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Old 01-27-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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Where do you wash your RV when washing it at home isn't an option (people living in HOAs know what I'm talking about)? I'm especially interested in getting the undercarriage clean due to winter driving on salted roads.

I'm guessing (hoping) truck washes are an option but have no knowledge about those.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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Good question, I'm interested in the answer as well!
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i think most big truck stops have a place to wash 18 wheelers. so rv would be no problem. maybe a flying j gas station i heard something abt them on this subject.
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When we were fulltimers, I would wash a couple of times a year at an RV park that allowed rig washing. I've had it done I think twice by a vendor the park allowed in for washing.
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Blue Beacon truck wash centers. you can find locations on their site.
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You might find a self service wash that will accommodate your size rig. Some have a pad that is not inside a building for that purpose.
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found a truck washing facility in Palm Springs CA they charge $1.50 per foot and $1.00 on Fridays

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we were just driving our car down I75 Southand saw a truck wash right nxt
to Flying J. but this Truck wash was not connected to Flying J so we pull off I75 just to ck it out and they will wash MH any size $45 to $50 and they were washing a big rig truck and said they will do under and all. The truck driver said they did a good job. he said some don't do so good.
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I had mine washed at blue beacon in Knoxville TN yesterday. I don't think I will do it again. I can say it is cleaner than it was but by no means what I would call clean. For 50 bucks I expected more than a slightly cleaner coach. They only used high pressure wands and no brushes.
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I had mine washed at blue beacon in Knoxville TN yesterday. I don't think I will do it again. I can say it is cleaner than it was but by no means what I would call clean. For 50 bucks I expected more than a slightly cleaner coach. They only used high pressure wands and no brushes.
Well I can't say they would all be the same but the one at the SanAtonio exit here in FL did an excellent job on ours. Our coach was never that dirty from the drive down from MI. For $52.00 they washed the coach, car and my bicycle and I was in there less then 15 minutes tops. They didn't touch the coach with any brushes either just a cleaner and then sprayed it off. I only wish I had taken a before and after picture. I'm in impressed and for sure would use them again.
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I use truck washes when traveling. Usually under $50 and much cheaper than having it washed at most RV shops. Sometimes they do a better job than I do, some times not quite as good, but for $50 it is an acceptable job.
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If you have a Norcold fridge with the recall 3"x3" box fitted, then be careful not to get this box wet when using a truck wash. You may end up learning about "the dreaded red light" because your fridge may stop working until you learn about the now famous "magnet trick".
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Where do you wash your RV when washing it at home isn't an option (people living in HOAs know what I'm talking about)? I'm especially interested in getting the undercarriage clean due to winter driving on salted roads.

I'm guessing (hoping) truck washes are an option but have no knowledge about those.

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I have a portable pump that enables me to wash anywhere and draw water from any source. When I had big rigs, I carried a small pressure washer to get the crud off underneath, I can draw water from my tanks, or from any body of water. I have washed in roadside stops, parking lots or about anyplace I can stop and get away from traffic. Generally I put water and washing liguid in a bucket and use a soft wash brush, then rinse with the hose or PW. One really does not need a lot of water to rinse only. I measured the flow with my flow meter once just to see how much I consumed. Can't recall the amount but it was not all that much but water useage obviously depends on the coach size

I do this often before I go into a campground that does not allow washing.

I have stayed at campgrounds with a wash bay where one pays for time on the sprayer.

Some self wash bays will accept big rigs also, have used those many times and I have had portable wash services where a guy comes around with his own water and does the job, however I prefer to do my own washing or at least my own finish job.

At home I can wash outside or in my RV garage,

I have used truck wash facilities also. One north of Tucson AZ did a super job, there were at least 10 people cleaning and wiping it dry. I usually give generous tip with so many people doing a good job. It looked to me that the folks doing that needed additional financial support.

So to answer the OP, figure out a way to wash from your tank or any water source and wash wherever you can park and do it.

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