Are you as frustrated as we were with removing bug splatter from your RV? We just found a very affordable product that really works. We ended up washing the entire RV with it!
And in the process, we erased stuck-on yucky bug splatter we have collected from five states over the past few weeks.
It really works!
Here's a video we did showing us washing our RV after a long road trip.
Why removing bug splatter is important
Besides being unsightly, removing bug splatter is important if you want to protect the finish of your RV from unnecessary damage.
Dried-on, splattered insects often secrete an acid when they die. If it is left on a surface long enough they actually become part of the finish and can chip your paint when removed.
They also present a safety hazard, obscuring your vision.
Here's an example from a few years back when we were driving west on I-90 in South Dakota and ran into what we called a “bug blizzard.” Some sort of insect had hatched in the wide open prairie land around us and it sounded like we were being pelted with small stones as they splattered across the windshield.
Bugs Off is the product we used for removing bug splatter
The product is called Bugs Off and it was developed in Florida where, every spring, a particularly obnoxious insect known as love bugs hatch and splatter across millions of windshields. They got their name because usually, it's two of these bugs that run into vehicles. Guess they were too busy to notice where they are going.
In fact, the Bugs Off product was originally called “the Love Bug Eraser.” They changed the name after discovering that it also removes the remains of other road splattered insects.
The product consists of a sponge-like pad. All you have to do is dip it in soapy water and start rubbing away the bugs.
By the way, always use a soap marked for vehicles NOT dishwater, which can mess up the finish by stripping away its protective cover.
The Bugs Off pad is safe for all vehicles, especially RVs, and will not harm paint, clear coat, plastic, glass, wraps, graphics, or metal. They are safe for every surface of your car.
We got a set of three of the removable pads ($16.98, plus $3.79 shipping) and a flat holder which we screwed into a wooden extension pole for doing the windshield and reaching all the way up to the roof of our RV (10 feet off the ground).
Our experience in removing bug splatter
As you can see in our video, Jennifer was pretty ecstatic right from the start. We began on the front of the RV, ground zero for bug splatter. I videoed as she used the Bugs Off pad in short, rubbing circles. And the bug debris vanished.
She moved to the side of the RV. Same thing. The big plastic molding around the driver and passenger side mirrors was a mess of bug splatter. Gone with the pad. Then she tried the wheel covers. The sparkle returned.
But the big test for me was the windshield.
I had tried best as possible to clean it off on our trip every time we stopped for fuel. But it was still a mess. I attached the same pad we had been using to the flat holder and the extension pole and, with very little elbow grease, watched in amazement as my efforts in removing bug splatter made quick work of the windshield mess.
What do YOU use in removing bug splatter?
We have no financial relationship with Bugs Off. They are not a sponsor. They sent us a sample of their pads and we said we'd give them a try and, good or bad, share our thoughts. In their case, we couldn't have been more surprised… and pleased. But if they did not work, we would have still done a story and told you that, too.
But there are other products we have used that help. RainX is a windshield washer solvent that makes it harder for bugs to stick to the windshield. And Bounce dryer laundry sheets, when dampened, also do a good job in removing bug splatter.
But wait – there's more! 🙂
But the Bugs Off pads are the best way we've found in removing bug splatter. We love them so much we put them in our next SWEEPSTAKES! We'll be giving away these to 7 lucky RV owners! You can sign up to win starting Sunday, JUNE 13th right here!
How about you? What have you found that works? Use the comments below.
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