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Old 04-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #15
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How much does it cost for one of these washes?
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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Prices from their website at www.bluebeacon.com

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Effective November 1, 2011
Pickup/ Camper Trailer
Pickup/Van$14.00
Camper Trailer$24.50
Motor Homes / Buses
Motor Home- Up to 30' $28.00
Motor Home/Coach - Over 30' $35.00
Motor Home - St Truck Single Axle $34.00
Motor Home - St Truck Double Axle $37.00
Passenger Bus / Tour Bus $36.00

Paint Protectant$6.00
$12.00

Aluminum Cleaner or Brightener (Only at Customer Request)citrushine™ BrightenerAluminum Wheels$1.00No ChargeAluminum Tanks$2.00No Charge
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:28 AM   #17
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We got back from a six day trip to FDR state park in Georgia. The TT was due for a bath and covered with pine pollen. Took about 3hrs to wash it all down, including the roof. Has anyone ever tried to run their TT and TV through one of those tractor trailer truck wash places? Are they touchless? Is this a massively bad idea? How often do you do a full wash down?

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I have had bad luck with using high pressure washer systems. I always just use the wash brushes and elbow grease. About 3 times a year I hand wax the who,e trailer and wash the roof.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:19 AM   #18
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So now that the trailer is clean, what is recommended for waxing? Spray on type? My TT has smooth fiberglass sides with decals.

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That just sounds like trouble , the least/ most of which is the recall box on the Norcold if you have one being tripped by the water intrusion.
See post # 45.
Dreaded Red Light on Norcold recall Box
Two more recent reports of Norcold's recall box's being shut down by Truck Washes.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:37 AM   #20
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I used a truck wash once on my motorhome. After the wash my steps failed to come out and one of my Power Gear Electric jacks stopped working. The step eventually started working but I had to replace the motor brake on the jack as it had rusted.

I don't totally blame the truck wash as I know the rusting motor brake on the leveling jacks is a well documented issue but spraying high pressure water on the undercarriage is something I will avoid in the future.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #21
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2nd on the blue beacon. I visited there yesterday after a 8 hr round trip pull. Was great for getting of the bugs stuck to the front cap. The wash is decent not the best but it sure is quick and less time than doing it by hand....
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #22
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I have used Blue Beacon a number of times. When you are on the road and the rig is filthy it is better than nothing. However, each time I use Blue Beacon there are drips down the sides that dry into little streams of water stains made up of the recycled water that BB uses. These can etch your paint if left there too long, and require polishing to remove. You can avoid this by quickly hand drying the coach, but that is not easy to do on a quick road stop. I use BB sparingly when needed, but I prefer to look for a true hand wash.
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Where are they located? Larger truck stops off highways?
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:03 AM   #24
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I always believe that hand wahsing gets the job done a whole lot better. Sure it takes more time but the end product is much nicer. Plus I would not want anything to damage the rubber roof.
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There must be a market for the RV wash places there is now one located on the old Highway in Campbell River, BC. Its located right by the 'Big Rock' at the Husky Station.

If you frequent Campbell river you will know the Big Rock.
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I've only used (2X) the hand-wash truck places. High-pressure washes are very hard on decals, they use a harsh solvent in the spray to remove thousands of miles of baked-on bugs and road oils. We have too much invested to make it appear to be 20 years old in 5 years. Even the hand-wash removed all the wax from the rig. Keep in mind virtually all semi-trailers are simply sealed aluminum, the driver might only own the tractor, he isn't concerned about trailer looks.
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