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Old 05-15-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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Dually Truck / Car Wash Question

Can I take the dually thru an automated car wash? Not one that has tracks but one you drive into then the car wash arms move around the vehicle. I just took the car thru.

There might even be a laser that looks at the dimensions. While I was there a person took his long bed SRW truck thru on one of the other bays. That is what triggered the question. Can I take my dually thru?

Fyi - I had the dually outside in pollen heavy Florida winter. There is that yellow/green pollen all over the dually.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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I've been keeping my eyes peeled for years and have yet to find one, even at the wand wash place it already costs me $15 to do a good job. There are a few facilities with 'roller brushes' for Highway trucks but I would be very concerned about getting the paint scratched up.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:45 AM   #3
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I did go thru one of the touchless car washes. It worked out fine. Just didn't clean it very well. Never had the guts to try the roller type. Has signs "no duallys".
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Haven't found one either. It's a roll of quarters and the wand for me.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:43 PM   #5
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I have used the wand already and that does an ok job at best. I am not sure I can carry all the quarters to do a good job. As any dually owner knows the roof and middle of the hood close to the windshield is just about impossible to reach. Any bug spats in the middle of the windshield stay there until I make a focused effort with step ladder and extension on my brush to get to them. Then my shirt is soaked from leaning on the wet hood/fender.

glennwest - was the 'No Dually' sign on the brush-less wash or the roller wash or both?

Here - I did not see any 'no dually' signs. I will look again tomorrow.
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Most I have seen state no dually. We take wife's Impala thru often. The Touchless was a waste of money. If one is just dusty maybe. Not room for hips and my mirrors don't fold either.
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I can take my dually thru a touchless car wash in Burleson that locates the truck via a rail system--if off to the non-rail side too far, the mirror will stop the overhead washer. I can take it thru a similar on in Willis, TX, that is also touchless and it clears everything easily.
I have a grille guard on it also, and it will fit lengthwise if I stop when it tells me to.
You can easily try it--should not hit anything but the mirrors, so tuck them in. Don't think anything will hit the fenders if you are next to the guiding rail.
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I have taken my dually through a roller brush automatic car was in Uvalde, TX with no problems.
As long as they don't state no dually's and it is wide enough it should be fine.
If you are still concerned call the number at the car wash and ask.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:29 AM   #9
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It's best to go to a "quarter car wash" and start with the scrub brush. When I see the digital clock clicking down, you'd be proud to see an old man wash so fast.

And I finish with the strong stream of rinse water. Total cost: $2.50-$3.00 in quarters.

Virtually every old gas station in our area has been turned into a hand wash operation. And they do a very good job for $15 or so.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:28 AM   #10
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I do take it to the hand held high pressure wand car washes. But the roof and even the hood and especially the middle of the truck's outside gets the least pressure and the least clean. The truck spends winters in the Florida pollen. It is continual pollen falling on a white truck. It rains and then the sun comes out so the pollen gets caked on.

This winter was odd and I had to come back north for a month...the truck stayed in Florida neglected with pollen and rain and sun actually for 36 days.

When I got back to Florida I immediately washed the truck.

I carry a short 3 step step ladder to help gain hight and angle with the wand. But like I said the roof and hood are still hard to clean.

I probably will not run it thru any car wash but pay much more to have it hand washed at the fancier places.
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Touchless car washes are really hard on the paint, it takes some mighty powerful solvent to remove dirt without touching it. I go to the hand wash places later at night and carry my own bucket and sponge, never had a problem.
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all of our vehicals are washed at home in the yard. Most of the CGs we have visited in the south allow you to wash the truck /camper at your site. So I have never considered taking my truck to a car wash.
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I wouldn't even think about taking my truck to a car wash, I am way too picky on clean vehicles. I clean my wife's car and my truck all by hand. Both vehicles are black and after I dry them I go over them with an air hose. I hate when water runs out of the crevices and leaves a streak. I then go over them with Griot's Speed Shine. Same with my toy hauler, It's washed before very trip whether it needs it or not. My wife thinks I'm insane, maybe she's right, but I like clean vehicles.
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Why not go to Blue Beacon? They will do a dually.
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