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Old 06-17-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Just curious, have you taken your RV through a highway truck wash such as blue beacon? If so, is it worth the stop and what is the protocal? I'm normally a "do it yourselfer", but it's getting hot here in east TN and they gave me a free coupon when I bought the Berk.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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Just curious, have you taken your RV through a highway truck wash such as blue beacon? If so, is it worth the stop and what is the protocal? I'm normally a "do it yourselfer", but it's getting hot here in east TN and they gave me a free coupon when I bought the Berk.
I've done 18 wheelers on several occasions. Blue Beacon does an outstanding job and used to charge $35; that's probably up by now.

I'd park in an open location at the TS and go talk to them first. Then just get in line and wait.

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Old 06-17-2014, 08:12 PM   #3
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I use blue beacon all the time and am a believer for the money. Typically it's $45 for the wash plus wax. I'm usually out the door with rv wash, wax and dingy wash for less than 70 bucks. Just pull around and wait in line. They'll come ask what you want our open the doors and you can drive in. They're web site should show their local prices.

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Old 06-18-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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I have used them before with good results. I pulled in and they gave me some options and I told them what I wanted. I went inside while several fellas went to work spraying and washing. Several minutes later the 5er came out looking great.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:13 AM   #5
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I've seen them blow the paint right off my trucks. Starts with a little rock chip then they hit it with point blank high pressure. Don't own the trucks so not much of a concern but I'll wash my own, thanks.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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I've seen them blow the paint right off my trucks. Starts with a little rock chip then they hit it with point blank high pressure. Don't own the trucks so not much of a concern but I'll wash my own, thanks.
The paint on my camper doesn't seem to be automotive quality- I have the same concern that they'd just lift it (or the decals) off.

If they could wash it but not use power washers, I might consider it.
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I have used them twice both times to get the salt off the rig in the way to FL. They do a good job but I always end up with water inside from the pressure washer. I would ask the next time I use them to watch the slide seals. The best thing is to leave earlier in the year and avoid the salt altogether.



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Old 06-18-2014, 06:14 PM   #8
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According to the technician that changed the section of Diamond Shield on the front of my Berkshire he told me NEVER to use a power washer on the front of a coach that has the Diamond Shield fillm. He said it can crack the film and have it start to peel off. I would be reluctant to have anyone power wash the coach. If Blue Beacon can wash the coach without power washing I might consider having them wash it.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:04 PM   #9
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Wait until they hit your windows with aluminum brightener. You won't know until later when driving into the sun.
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All caps here ..... no brightener ever!!!!!!!!! Would you wash anything with acid no matter how diluted?
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All caps here ..... no brightener ever!!!!!!!!! Would you wash anything with acid no matter how diluted?
Trouble is it comes from the same wash wand with a lever valve to control the brightener. One slip and you get it or they forget.Most of them can't speak English. And I don't speak Spanish or Ebonics.
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With all the computer gizmos people carry, you should be able to find a car wash somewhat easily. Google perhaps?
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We have one 5 min from our house. We have used them twice this year alone. We just do wash only and then take it home and buff and wax ourselves. We tell them to try to stay away from the window caulking (hadn't thought about slide seals). Haven't had a problem other than it can be a long wait depending on how many trucks are ahead of you. To me it saves my back and a lot if time if I time it right. I will be doing it that way from now on.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:44 AM   #14
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I use blue beacon all the time and like the service. I normally get cleaned up after every outing, which is about once a month during camping season. Saves time and keep my unit clean. They normally ask if it's ok to but the brush on it etc. I've been asked if it was my unit or delivery before doing anything. I pay between $24 and $27 for the wash, and normally get the wax and or rain x. There are not many options for me and there are no car washes big enough for me to do it myself.
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