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Old 09-29-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Washing at Truck Wash? Recommended or Not?

Anybody have any recommendations on using a truck wash or similar for their motorhome? Just got mine and I am wondering what the best practices are for washing! Thanks!

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Old 09-29-2016, 10:01 AM   #2
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I used a Blue Beacon once. They blew water through my window seal and I won't use them again unless desperate. That was a cross country trip and I did happen to be desperate. I usually wash it myself.

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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I have used Blue Beacon on several occasions for our 5er with good luck. I plan on visiting this weekend for a was actually.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:17 PM   #4
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I have used Blue Beacon in the past with mixed results. Last time they used the pressure wand too close and blew off some paint. Cost $1500 to have it fixed. Tell them to spray from at least 12" so as not to destroy your paint or decals. They did NOT accept responsibility for what they did to my paint. My 5th wheel is full paint, no decals.

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Old 09-30-2016, 12:25 PM   #5
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Used blue beacon on TT.. blew some decals off on the front. Reported it and it went to corporate. Response came back 'per our policy......' Well, they didn't have those policies posted anywhere for the customer to see!!!! I challenged that point with them and they finally resolved to refund my money,... OTHERWISE, a great wash.
and they have (or at least at the Ann Arbor location) a number of cameras. That footage went to corporate when i initially filed the complaint at the location. Local isn't able to do any adjustments.. so. buyer beware!
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:47 PM   #6
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We use this stuff: Aircraft RV Cleaner Waterless Wash Wax Detailing Products Supplies

Saw it demo'ed at the Goshen FROG Rally 2 years ago, bought the kit at the rally and have never regretted it.

Takes me @ 45 min to completely do our Coach (1st time will take longer but once the polymer coating builds up it goes quicker). After 1-2 applications bugs will hardly stick to your front cap
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:09 PM   #7
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I have used Blue Beacon for years, i just ask them to be careful with their high pressure wands. I am not washing my 5er by hand it is to large
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Old 09-30-2016, 02:37 PM   #8
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Blue Beacon and GREAT Product

We have a '14 390RB Berkshire and have traveled through many bug-infested states over the last two years--like many of you have as well. I have used Blue Beacon in any number of states with excellent results. Maybe 10 times total. BUT, whatever you do, tell the attending manager to have his folks stay about a foot away from the coach AND make sure you pay the extra for the RainEx treatment or you'll regret spending the other money on the wash--trust me--I didn't do that once in AZ and it took me two days of VERY hard work getting all the water spots off. With the RainEx--very minor ones that can be handled in less that 20 minutes.
BamaBob is 100% about the WashWax product. It is the most amazing product I have ever seen. Used to wax my unit with Mother's twice a year and it took me about 6 hours of rather hard work to wax unit--each time. Discovered WashWax at the FROG rally in Goshen two years ago as well and have used it on just about everything one could think of. BamaBob is also correct about applying it to the front of your unit--bugs come off 1/2 the effort--if that. I have tossed all my wax products and now use only this product. Also great in campgrounds that do not allow washing if RV's--can use this instead.
BTW, as I educated myself about this product, it was worth the time to do research on the difference between wax and polish--can be a huge difference as well as effect how your unit looks.
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Old 09-30-2016, 03:56 PM   #9
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Don't do it. The chemicals used at a truck are made to clean truck and will damage fiberglass RV exteriors.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:48 PM   #10
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Blue Beacon works fine for us...and yes...get the Rainex. Used lots of times with zero problems in multiple locations around the country. Gonna try BamaBob's suggestion though to bring the gloss back higher.

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