb switch make reaching the roof easy without a ladder. With the big stuff rinsed off, it’s time to move on to the fun part. A couple of years ago we found the Grit Guard bucket (the Grit Guard 3.5-Gallon System is $34.95). It has a big grate in the bottom that allows sand and grit to fall through instead of turning your wash mitt or brush into a piece of sandpaper. Great idea. Add soap and water. No worries. We used Joy dishwashing detergent for years at the risk of stripping the wax off our paint. It works, but several companies have products specifically for washing vehicles. We have tried many of them, including Protect All Quick & Easy Wash, Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash & Wax, Mothers Marine Wash‘n Wax, Armor All Ultra Shine Wash & Wax, and Thetford Premium RV Wash & Wax. Some claim to be “rinse free” or “self-drying.” Maybe, but we prefer to rinse and dry by hand. We’re not in a hurry.