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Old 03-19-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Motorhome thru truck wash?

Does anyone know if a class A can go through a truck-stop wash? I need 13' clearance due to the AC's etc. on the roof (probably like most of you). Would they be damaged going through a truck-stop wash? How do most of you get your MH washed? Many thanks for your input.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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When we are on the road we often use truck washes. Have never found one that had a clearance problem and not any damage.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #3
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We have used several of the Blue Beacon truck washes. If you have an Iphone they have a app that will tell you locations and directions.

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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You can go thru a truck wash. But don't do it. If they use auto brushes, it will scratch your finish. If they use manually controlled brushes on extended poles, it will scratch your finish. And, the washer guys tend to wash your MH like they do a truck trailer with aluminum siding. You know, bang, bang, crash, bang. It's painful. The one and only one that we have been to left a brush handle mark on our finish. Never again.

Get an extended pole system with a lambs wool attachment and use baby shampoo. I want the finish on ours to be as smooth as a baby's **tt. And do it yourself. It takes me about 1 1/2 hours, max, to do it all from preparation to putting everything away (except for the roof).

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http://swobbit.com/shop/?cPath=21

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Semi truck trailers are 13 ft 6 in high so you will have no height issue.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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I've had my coach washed several times a Blue Beacon and never had the problems described above. They were very careful with my coach and even washed my toad with care.
I would use them again.

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Old 03-19-2012, 07:43 PM   #7
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We have gone thru a few truck wash only in desperation they use very harsh chemicals
What I prefer is having it washed at the RV park we stop at they usually have a list of wash companies
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I've had my coach washed several times a Blue Beacon and never had the problems described above. They were very careful with my coach and even washed my toad with care.
I would use them again.

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Same here. No scratches and no peeling paint.
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Same here. No scratches and no peeling paint.
Make that X3; the Blue Beacons we have used don't have automatic brushes, just pressure washers.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:20 AM   #11
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Make that X3; the Blue Beacons we have used don't have automatic brushes, just pressure washers.
X4. I use them every time when returning home from a trip, as there is one 5 miles from home just across from a PFJ, where I fuel up and dump tanks.

I ask them to be careful of my aging graphics, and they always do an excellent job. Based on my experience with the local one, I would not hesitate to recommend Blue Beacons to anyone.
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We don't do it that often, maybe once or twice a year, but we've never had any problem using a Blue Beacon or other local truck wash.

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We have used the Blue Beacon Truck Washes twice and been satisfied both times with their service. When the guys were done I was walked around the coach and asked if everything was satisfactory.

We prefer to wash it ourselves but being full-timers, that's not always possible. We will usually only take it to the truck wash if there is no foreseeable way that we will be able to wash it ourselves.

Where the height of your coach is concerned most tractor-trailers on the road today are 13' 6" high, so your 13' clearance should not be a problem.
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Many, myself included, have used Blue Beacon truck wash with no problem.

There are some special precautions, like the angle of the wand when working near slide out seals, that you must follow with RV's. Blue Beacon seems to train their folks on this.

NOT all (I suspect) do, but BB has gotten good reviews in this.

I have also used one non-BB wash, and again had good results.

Another option: Many campgrounds have "On-site" RV-wash companies on call. Where I will be at next week,, IT's the manager's weekend job.
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