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Old 09-29-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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So how many of you have used a Motorhome / Truck Wash like Blue Beacon ?

We stopped by our first earlier in the year in Elkton, Maryland. Needless to say I was very disappointed in my results. They basically hosed of the RV for $45+

Is that the norm? What is your experiences? We are headed to Atlanta (from New Jersey) this week and was thinking of giving another RV wash a try. Anyone have any recommendations along the I-81 corridor?

Thanks for your input.
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I don't like it because it's all high pressure. I prefer hand wash low pressure only.
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Good to know.

What do "full timers" do when on the road for months at a time since most campgrounds do not allow washing?
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Been using truck washes for about 10 years now. Some do a better job than others just like car washes.
We are full timers.
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Good to know. What do "full timers" do when on the road for months at a time since most campgrounds do not allow washing?
We use blue Beacon all the time. The secret is to find the team leader and slip him 5 bucks up front. Tell him to use soft brushes, not to spray the fridge vents etc. They do a good job, obviously not up to a hand wash and wax but it certainly brightens up the rig.
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I don't stay in many campground because we are full time volunteers but in one we stayed at had a sign "no RV washing', so we asked and for an extra $20 they let me wash the 5er we had at the time. So maybe just ask and they may let you do your own thing.
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We tried one a few years ago off the interstate in Virginia. It was basically the same as your experience. They hosed it off and sent me on my way. I suppose it is better than nothing but I have since just took the time and energy to find a high/outside bay that employs a brush and rinse to do it my own. Still costs 20 to 30 dollars and a lot of switching from rinse to wash but it can do a great job if you have the inclination, health, and stamina to do it. We don't full time but we are both retired and do go for extended periods. I much prefer washing it in my own driveway when possible.
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We use blue Beacon all the time. The secret is to find the team leader and slip him 5 bucks up front. Tell him to use soft brushes, not to spray the fridge vents etc. They do a good job, obviously not up to a hand wash and wax but it certainly brightens up the rig.
We use Blue Beacon several times a season. We usually pay extra to get the RainX treatment. Sometimes the results are better than others, but it's always cleaner than when we came in. If you're looking for perfection when washing a 40 foot vehicle, you'll have to do it yourself. Since I have no interest in doing that, Blue Beacon isn't all that bad IMHO.
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I use a high bay manual car wash. Some have walkways along the side to help you get higher portions of the coach. A bit of work but gets it done. Once a year or so I hire a day worker to clean the roof and wash/wax the whole coach.
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Been using Washwax.com for a few years. Dry wash keeps the coach beautiful. No addition waxing necessary. Can do the entire coach in 1 1/2 hrs. Use the regular and the degreaser for roof and wheels. Check out the starter kit. The pole and pads is an excellent system.
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For only $45, I wouldn't be upset with any wash that at least rinsed the grime off! I've seen places around us charge upwards of $400 to properly wash a 40' rig.

I'll also agree with the previous poster about avoiding high pressure washers - I've seen some rather badly damaged paint from those stupid things...
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