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Old 07-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago we were in Denver with our really dirty 40' Country Coach. I have never been in one of those truck washes before and made the dumb decision to try it for $35.

A swat team of high pressure wands suddenly appeared and within ten minutes we were done and the coach looked pretty good despite there was no blow dry or wipe down.

The next morning we discovered that the refigerator had stopped working as everything was melting or spoiled. Got back to Phoenix and the repair tech told me the reason was one of the pressure washer folks must have sprayed directly into one or more of the refigerator vents and a moisture sensor shut down the frige.

Does that seem possible? our monsoon season is here and sometimes the wind blows the rain sideways and this never happened before.

Please jump in with any comments on this problem but please don't call me stupid, I've heard that for many miles on our way home.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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I would never say you were "stupid." Ignorant is a better word, which I was till your story, now if I go and do the same thing, I am STUPID. I hope that your fridge drys out on the way home and works fine on later trips. Let us know what transpires...
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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I've heard of water from a garden hose while washing the MH shorted out ( disabled ) the Norcold recall box. I could see how water coming in at that angle might do harm. Rain , no matter how wind driven would be difficult to get up there with any kind of force. Personally , I would never let anyone near my MH with a pressure washer.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
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Pressure washers and compressed air can be dangerous if used improperly
around seals and gaskets causing leaks and electrical shorts in the future .
It is always best to inspect the lighting and operation of all appliances, refrigerator/freezer, floor heaters and water heater after severer water
(washing and rain), winds and storms.
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I have learned an important lesson Clifftall, thank you.
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I've never seen a "moisture sensor" in a RV refer/freezer combo. Shorting out something is possible though.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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I've never seen a "moisture sensor" in a RV refer/freezer combo. Shorting out something is possible though.

X 2 and I have never bothered to worry about the refer vents when brushing the soap/wax or rinsing. Guess I have been lucky!
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Personally , I would never let anyone near my MH with a pressure washer.
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I've heard too many horror stories to consider using those truck washes.

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:47 AM   #9
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I have used two truck washes, And one professional RV wash.


Blue Beacon truck wash places have gotten many good reviews from various forum members, And the one in Las Vegas (Just south of the Flyin J) treated me very well.

The other one I tried was a "no name" and they too did a good job.

HOWEVER, one has to assume not all are as careful as the BB ones are (It seems they do train somewhat).

The professional service was folks who wash RV's for a living, nothing else, they did good too.

Usually I do it myself.
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A couple of weeks ago we were in Denver with our really dirty 40' Country Coach. I have never been in one of those truck washes before and made the dumb decision to try it for $35.

A swat team of high pressure wands suddenly appeared and within ten minutes we were done and the coach looked pretty good despite there was no blow dry or wipe down.

The next morning we discovered that the refigerator had stopped working as everything was melting or spoiled. Got back to Phoenix and the repair tech told me the reason was one of the pressure washer folks must have sprayed directly into one or more of the refigerator vents and a moisture sensor shut down the frige.

Does that seem possible? our monsoon season is here and sometimes the wind blows the rain sideways and this never happened before.

Please jump in with any comments on this problem but please don't call me stupid, I've heard that for many miles on our way home.

I won't call you stupid, but I will call the minimum wage employees of Blue Beacon STUPID. I try to avoid those Blue Beacon Washes with the exception of a minor few just for the reason(s) you experienced. I swear some of those guys gotta be on drugs. Or they have serious issues with basic thought processes. One nearly has to stand out there in the wash bay to bark orders to them to avoid damaging certain things whether it be on a big truck or RV.
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If you have the Norcold "recall board" you don't even want a garden hose to shoot water into the vent. Those boards are NOT weather proofed at all!

Norcold knows this but will not fix the board that is a fix. I'm enjoying my Amish Cooling Unit much more now.
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