Splat! (Insert bad word here) BUGS! We have all been there and if you have not yet, because you are new to owning a coach or RV, you surely will be. What you see to the right is what our coach looked like after traveling for 14 hours in about 72 degree weather. (Temperature can play a roll in the sure number of bugs out.) This was on our way from Tennessee to our seasonal site at Southwoods RV Resort in Byron, NY on on April 9th. I only mention this because at that time of the year, it is usually still too cool out to have many bugs. But lucky us, I say in a sarcastic tone, it was 72 degrees and the bugs were doing what they do.
Now we surely have had bugs in the past. After all, we have been traveling for some time. So it surely will not be the last time either. But in this case, it was really bugging me as there was SO MUCH! Usually we have bugs and I use my window wash solution and clean them. But surely nothing like this. After all, this was 14 hours, 742 miles, of driving. So I needed to do something to make this easier and started researching.
Of course I reached out to Andrew, our main professional detailing guy to ask his advice and I sent the photo also. His reply…”It will take me some time to get to NY from AZ.”. Ok, funny Andrew. But he also sent me a few links. However before I received his reply I had already ordered what I wanted to try.
So in reading and looking around I came across Bugs N’ All. Not kidding, that is the name. The good news is that I could buy it from our favorite place, Amazon! So along with ordering the solution, I also ordered a bug sponge and a bug finger mitt. (I was not sure which would work better and they were cheap so I bought both.)
The company ProSol says that “Bugs N’ All will not remove Wax or Polishes. It will not damage Clear Coat, Paint or Decals. Guaranteed!” and that “ProSol products are non-toxic, bio-degradable, earth friendly and it is safe to use around kids, pets, plants and shrubs.” This of course is totally great! And even more, it can be used on just about anything as a cleaner…right down to leather! So it is multi purpose.
So how did it work? Well it may be good to mention that about 6 days had passed and I had not touched the bugs on the front of the coach. I did however do the windshield when we stopped for fuel, so I was OK on that. (That is where the above photo was taken.) So getting to the point…I was extremely happy with the result! I sprayed it on and waited for about one minute and then wiped with the bug sponge. I was shocked at how little pressure I used to remove them. It just worked. So well in fact, I ordered more as you can get it in a small 4oz concentrate bottle! Thus very RV friendly!
Of course I got very excited. (Well as excited as one can get about cleaning bugs!) So what did I do? I of course yelled for Brenda to grab the camera and we shot a video. So without further blah, blah, blah, take a look at how well it did in this less than two minute Quick Tip!
Thanks for the great information David!
Hay David and Brenda,
Welcome back, think you came back to early? Weather, why didn’t you bring back some of that southwest weather with you? LOL
Well, we did. It was in the 70’s when we got back. :)
Hey Dave, I have that product and I have that yellow sponge. Maybe the trick is to leave it on there for 6 days so those bugs get really dried out so it works better. I’ll try that.
LOL….I had only left it on as I did not want to spend 45 min of work trying to get it all off. (So I put it off…we were the only ones at Southwoods as the park was not open so the coach did not need to look as nice as it usually does.) So then I went looking for something that could help and found this product. Glad I did as it made the job so much easier.
Will have to try this for all our vehicles. We are at Southwoods to see friends who live and work here.
I have had good luck using baby shampoo and the netted sponge you are using. I would be interested in you thoughts on the comparison.
Hi Chip…No comparison really. You are talking soap vs a enzyme remover that works by neutralizing and releasing the organic acids bugs contain which makes them stick like glue.
David, Do you have Diamond Shield or a similar plastic on the front of your bus? If so, can I assume that this product is safe. I have Diamond Shield on my 2008 Bus and I hate it. The bugs get burned into the plastic. Any insight on removing it would be helpful.
From what I know, all buses have Diamond Shield. I can see NO ISSUE that can be caused from the use of this product. Diamond Shield also sells their own bug remover, for get this, $30 a bottle!!!! Not kidding!!! So they will never endorse another one for use. I have never, ever, had an issue using things to clean it on the front of our coach or even our first coach which also had it. Heck, this stuff can be used on leather. If it does not hurt leather, can’t see how it could hurt anything else. If you know us and how I keep this coach, you then know if I used it I was not concerned. But I will say this is IMHO to be safe from someone saying “I said it was OK”.
Wonderful! Rated high on Amazon too! Thanks for the suggestion.
I simply use soap and water with an old dryer sheet – works fine. On the windshield nothing works better than a simple straight edge razor blade…
We use Dawn dish soap and 0000 Steel Wool with some regular water. The 0000 Steel Wool will not harm the windshield. I also use Rain-X brand Bug Remover Windshield Washer fluid.
YEs, WINDSHIELD ONLY with any steel wool. :)
I have been using BugsN’All for about 2 years on cars and motorhomes. It is great and has speeded up the post trip cleaning process significantly. Our prior motorhome had black mat mirrors which I could rarely get bug free before using BugsN’All – after using it they looked like new. I can now remove all bugs from the front end, top to bottom with the mirrors included, in about 45 minutes using minimal effort. Another nice feature is that it is great at removing grease from carpet; e.g., those times when a mechanic steps where they shouldn’t. Tip: Try to avoid direct sun as it will dry too fast and stops working once it dries. If you must clean in the sun, apply to small sections.
Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for sharing a great posts.
Thank you kindly. We try to help where we can.