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Old 10-10-2014, 11:05 PM   #1
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Question Truck Washes?

Has anyone used a truck wash like Blue Beacon to was their coach?

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Old 10-10-2014, 11:09 PM   #2
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Had a horrible experience at a Blue Beacon in Texas last year.
Great guys working at Little Sisters in Barstow.
Think I will stick with the guys that come through the CG and offer their service, seem to be a few $ more but a way better job.

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Old 10-10-2014, 11:12 PM   #3
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Have used BB a few times. Also another at the Lost Hills off I5 north of Bakersfield, CA. All positive experiences. Use them whenever I am going their way.
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:08 AM   #4
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I used Blue Beacon once, then went home and rewashed the coach.. They left a film of dirt on it. Now i just do it myself.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:16 AM   #5
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I don't trust the truck washes!
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:26 AM   #6
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Little Sister's in Thousand Palms, CA. Wash and dry motorhome and toad, great job, been using them 2-3 times a year since 2011. As far as trust, I watch them the whole time (sometimes), the crew is careful and thorough.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:32 AM   #7
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Used BB one time and it was just OK. Prefer doing it myself but some CGs frown upon it. After returning to the sticks and bricks house it's me.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:52 AM   #8
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No Blue Beacon near us. I use a mom & pop truck wash near us, for $50. they do a great job. They have four guys working for them and there are most always several truck in line. I call to see how many in line and have them call me back when it's slow. Last time I had to wait about 30 minutes for them to finish up a semi. They use a non petroleum non citrus bio degradable solvent. Once I forgot and left a roof vent open, what a mess on the inside. Vents have covers over them, guess they could not see they were open. Took awhile to clean it all up and dry it out.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:07 AM   #9
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We've used BB a few times, some people are very fussy. After a long pull in dirty weather, especially winter weather, we are glad to get most of the filth off the coach, not looking for a detailing job. For the $40 it cost to wash a 42 foot coach and a Suburban I had no complaints. They are also pretty fast.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:33 AM   #10
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Thanks for the replies! I'm much more concerned about possible damage to the coach than them doing an excellent cleaning job. Getting all the bugs and most of the road grime is what I'm after.
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We've used Blue Beacon several times and they're OK. We like the Royal Truck Wash at Lost Hills, CA, just west of I-5 on CA-46. They also do lube jobs. I pulled out of the wash, circled around to the lube bay and asked then to lube the drive shaft u-joints. He did it for no-charge but I tipped him a few bucks.

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Old 10-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #12
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Not looking for a detailed wash, but getting the coach reasonably clean, the BB and most other truck washes are fine. I've used them for years for my trucks, and at the end of each trip with the coach. If I plan to do a wax job, they give me a head start on getting the heavy stuff off first. As far as complaints that they've left streaks, yes they will if all the soap doesn't come off during the rinse, and unfortunately that's most of the time. I get around that by having the wet wax applied also. Expect to redo the glass by hand after the wash job. Would I recommend them? Yes, saves you time in most cases. Also you can get the engine washed with no extra charged.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:03 AM   #13
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I used Blue Beacon in Brunswick, GA.

They do a great job and price is right. They even do my car.

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Old 10-12-2014, 02:50 PM   #14
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We recently used BB and they did a great job. The coach was dirty from many summer trips and several weeks on ocean front campgrounds. After we came out of the wash the coach returned to the pre travel shine from waxing it!

My only suggestion would be to let it drip dry for a while after is wash to allow any of water caught in the crevices to dry out. Maybe hVe lunch or dinner while waiting.

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