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Old 07-17-2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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Boy am I glad to find this site!

A friend of my wife is giving us (yes!! for FREE!!) a 1984 16ft Sunline trailer. It's in great shape, it just needs a little cleanup. But as this is our first foray into the camping world without a tent I'm sure we'll have tons of questions in the near future, so you'll be seeing my name alot in these forums. I can't wait to get started, so while I'm here...can anyone recommend an exterior cleaner?

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Old 07-17-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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Opie,

Welcome to the group, and what luck, a free Sunline. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks who are very willing to answer any of your questions, so ask anytime. Enjoy your new (to you) coach.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:19 PM   #3
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Re: Boy am I glad to find this site!

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A friend of my wife is giving us (yes!! for FREE!!) a 1984 16ft Sunline trailer. It's in great shape, it just needs a little cleanup. But as this is our first foray into the camping world without a tent I'm sure we'll have tons of questions in the near future, so you'll be seeing my name alot in these forums. I can't wait to get started, so while I'm here...can anyone recommend an exterior cleaner?

Thanks in advance.

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Opie & Robyn,

First, welcome! You will like it here. The folks are friendly and helpful, and the flame fests are non-existant.

You can buy a very expensive black streak cleaner at your local RV dealer, or you can buy the "Awesome" brand cleaner at your local dollar store for just a couple of bucks. Awesome works just as well at a fraction of the cost. I use a soft bristled car washing brush on a 5 foot pole to scrub my vehicles and the trailer. Works really well.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:51 PM   #4
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Thanks - I'm fresh out of "Awesome", but I do have a bottle of "Fabulous" floating around my Jeep. I guess I saved 15 bucks with my first question. That's a good start!!
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:18 PM   #5
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Hi Opie,

Welcome to the forum! I agree with Steve, Awesome is the for exterior cleaning. But, DO NOT let it stay on the striping and logos. Awesome will take the color right out of them. Not all the way, but you will see color run down the side. The older logos and striping are more prone to losing their color since they have had more exposure to the sun. After you get the coach all washed down with Awesome, it would be a good idea to go over it again with a regular car wash method. After that, you should wax the trailer, yes, wax it. You will see many posts here say not to wax, but your coach is pre-Krystal Kote (a special textured coating on the siding that doesn't need wax), so it is important to wax, mainly to save the logos from any more sun damage.

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Welcome to the group and good luck with your new to you TT.
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Another AWESOME user here....works great but like said - don't leve it on the decals!

Welcome to the forum, we have a wonderful family here!
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:21 PM   #8
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Welcome to the club. Our first Sunline was a T-1550. After years in a pop up tent trailer, it was so nice to have a bathroom and no more wet canvas. I'm sure you will love it. One suggestion: If you happen to have a bad back, get a memory foam or egg crate foam mattress pad to improve the padding on the bed.
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Welcom

I purchased a 1982 15.5 SB 5 weeks ago and have been getting it in shape for a trip to Labrador, setting it up for two. I agree with the memory foam adddition.

As well I have made a shorter table, added 4 draws under the dinette, and 4 litlle book cases, converted the hanging closet to a pantry, permanently mounted a water filter/ pressure relief valve, a cable TV input, converted the bunk above the gaucho to storage, added a pull out tool draw, painted the roof and frame, replaced the screws with stainless and .....

It's been a blast. Another week and I hope to be road ready.

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WOW! What luck, free Sunline!!!! Welcome to the cub! You will get some good advice and tips here.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:25 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I'm very excited to get started!! We're picking her up next week!!
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I'm very excited to get started!! We're picking her up next week!!
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