With the pickup date of our new van looming over, it was time to get thinking about giving it a goof old clean. Plenty of elbow grease will be required!

Needed to buy a few things to get the job done.

First up was a new hose reel, one for the caravan. Being sited for a long periods of time means that dragging the aquaroll back and forth can be a real chore. So, a flat cassette type was the way forward. Weighs about 1kg and packs away much, much smaller than my existing hose reel. The way it reels out means that it doesn’t kink, and reeling it in squeezes the water out the other end to make it fit back inside the cassette.


Hopefully, no more lugging around 40kg (ish) of aquaroll.

Borrowing a set of steps means I can reach the height of the roof, but I wouldn’t be able to reach the middle of it, so the answer was an extending brush. The water can flow through it at the same time, and is controlled via a tap.


With a squeegee on the back, it will make short work of drying the caravan once it is clean.

The method for cleaning is similar to that of cleaning my car:
Spray in the soap:


After letting it sit for a few minutes, rinse off and agitate with brush/mitt.


Rinse again, get roughly dry with the blade:


And finish off with a microfibre cloth:


Usually, I use Demon Shine on the car, as it is easy to apply. The only issue is that it doesn’t last very long. After much research, I decided upon this:


It’s a paint sealant, fairly new to the scene, but promises to give a shine for between 1 – 2 years.
Will be looking forward to doing some comparison pictures.

2 more sleeps to go!