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Old 03-24-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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Trailer washing while traveling

We travel south to Florida from Michigan in February and return in March each year. The roads are always a mess going south and finding a car wash is difficult. That is, one that will accommodate a truck and 23' trailer. When I find one high enough there often isn't room to maneuver in and out of the wash bay. I can not imagine a longer trailer and I have no idea what people with 5th wheel trailers do or motorhomes. Has anyone use a truckwash normally used by semi's?
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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Hi from AZ. . . I have used the Blue Beacon wash on I-10 near PHX, they did fine for not a lot of money. Chain washes, associated with truck stop, many locations, (5 or 6 in IN, for instance). . . hope this helps, ( local guys charge between $8 & $14 per foot !). . travel safe, Craig
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:27 AM   #3
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Blue Beacon does an excellent job, and there is a thread somewhere here on it.

They also have an app for locations and services at each,


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Old 03-24-2016, 11:05 AM   #4
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I have only used truck washes when having my Interstate washed. The best by far has been Blue Beacon with Rain-X after wash to keep that water rolling off. I do squeegee the windows myself and use a microfiber cloth to dry where I can reach.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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I used a truck wash for my fifth wheel and truck upon return to the lower 48 from an Alaska adventure. They don't come much cheaper than me, by necessity in my defense, and it was money well spent. They did a fantastic job. Portland OR, fyi.
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Another vote for Blue Beacon. I just remind them that it's got a clear coat, no citrus, harsh detergents, no scrubbing with brushes. Especially after salted roads or time at the beach, it really adds to my peace of mind to have the undercarriage washed.

Every BB I have been to has had courteous people who followed my directions. I do, however, get out and watch carefully...!

Ditto about the Rain-x and the tending to windows personally afterward. Tip: Try to avoid busy times for truckers or be patient about having to wait in line. Sometimes I call ahead to one on my route to find out best timing. I use the app but it's not as accurate as I'd like.

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I have been very happy with using Blue Beacon a couple of times on the road. Very convenient to use at a reasonable price. Just drive right in and out. Unfortunetly there is not one in my local area.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:14 PM   #8
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Blue Beacon - I also carry two Micro Fiber washing mitts on long handles along with a detergent I use and I ask them to use both - no problem they do it and like Scooter241 I "supervise".
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We have used Blue Beacon, but with items traveling in the truck bed, is not always practical. The car washes can be challenging, but I have found high bays, and as long as there aren't people detailing in the middle of the exit area, I can get my 30 ft to swing the corner to get out.


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Old 03-24-2016, 12:39 PM   #10
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My son uses Blue beacon a lot and the clearances are more than ample because a semi is much taller than AS, also in & out should be no prob. as semis are in the neighbor hood of 60 65 ft. long & cannot turn like AS & tow vehicle. All BB I have been to with him are strait pull in & out with out any jockeying. [Caveat], They all use recycled water and some have acid residue in water
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:48 PM   #11
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A little acid is not too bad for aluminum. We routinely used very diluted acid in water to neutralize alkaline dust on aluminum window frames around Southern California. It's the alkaline dust plus a little moisture that's really bad for aluminum

Ironically, alkalis in concrete are what preserves steel reinforcement bars. Go figure.


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Old 03-24-2016, 12:59 PM   #12
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Cool trailer washing

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A little acid is not too bad for aluminum. We routinely used very diluted acid in water to neutralize alkaline dust on aluminum window frames around Southern California. It's the alkaline dust plus a little moisture that's really bad for aluminum

Ironically, alkalis in concrete are what preserves steel reinforcement bars. Go figure.


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Old 03-24-2016, 07:51 PM   #13
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Socorro, New Mexico $2.00 wash cycles for trailers

Going South on I-25, the last exit into Socorro, New Mexico has a car wash. The car wash is on the West side of the highway as you exit, which also takes you into Socorro. Do not use the gas station just south on the east side as I recall a drop where you could drag your bumper.

You can also get gas on the first exit into town, drive south to catch the car wash and drive straight onto the Interstate 25. Almost like a wash and blow dry for free.

The stall on the south side is for large trucks. There are steps up to a walkway so you can wash the top of your trailer, which is a rarity. It might be $2.00 for 6 minutes. Whatever the cost it is well worth it.

The rinse had been warm water the last time we were there. High pressure.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:54 PM   #14
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Trailer washing while traveling

Current 'clear coat' or whatever it is is a non-issue. On a highly polished bare aluminum AS, yeah I can see that's an issue. We mostly did a light acid was on anodized aluminum window frames. Very light acidity. Maybe a 1/8 cup or less in 10-16 gallons of water was what we used. YMMV.

Mine is a 2007, stored in California desert dust. A bit of vinegar will help neutralize the dust when I finally get around to washing it. Topically once a year wether it needs it or not. 😄😄😄

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Old 03-25-2016, 05:20 AM   #15
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Wow. Thanks for the info. I'll definitely look for the BB's.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:27 AM   #16
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When you use Blue Beacon do they wash the tow vehicle too for the same price?

Looking at some youTube videos they use the same pressure type washers at the coin operated self service. Do they wash the top and dry the trailer and tow vehicle?

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Blue Beacon does use acid.

As mentioned above, not really a problem for clear coated trailers, but it WILL dull polished trailers.


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Don't know for sure. I've heard both ways, so it may depend on the location and how many trucks are stacked up. I've taken our 40' MH through once, and was happy with the results. The Jeep was already unhooked, so I didn't hook it up to see.
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Used Rudy's in Fort St John on way down AK highway, easy access do it yourself car and truck wash. Bays long enough for pickup and 25' to fit.
Used Blue Beacon for first time in Twin Falls, ID. $15 for truck and $25 for trailer. Worked out fine.
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With all the water splashing and misting inside the BB wash space, both vehicles get wet anyway so might as well get the bugs and road grime off both at the same time.

Our units are stored under roof in Apache Junction, AZ but there is always an accumulation of dust and sand from the wind storms that we get washed at the start of most trips.
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