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Old 02-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Anyone get their MH washed while on the road? I would be concerned about a truck wash on my MH. But after a month or so on the road and rain it sure does start looking bad. Not talking about one of the spray places that you do.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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I have used Blue Beacon Truck Wash while on the road. I do carry a Mr. Clean car wash sprayer and brush that I use but sometimes I get lazy. Blue beacon charges about $40. and they do a good job. It's a drip dry using de ionized water.



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We just escaped from Canada, and arrived safely in California. By the time we got to Washington state, our coach and toad were road salt brown. You could not tell what color either of them were supposed to be, and you could not tell that the toad had windows.

We stopped at one of the highway truck washes. They did a beautiful job! The coach has never looked so good! What I liked is that they thoroughly washed the roof.

They took one look at all the road salt and told me that I needed the acid wash. They said it was to neutralize the salt. So I let them do it.

Complete wash job, coach and toad, with acid wash, wax and rinse with deionized water cost $70.00. It took about 1/2 hour after they got us in. Total time stopped: 1 hour.

I wasn't concerned about them damaging the paint. They used big water hoses, with extreme high volume, but not high pressure, and they kept the water nozzles several feet away from the coach. Boy, if your coach had a leak somewhere, they'd sure find it.

I'm going to have our coach washed more often this way. Standard wash and wax for the coach is $45.00. That takes me most of a day, and it's not as good a job.
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I use Blue Beacon here in Vegas and they do a good job... $1 a foot and your not going to believe this... open 24/7!!!!
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What will the "acid" wash do to your wax?
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Well, I'm basing this on the assumption that the acid neutralizes the salt on the vehicle. Road salt will destroy a vehicle. It eats through paint, it grabs onto metal and starts the rusting process. In Canada, road salt can destroy a brand new car in less than 5 years.

I think that the acid wash destroys any wax that's on the vehicle. That's why you have to pay to have the vehicle waxed after the wash.

I also think that if you have not driven through roads that have been heavily salted, then you should refuse the acid wash.
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Blue Beacon seems to be a decent deal...have never personally used them, but read many on the forums that do. You can also try the old "bucket and brush" method. That's what we usually do at the campgrounds and it works well enough to get the grime off (If you want to read about it, I wrote about it here Washing the RV – How the Beast gets Gleaming Clean | Wheeling It)

The last idea is to ask your local campground if there's someone that comes out to do RV washing. We've seen Mobile RV washers at several campgrounds and if they have a good reputation w/ the campground, they'll do a good job.
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I have Blue Beacon here locally.. On a nice day after a rainfall there could be 10 to 20 trucks lined up for a wash..But I do use them when from time to time and the quality
of the wash and the time it takes, when not busy, suit me and my wallet
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We have an account with Blue Beacon for our trucks. They do very good work. I don't have the link with me now, but if you search on "truck poi" you will find several data bases that you can import into your mapping software. Blue Beacon truck washes is one of them, as well as T/A, Pilot and others..
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I don't have any one ever wash the coach with power equipment it gets water where it don't belong, acid and such IMO not to good, unless you have a bus conv remember it's made of fiberglass over wood with calking to seal the joints. It's hand wash or nothing for me. Usually wash it myself, I have found most private C/g's don't mind if you ask first, some even have wash areas.
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I have used the Truck washes a few times with no sign of paint damage. I get it washed by hand when the price is reasonable.
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We just escaped from Canada, and arrived safely in California. By the time we got to Washington state, our coach and toad were road salt brown. You could not tell what color either of them were supposed to be, and you could not tell that the toad had windows.

We stopped at one of the highway truck washes. They did a beautiful job! The coach has never looked so good! What I liked is that they thoroughly washed the roof.

They took one look at all the road salt and told me that I needed the acid wash. They said it was to neutralize the salt. So I let them do it.

Complete wash job, coach and toad, with acid wash, wax and rinse with deionized water cost $70.00. It took about 1/2 hour after they got us in. Total time stopped: 1 hour.

I wasn't concerned about them damaging the paint. They used big water hoses, with extreme high volume, but not high pressure, and they kept the water nozzles several feet away from the coach. Boy, if your coach had a leak somewhere, they'd sure find it.

I'm going to have our coach washed more often this way. Standard wash and wax for the coach is $45.00. That takes me most of a day, and it's not as good a job.
Be careful with any acid wash. It can be done, but it needs to be neutralized within several minutes. The acid will eventually etch all of your glass, chrome, & any aluminum trim on the RV. Almost any truck wash for road trucks, will remove most any wax on anything.

Be Careful!
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