In Yuma. Last year at this time we paid $120, including $20 tip, for wash and wax of our 40' coach.
This year, we'll pay $360 before the tip, for a above average detail. About $30-40 more then I had expected to pay. But that was only for a wash/polish/wax, and this gent will also:
-Remove the rear ladder for better access to that area of the rear cap.
-Remove and paint the windshield washer arms.
-Remove and paint the hitch part of our tow assembly.
-Reseal caulk as needed.
-Buff and polish all chrome, and the aluminum wheels too.
-Removes AC shrouds and cleans the pans as well as the coils. (Not a compete AC service, but an extra 30 mins of work.)
This is a two day process, and he say's he is usually done after about 3-4 hours on the second day.
And, I saw his work and then talked with two other customers too - they all say they've worked with this gent for more then 5 years. And every other year they have him 'give it the treatment'.
Our coach has the swirl scratches in the clear coat from dry cleaning with cloths that still trapped sone grit. And we have sections of dark maroon wait with micro checking. These will be color polished. (I knew, and was very straight forward that the color polishing will not remove the micro checking. But, it will reduce the appearance for awhile, especially if we keep good UV wax on the paint.)
I admit that I used to enjoy doing this myself. But at our vacation home where I would make this a two-three day job, I now can no longer wash my vehicle in the street. (Well I could, if I were to buy a water recovery system. But I won't.) I have the Porter Cable 7224 (Think that is the number) orbital polisher, and multiple pads for various applications. Since I no longer can wash well at this home. We've hit Blue Beacon (sure that added to the swirls too), and have had it hand washed and waxed in a few other locals. I use different products that are supposed to be safe to spay on and use micro cloths to remove the dirt, then use scary on nano tech waxes. (Sray on, wipe off, done
! While on extended trips....
We'll see how this pampering does to bring it back.
Best to all, be safe, have fun,