PictureI would like to credit this art that I found floating around on Facebook, but I cannot. It is wonderful whoever did it.

Sheree says....

You would think that after 3 kids and 9 grandkids, that I would be unbelievably smart...all the time. But alas, it is not the case.

We recently bought a very expensive product at the local RV show. We honestly thought it was a must-have after seeing the gunky graveyard of bugs that had accumulated on our cab-over and our motorhome grill. So we forked out nearly $30 for "Slick Auto Shot" bug spray.

The can says, "You will never have to scrub those pesky bugs off your auto again." Sounded like Nirvana to us. So I sprayed it liberally on the grill and all the areas of the rig facing the highway, the areas where the in-transit bugs would splatter.

(Thank God I was not in a position to also spray the cab-over. Sheesh. We would still be scrubbing.)

Need exercise? Then this is the product for you. If you have the time to scrub, and scrub, and scrub.
What the product's manufacturer does NOT indicate, however, is how much scrubbing you will have to do to get the bug spray off your rig!

See how happy David is? See that mucky mess of grime held fast to the rig by the bug-free spray? A hot, soapy sponge could not budge this stuff. It came off the chrome grill okay, but not off the paint. Grrrr....
David unhappily scrubbing off bug spray gunk and road grime.
The only advisory that comes with the spray is "Do Not Apply on Windshield." God help you if you get any of this stuff on glass. Be prepared to scrub! And I mean....SCRUB!

But scrub with what? Water will not remove this stuff. So what other cleaner will make this mess go away?

We began to experiment.

First came the Goo Gone and paper towels. This method worked on teeny sections, but there was way too much surface area for this inefficient method.

Next, we tried a kitchen scrubber (sponge on one side, gritty scrubber on the other). This worked somewhat, but we were concerned about what the gritty side was doing to the paint finish, so we dumped that idea. Besides, it was slow and ponderous.

Then I had a flash. What new-fangled product removes waxy, greasy stuff off walls? (My years of experience as a mother and nana were kicking in.)  Of course. That would be Mr. Clean "Magic Erasers." I also had LIFE brand erasers that I buy at Shoppers Drug Mart, so I tried those.
And the winner is?
We hit pay-dirt. The Magic Erasers worked. Along with much elbow grease, that is.

Hours later, much later, the lesson was learned.

Anti-stick bug spray is meant for GRILLWORK only! It must NOT be sprayed on glass or the motorhome body.

Next time, I will use inexpensive PAM cooking spray on the grill and keep my dollars for more important things like Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream bars. :)

Next adventure?

Our very first Good Sam Alberta Samboree in Irvine, Alberta, June 19-23, 2013. We are very much looking forward to it. Bugs and all. :)

(Watch for my inspired use of pipe insulation as we continue our Albertan battle against cold night temps.)

We get beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Alberta.


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