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Old 04-08-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Truck washes?

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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Old 04-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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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.
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We have used Blue Beacon several times while traveling to wash our coach. Never any issues. I just do not let them use the wheel brightner on the wheels.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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Streakin Beacin! Insist on a thorough rinse.
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Boy, I don't know. I don't believe I would try it. A hand wash place would be OK because you could be careful where you directed the water.
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We had the Jayco fiver washed only at the blue beacon for 14 years. No problems whatsoever, even with the Norcold. Same for the Newmar, it has been through a blue beacon about five times now. I do tell then to stay away from the fridge area, water heater and furnace exhaust. They even do the undercarriage for $5 extra and have jets in the floor. I always get the rainex treatment also. Coach about $50 and the coach toad and trailer about $75 in round numbers. It is totally touch less, you don't want nobody touching your full body paint with a brush as it will leave swirl marks. A great touch less wash and it is Kansas owned, and Kansas strong. They are nation wide and in Canada also. I never hand wash my semi trucks or RVs as life is just to short.
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Boy, I don't know. I don't believe I would try it. A hand wash place would be OK because you could be careful where you directed the water.
I have even let the beacon wash my corvette, I would not let anybody hand wash it, except me which I only use clean micro fiber cloths and I power wash all loose dirt off first. Hand washing a dirty vehicle is like rubbing sand paper on it. Same with a brush. The blue beacon is as good as anybody out there. If you don't have to wait on line you are in and out in less then half a hour. They are open 24/7/365.
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Use Blue Beacon on new airstream. No problems. Just don't have the citric acid rinse they try to sell on the aluminum. If you can find a "hand wash" Blue Beacon that's even better. Not a true hand wash, but power spray is totally by hand.
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We don't have any "Blue Beacon"'s around here. Sounds like it is a good place to go.
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We've done Blue Beacon too..easy, efficient and gets the dirt off. We'd use them again.
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So from the posts, if you have a travel trailer (Keystone Cougar X-lite 21rbs) and I live on east coast I have to wash the TT myself???
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Thanks for all the info. Sounds like they do a decent job and according to their website they do RV's with power washers only and run by a person not a machine. Can't beat the price either. Found one in Dade City Florida, could hit that one on my way home next trip.

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I wouldn't let anything or anyone near my MH with a pressure washer. I also wouldn't let them near my refrigerator , WH or furnace vents with a hose.
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We don't have any "Blue Beacon"'s around here. Sounds like it is a good place to go.
There's an App for that. Seriously, there is a Blue Beacon iPhone App that shows closest locations, number of lanes, nearby landmarks ("Next to Flying J") etc. Like previous posters, I've had my MH and car washed at BB for 3 years with no problems.
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