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Old 07-16-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Where to wash a fifth wheel

I do not have room in my drive for my camper and there is no water available to me at where I store so my question is this. Is there such a thing as a truck/RV wash similar to a car wash where I can wash it at? Do these places exist like at truck stops etc.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Can you not wash it in the street? A lot of truckstops have wash bays for big rigs.
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There are lots of truck wash places around. You just drive in like the good old coin op car wash and have at it with a spray wand and brushes. Costs me abt 15 bux at the one local one here and the other one just down the street wants 35 or so.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat. I tried to wash it in the street, but opening slides seems to cause all the blue-haired women in my neighborhood to absolutely flip out.

Unfortunately, the only Truck/RV wash I've found is nearly 30 Mira away...
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Some big rig washes charge by the foot. Kinda gets expensive just to wash it, but if thats your only option. I was able to get my TT in a car wash but just be careful of the waterspouts on your eves. I almost ripped the sprayer out when it got caught!
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #6
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I'm tempted to try the regular stall washes but need to verify heights first. Plus it's like an hour long job.... Long time to tie up a stall...just being nice.
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I do not have room in my drive for my camper and there is no water available to me at where I store so my question is this. Is there such a thing as a truck/RV wash similar to a car wash where I can wash it at? Do these places exist like at truck stops etc.
I guess we may be lucky,but our RV storage place has a drive thru big wash bay - it's coin operated, but it sure is handy.

You might call some local RV storage facilities and see if they have a similar set up.

You might do a search here also as there has been some discussions about people who come to RV parks and wash/ detail RV's there. They may come to your house also.
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Check this website. There is a tab to locate a Blue Beacon close to you. they are all over the country.

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Check this website. There is a tab to locate a Blue Beacon close to you. they are all over the country.

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Not sure why it showed up like that, but the word "Home" is the link.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #10
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Since Brownsburg is close, just take it up to any house in Carmel & wash it there.

I don't think you will fit in a car wash, that arm in the middle of the ceiling for the water hose is going to hit. I wash mine in front of the house (on a cul de sac) on a week day after everyone has gone to work & it isn't trash day. I haven't seen any blue haired women but will keep my eye pealed for them. They might be peaking out the windows though.

We were in IN over the 4th & had a great time at Shipshewana, Turkey Run & McCormick's Creek. There is a great local buffet in Spencer if you ever camp down there, only $6 on Monday evenings.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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We have a coin-op car wash near us that has an RV bay. It has a walkway on each side so you can reach the higher areas. Haven't tried it and don't know how the door would would work on a class A but it would work well for a fifth wheel.

I just spent the day wshing mine in the driveway. Fortunate to live in a semi-rural area where I have room to park it.
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I use a product called DriWash that works great - A bit on the expensive side and it requires some extra work but I spend about 3 weekends working my way around the 5er. I do this twice a year... I do have the ability to give it a quick wash down in the yard if needed but our town water is so bad that it usually looks worst after washing.

The DriWash I can do even at a campground as it doesn't use water. Search Google for information on the product. Not a perfect solution but we don't have any truck washes around here (except UPS and I don't think they want me running through their truck wash)

With the last TT (35') I could complete it in about 4 hours.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:50 PM   #13
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Alot of Hooters Restaurants have benefit car washes now and then so you may want to see when they do and pull up and let them wash it. The Hooters near me is next to Lowes so I just tell the wife I am headed to Lowes with the camper. It usually doesn't work for me but its a nice thought.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Check with your local transit agency to see where they take their coaches. When I was driving for ours, I often pulled the duty in the evening to take the buses to be washed. Most smaller county agencies don't have a washing plant at their maintenance base, preferring to support the local businesses.

For those of you in my neck of the woods, Skagit Transit used a facility on the north side of Highway 20, just west of Burlington Boulevard, next to the Shell Station. I think their high bay is good for 18 feet, but check first. The SKAT coaches were about 11' high and seemed to have lots of clearance.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #15
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look for a mobile auo detailing guy that has his own water source. A lot of them will do an rv. it won't be cheap though. Wash and wax will probably cost you upwards of $200 or more. I know of 2 guys here in NC but that won't help you in MI.
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$200 is bearable. I got quotes of $300-$400! (shocked face)
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If you go to one of the big truck washes where they wash it for you ask them to be careful with the caulking and the pressure washers. The pressure washers can blow the caulking right off the trailer. Last one we went to the windshield of my armada cracked from the pressure (there may have been a chip up high I hadn't seen but don't think so).
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #18
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After doing some research I found at least four places close to me that do truck or RV washing. They range in price from $55 to $100 my thoughts are that $55.00 would be acceptable if they do a good job. No appointment is needed. I could stop either on the way to or back from a camping trip
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:37 AM   #19
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$200 is bearable. I got quotes of $300-$400! (shocked face)
I got a quote of over $400 for a wash and wax. That caused some sticker shock. I think I will get the camper washed then wax it myself. The only part of the camper I will have problems with waxing is the top of the front cap. I won't get up on the roof (hip problems).

Thanks to all who replied for our comments and suggestions

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #20
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I used the blue beacon truck wash someone mentioned already. $27 or so for the wash and additional few dollars for the wax coating. In and out in 15 mins depending on the line and what you get. Like you my storage does not have water, can't wash in my driveway or fit into a regular car wash stall.

The picture below was taken after getting it washed at the blue beacon.
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