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Old 04-16-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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Blue Beacon Truck Washes

Anyone ever used one of these while traveling? Prices look awesome for RV's.


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Old 04-16-2016, 07:04 PM   #2
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We have one 5 minutes from the house. We use it twice per year. Just tell them to be careful around the caulking. We wash with them and then come home to wax ourselves.
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What do they charge?


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Old 04-16-2016, 07:53 PM   #4
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$25-35 depending on current rates and if you want things like rain x treatment etc. Expect along wait in line if more than 1 or 2 trucks in front of you.
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We use them all the time too. Generally end up around $35-40 bucks as I like the RainX treatment and sometimes the aluminmum wheel cleaner.
I have not had any issues with caulking from the guns but I will say that the job they do is not like washing it yourself or a hand wash...more like what a car looks like after an automatic car wash...which is good enough for me most of the time and useful after a long & dirty trip to get the heavy cleaning done. They have an app for mobile that I find useful since it geo-locates the nearest ones to you when you're on the road.
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Used it once.. LOVED the wash with rain-ex (i think it was?). and both truck & trailer looked great.. EXCEPT... my 'FLAGSTAFF' on the front cap didn't hold up well under the pressure. Per their policy, they're NOT responsible for such things and video each wash ... 'just in case'. They DO NOT (or didn't) have that policy posted anywhere for me to review, so i challenged their DENIAL of refusing any adjustment/replacement. Basically got my money back.. have new decal on there now.
Agree with the long lines/wait comment.. but yes, i would go back Both (truck & trailer) looked great for weeks! (rainex stuff?). just my $00.02 worth (pre-tax)
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:15 PM   #7
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Be careful with pressure washing. My son in law had his motorhome washed thath way once, before leaving it in a parking area for a three weeks period. When he pick it up afterward, he had a big surprise; water has been entering in the storage basement areas and he found damp stinking materials and rust had started to invade metallic structure.

Hand washing is not that a hard job to do and is better achived.
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As long as you have the right equipment,,, Hand Washing is the only way to go !!!
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I use them all the tome with no problems.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:28 AM   #10
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Way too much pressure.
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Leave nova Scotia and always get 5er and truck washed just above Tampa at BB..They do a great job and I get the Rain Ex treatment.......Cost this year was $85.00 for both...Well worth the money..Mobile units at CG charge $100.00+ just for 5er's. an hour later we arrive at CG with a showroom unit..........J
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Used them once in NM. Never again. Way too rough on the RV. Too much pressure caused water to come through a window seal. Luckily no long term issues but I will keep doing it by hand as long as I can. $30 charge for a strict 11 minute wash.
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The success or failure of pressure washing your RV is 100% in the hands of the operator. Use the wrong nozzle or get too close and they will remove decals and lift caulk. If used properly by a trained operator you can get good results. Problems is most places don't put their top mechanics on the power washer. Success once is not a guarantee that you will have it again even at the same location a few months later. One of the major power washer manufacturers recently issued a safety recall asking owners to dispose of the smallest nozzle that came with the unit as it was damaging property and injuring operators.
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So true. The BB in Gallup, NM had a "Pit Boss" (for lack of a better word) who was loudly yelling and counting down time to move to the next part of the RV. They likely felt they had no choice but to be fast and forceful to get the job done.

Time equals money.

I feel for the guys who were clearly working VERY hard. Their job is a tough one, but I can't risk it again.
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I have a nice pressure washer but hand wash. My decals are coming off the front again, taking them off and most likly not putting them back on.
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