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Old 05-18-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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Washing your RV while traveling

I like keeping my RV clean. When you arr traveling how do you accomplish that? I've seen "truck" car washes and wonder if that is a good way to having the coach washed.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:14 PM   #2
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Blue Beacon is a nationwide truck wash that is commonly used. Their website and app provide location details. Other truck washes will provide for RV's as well.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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Just watch your ref access door. When I had the nevercold I would turn off ref and cover inside of cover with aluminum foil.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #4
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I used a truck wash once. Never again.

Took out my refrigerator for 24 hours. They use some very high pressure hoses to blast the dirt off...and work it's way into your seams.

Some of them also use a very strong cleaning agent that's great for tractor trailers but not the nice paint jobs on motorhomes.

I use a bucket of water and do a sponge bath on mine as we travel. Good exercise after driving all day.

Some campgrounds will let you wash your rig but they are far and few in between.

There are also campgrounds that have a washing area but, again, they are rare.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:00 AM   #5
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I wash mine as we go. Often, campgrounds will let you wash if you pay a fee....usually $10.00. We did a six week trip from L.A. to Washington D.C. Several campgrounds along the way, especially back east where water isn't an issue, allow you to wash.

On the way home, our last stop for the night, there was a crew in the campground washing two other coaches. They washed mine for $40.00 and did the tires. It looked great for the last leg of the trip.

I also use a spray on, wipe off wax that cleans without water. Works well if the coach isn't really dirty.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:41 AM   #6
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Many campgrounds allow you to wash your coach. I use a bucket, a lambs wool MIT on an extension pole, McGuire car wash, and a simple hose. For the windshield I need my ladder and use 0000 steel wool followed up by a glass cleaner and finally Rainx.
I do not use a power sprayer. I think the lambs wool does a better job and is safer for the coach.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:55 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Skipper Tom View Post
I like keeping my RV clean. When you arr traveling how do you accomplish that? I've seen "truck" car washes and wonder if that is a good way to having the coach washed.
I've never gotten mine covered in mud - usually just the typical road grime, dust, etc... So, I just use a bucket and a couple towels to give her a spit bath (when on the road). I've tried a few different 'sponge on a stick' type products and nothing seems to work as well as a ladder, wet rag in one hand, and a microfiber towel in the other. I regularly rinse the wet rag in a bucket of plain water. Obviously, this takes some effort but goes fairly quickly (on my 34') - probably 15 minutes or so. My rig is pretty old so keeping her clean and shiny goes a long ways towards hiding her age (at least to my eye).
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I use several types of Dry Wash & Wax's and Spray Detailers. Of course if its muddy (not yet) I would go to a self serv Car wash.
I also like driving a clean vehicle seems to ride better
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Blue Beacon for us. Or most campgrounds have a friend that washes in the park. Generally won't let us do it ourselves but will let their buddy. Ha
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X3 for the bucket of hot water & mitts for a spit bath.

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Hi Skipper Tom,
When traveling, the sun, moon and stars need to line up before the coach gets cleaned. The weather in route and where I am going is usually the deciding factor. The CGs we stay at usually have a professional company that will wash, wax and detail the coach. When at based camp I do this myself. However, when on the road, I have better things to do with my time.
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Sometimes I treat ourselves to a mobile wash and detail team. They will even do the inside of the slides if they are out. It's sort of expensive but hey, life is short.

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If its not to dirty I use the Swiffer floor cleaner pads, not the wet jet. Then follow up with a wet towel on the Swiffer head to remove any streaks. I have also used this on the bottom side of the awning to remove dust and dirt. I use both sides of the pad and it usually takes about 4 to 5 pads. I haven't noticed and problems with paint or graphics I do keep wax on the MH.
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I would never use one of the truck washes and am just too cheap to pay the mobile washing services! I just let mine go until I get home!

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