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Old 11-13-2018, 04:31 PM   #1
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Truck Washes, should I?

Hey gang. I picked up my new travel trailer last weekend and towed it the 450 miles home. The roads were a little wet and had been salted so now I have salt all underneath my unit, as well as in the siding.

I obviously donít want to store it and put it up for the winter like that but given the temperatures here, washing it myself isnít an option either since my hoses are frozen.

I thought about taking it to one of the semi truck washes and wanted to get your guys thoughts on it. Yea or no?
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:36 PM   #2
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If you are talking about rotating "mops" I would avoid it for your hardware on the roof. If you are talking about the higher bays are the regular car wash, sure. Bring a ladder if you are worried about the top. Personally, I wouldn't spray a lot against the faring for the AC. Also, I would not get the sprayer too close to the foam-type insulation...
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:52 PM   #3
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I've seen Class A & C's in line at 'em. I wouldn't myself tho.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
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I personally wouldn't wash my MH at large semi-truck wash (i.e.; Blue Beacon) if I owned one....., never know the condition of the water they are using and the quality of the attendants. The owner-operator truckers tend to know where the good Blue Beacon locations are.

I would find a local DIY manual high pressure wash that has a high bay that will accommodate your TT, I've used them with great results. Also, I'm careful with the high water pressure on the underbelly material.

Of course I'm a little fussy when it comes to washing/waxing my rigs, especially the decals.

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Old 11-14-2018, 05:10 AM   #5
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Believe I would tow the unit in a good rain rather than use a high pressure system on it. Just me tho.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:04 AM   #6
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Your hoses are frozen? Thaw them out, hook up to your house spigot and rinse off the camper.

It's that easy.
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I drove a school bus for years and every time they brought a bus back from a truck wash it was missing pieces - donít do it!
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:24 PM   #8
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When I went to Blue Beacons website it said that they wash RV's by hand and do not put them through the machine. I have never actually been to one though.
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Most of the Blue Beacons don't have machines. They are still done my pressure wands and brushes. I used to drive full time and yes there are some of the "Streakin' Beacons" you want to avoid. I do not let them use any brighteners on any of my polished wheels or finishes as most of the time it dulls the finish.
I have a local owned truck wash here that I have used in the past with both of my fifth wheels and also my enclosed car hauler with outstanding results. Most of them charge depending on the size of the rig. I will continue to use the local truck wash until we move. I use them maybe twice a year and the rest of the time I use my own pressure washer. Just nice to get the rig waxed and polished without having to use up my entire weekend!!!
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I ended up using a Blue Beacon. It was washed by broad fan pressure washers and brushes. I told them the unit was pretty clean and just needed the salt knocked off. I canít speak to any water gettin in or if, but so far so good. It cost me about $28.
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