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Old 02-27-2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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How does Blue Beacon work

Thinking a head to summer travels and I haven't seen too many comments about Blue Beacon.

I don't mind washing the coach, but sometimes finding a facility is difficult.

Are they a hand / brush wash garage with a crew or is it some type of automatic facility?

If you are towing a car, do you unhook it?

Tipping - assuming folks are working for a living, tip before or after? How much?

If I'm reading their website correctly a wash is around $40.

Thanks for the advise.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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It's not automatic. There are guys in there washing your rig, similar to a DIY car wash stall. Just leave your toad hooked up, they'll wash it too if you want them to.
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They do a good job to get it clean. To do the tire treatment and polish wheels is extra. If car is hooked up extra to wash car.
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Pull up usually RV is by the foot in length,They do a pressure wash and a brush,It will be clean you can inspect and if your not happy they will rewash, Usually in and out in about 30 minutes. I own a semi truck and use these tpe washes regularly, Don't get in the line if there are a lot of trucks in front of you can be a long wait,Once you are in line your in Line,No exit but through the wash.
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There are those that would never put there coach through a truck wash, but to me it is sometimes a necessity. When we do a winter trip from WI to FL, I have to stop to get the salt and grime off once we hit southern weather. I find they do a good wherever I am in the country. I always remind them to use an appropriate pressure for gel paint. They are friendly and really do a decent job. Once you're in there, it is a 10 min job max as there are about 6 guys washing your coach at the same time. My bill. Is always around $50 and don't tip. 10 minute job for $50, I think they are getting paid enough ! When at home, I always do it myself.


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Last month I paid $66 for coach and car with wheel treatment, did a great job. Must have been 10 people working on it. Just get out, go in and pay as they are finishing up.
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I think they do a very good job. I usually ask who distributes the tips and give him $10 before they start. They get paid $7 or $8 an hour.
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If you go to one without the 'rainshower' and overhead scaffolding,
they WILL do the top for free if you ask them...

I usually opt for the rain-x, wheel treatment, and undercarriage.

I've never washed any of my rv's and always have gone to them - lucky to have 2 in the dfw area...

(they have an app too to help locate them)
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I use Blue Beacon often. They do an OK job getting the coach clean. Get the Rain-X and the tire shine. A 40-foot coach is about 50 bucks.
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There are those that would never put there coach through a truck wash, but to me it is sometimes a necessity. When we do a winter trip from WI to FL, I have to stop to get the salt and grime off once we hit southern weather. I find they do a good wherever I am in the country. I always remind them to use an appropriate pressure for gel paint. They are friendly and really do a decent job. Once you're in there, it is a 10 min job max as there are about 6 guys washing your coach at the same time. My bill. Is always around $50 and don't tip. 10 minute job for $50, I think they are getting paid enough ! When at home, I always do it myself.


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Tips not mandatory of course. Those guys at Blue Beacon near me do a great job. Tips go straight to them. I look the coach over, point out any spots that need touching up and put a 20 in the jar.
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The person to tip in my opinion is the crew leader. That's the person who comes out while you are still in line and asks what you want done. I tell him, and hand him $10 right there. I'll usually add something to the tip jar at the end. Never had a bad job at BB.
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I think they do a very good job. I usually ask who distributes the tips and give him $10 before they start. They get paid $7 or $8 an hour.
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$7 or $8 an hour is a lot more than I get paid.

BTW tipping anyone before they start gets you nothing.... except a "feel good feeling"... (and "poorer").

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What?! I'd never heard of Blue Beacon. I just paid some guys in a mobile unit $250 for a wash, tire-shine, and basic interior. And I see they have one off the I-10 in LA that I'll pass Tuesday. Ugh.
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What?! I'd never heard of Blue Beacon. I just paid some guys in a mobile unit $250 for a wash, tire-shine, and basic interior. And I see they have one off the I-10 in LA that I'll pass Tuesday. Ugh.
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