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Old 09-22-2010, 04:38 PM   #11
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Check out this one for $139.99.

Karcher is a great product. I bought a gas powered 9 years ago. No problens. It's got a 13hp Honda engine, 3600 PSI capability, 4 GPM.

I usually wash vehicles at 120 psi.
I stopped by Wal Mart and they had the same unit for $129.99. They also had a good selection of attachments.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:41 PM   #12
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For the trailer I use the wand recommended for vehicles. There is only an on/off switch on the washer so it is all or none. The wand end can be turned to lower the pressure if needed and to use when drawing cleaning solution out of a bottle to spray on a vehicle. When rinsing I have it on full force but it isn't as powerful as a commercial car wash would be.

I might look into the right angle attachment for the tanks. Right now I have a wand that attaches on the end of a garden hose that you stick down through the toilet. It works ok. I have dumping facilities at home so I clean the tanks there real good after a trip.
Is there a pressure gauge on the unit and a pressure regulator adjustment like there is on a air compressor?
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #13
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Is there a pressure gauge on the unit and a pressure regulator adjustment like there is on a air compressor?
Nope. Nothing at all. It is all or none, but it is a $100 unit so that doesn't surprise me.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #14
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Don't have a Karcher (sp?) but the reduced pressure is probably an advantage for this use. My neighbor took the paint right off his Silverado with his pressure washer!! Caution is advised.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:06 PM   #15
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i read the section in my manuel that said don't pressure wash and didn't for years. (really didn't know why not).
one day i was in a hurry and put a relative wide nozzle on the pressure washer and washed. i have a few nicks on my decals now. the trailer was 6 years old at the time (i had purchaced it new). sense mine is exposed to the sun constaintly, i believe that and its age were contributing factors. i was using the 3 rd tip down and stayed at least a foot away. this normally doesn't produce enough pressure at point of contact to do a good job of removing dirt. the number 1 nozzle and 4 to 6 inches from the surface, i use to strip the paint off my house (2600# nozzle pressure), the wider the angle, the less the pressure at point of contact.

because i haven't had a good experience with the pressure washer, i don't recomend it. i'll stick with the brush and water. i really have better results with the brush anyway.
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