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Old 05-27-2016, 04:56 AM   #1
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Preventing bugs on front of trailer

As we prepare to leave for Alaska next Wednesday, we are trying to figure out what is the best way to keep bugs from sticking to the front of the fifth wheel. Online, we have found suggestions such as silicone spray, cooking oil spray (such as PAM), or WD40.

Is there a product out there which is made for this purpose and works well? Has anyone had any success in preventing bug splatters?

We are hoping that whatever works on the trailer will also work on the chrome grill at the front of our truck.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:11 AM   #2
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I recommend just a good quality wax job. Carry some automotive detailing spray and clean it up every day or so. Anything you spray on like cooking oil or wd40 that remains wet will attract dust and may be more of a problem than the bugs. Enjoy your trip!!
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:26 AM   #3
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Thanks! I think hubby was trying to avoid the wax thing due to the ongoing work involved, but what you say makes sense. I will pass it along.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:59 AM   #4
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Yes good wax. Also to clean bugs off; keep some dryer sheets handy. Make them damp and the bugs will come off easier. Safe travels.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:50 AM   #5
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Just leave it till you get home, it will always get dirty and it shows that you are really travelling. There are 2 rv coin op washes in Dawson City and one at Sourdough campground in Tok ,alaska( a must camp to stay at.) While at dawson, stay downtown as it walkng distance to all stuff,the other 2 are to far to walk.
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Over the years I have found several different ways to help with the bug problem Some have worked better than others.
The very best one that I have come up with is to simply leave the truck and camper in the garage. With this method the clean up is minimal. Usually just a quick once over with the hose and a casual wipe down will easily remove any of the small amount of droppings they leave behind. This is no where near as bad or strenuous as having to scrub the dried, sun burned on guts that gets splattered all over the front of things.


Second best would be to simply back the rig down the road.


Third method would be to just cover the front of both rigs with a tarp. When done driving for the day it's just a simple shake of the tarp and they will drop off.


As you can see, I'm trying to inject a little humor here.
We all know, scrubbing bugs off the front of our rigs is part of the travel business.


Happy travels, and have a safe enjoyable trip.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:54 AM   #7
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WD-40 would make a gawd awful mess, way worse than the bugs.

I'm so jealous of your trip. Post pictures please.
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another trick I found (after the Alaska trip) was to go to the hardware store and buy 5-6 ft of soft door screening. clamp it to the bottom air dam(the plastic part under the bumper that always finds curbs.)and clamp the top to the cover under the hood that is above the fan. Close the hood and it will stay in place to keep bugs out of the rad and the tranny cooler in the opening in the bumper.
And in saskatawan ,there are white moths that plastered the rad.
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Our truck drivers spray the fronts with food grade silicone
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Some auto parts stores. (Pep boys). Carry rock protection in a spray can
Helps with rock pits. Kinda like a clear bra but you spray it on
Then it washes off with water. But if it rains hard its gone
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