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Old 09-08-2015, 01:41 PM   #11
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I use either Blur Beacon or I80 truck wash. Never had a problem since they are used to doing them. It's about $36 for my truck and 5ver.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:50 PM   #12
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Does it matter whether you have gel coat or vinyl siding exterior?
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:13 PM   #13
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Over the weekend I saw some folks pulling their camping rig into a truck wash. It was a toy hauler. I had never thought of this and wanted to see if it is common. When I say truck wash, I refer to the places at truck stops that was semi-tractor trailers.
To specifically answer the original question, yes it is a common practice. There are many other (arguably better/safer) options though. One I haven't seen mentioned yet is Mobile Detail. They will come to your location and wash/wax/detail your RV (or any vehicle). Some of the larger RV storage facilities will have RV washes too.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:18 PM   #14
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I would say if it doesn't damage anything and doesn't strip off the wax or blow off the caulking then I would try it out. For the price they are charging and the time saved not having to do it myself makes it all worth it.

Try it out if you haven't and report back experience...
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:29 PM   #15
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We had our TT and TV washed at a Blue Beacon in San Antonio last year on the way back from the Texas coast. They did a nice job, used brushes and spray wands and were very careful around the slides and windows. I think it was $55 with the wax spray added. The only thing is they don't dry the rig or TV, so if you have a black truck (like mine) you may have some water spots. They did use a spot-free rinse so spotting was minimum and I felt better getting all the salt off my stuff before storing it. I doubt that their soap removes the wax from the very expensive truck paint jobs that I see getting washed there. Those truckers wouldn't stand for the washes to damage their investment.
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Have done it a number of times when traveling with my cousin in his motorhome, it is pretty common around the country.
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Over the weekend I saw some folks pulling their camping rig into a truck wash. It was a toy hauler. I had never thought of this and wanted to see if it is common. When I say truck wash, I refer to the places at truck stops that was semi-tractor trailers.
When i used to wash my truck it was 37 dollars
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:46 PM   #18
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OK; if the truck wash is using wands then I would say go for it. I use a facility here in Florida. The soap will remove the wax for sure and they will not do the roof unless you request it. It ain't cheap.
Be really cautious about the truck pressure washes. They will do a number on seams and caulk. If your rig has decals there is a good chance they will be damaged; mine were. Took it in one time; that was enough. Lesson learned.
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I work next to a place that preps new mh, 5ths & tt for their customers. They are always going over the outside with pressure washers.
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Our storage lot has a RV wash bay with pressure wands and brushes, costs about $8-9 to wash the 35' RV. No issues with the decals, caulk, or seals. But did use a Blue Beacon on the road with very good results and no problems.
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