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Lwiddis

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Posted: 08/04/20 01:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Self serve coin operated washes but I’m very careful with the high pressure. Back off!


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I too would suggest a truck wash for general on-the-road grime.

That being said, herewith a shout out to the campground in Russel, Kansas which allowed me to wash off the diesel oil sprayed all over my TT when my TV blew the oil seal on the high pressure oil line to the turbo. Even though the campground rules forbade washing your rig AND there was a truck wash just across the road, the obvious need to wash that oil off before it damaged the TT, and my lack of a TV to get it to that truck wash, they were kind enough to grant me an exception, and even came down to offer me a bottle of heavy duty degreaser. There are campground owners out there who have hearts and will bend over backwards to help you out, in spite of the horror stories you hear.





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Some campgrounds will allow washing for an extra water use fee. Just ask. We had a bad case of mkildew from being parked under trees for a month. I paid an extra water fee, and the campground handyman washed it for us. Another time, there were several college kids working in the park, and They were glad to get some extra spending money for doing the job.


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Find a truck car wash.

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valhalla360 wrote:

We've never had an issue finding a campground that doesn't mind. Not every campground but enough that it's not an issue.

Also, it's common to see a large vehicle bay at car washes. I'm sure you could use that for under $10...that said, I'm not crazy about pressure washers on RVs. It's too easy to blast out caulk.
I won't use high pressure wash as it forces water into places it's not supposed to be and can destroy the sealant as you said. A bucket of soapy water and a RV wash brush from Wallyworld and I can wash the trailer in 30 minutes.

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Some self-servce car washes have a high bay which you can pull the camper through. I usually take the truck and either ask (and pay any extra fees at a campground) or maybe do a side at a time... I have seen signs 10.00 to wash camper at site posted in the campground office.

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LadyRVer wrote:

Some self-servce car washes have a high bay which you can pull the camper through. I usually take the truck and either ask (and pay any extra fees at a campground) or maybe do a side at a time... I have seen signs 10.00 to wash camper at site posted in the campground office.


Interesting. I just don't see many self serve car washes anymore.


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colliehauler wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

We've never had an issue finding a campground that doesn't mind. Not every campground but enough that it's not an issue.

Also, it's common to see a large vehicle bay at car washes. I'm sure you could use that for under $10...that said, I'm not crazy about pressure washers on RVs. It's too easy to blast out caulk.
I won't use high pressure wash as it forces water into places it's not supposed to be and can destroy the sealant as you said. A bucket of soapy water and a RV wash brush from Wallyworld and I can wash the trailer in 30 minutes.


Interesting. So, you don't rinse off what you wash? What do you use for soap? I use an RV wash & wax that states you don't have to dry it after washing, but you still have to rinse it.

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Some campgrounds that say no on washing might let you if you ask nice and also during the week when they are less busy. One we were just in in South Dakota was like that and we paid them a extra $10 for the extra water use, I do use the wash wax all but after a month or more on the road it needed the extra love


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joedekock wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

We've never had an issue finding a campground that doesn't mind. Not every campground but enough that it's not an issue.

Also, it's common to see a large vehicle bay at car washes. I'm sure you could use that for under $10...that said, I'm not crazy about pressure washers on RVs. It's too easy to blast out caulk.
I won't use high pressure wash as it forces water into places it's not supposed to be and can destroy the sealant as you said. A bucket of soapy water and a RV wash brush from Wallyworld and I can wash the trailer in 30 minutes.


Interesting. So, you don't rinse off what you wash? What do you use for soap? I use an RV wash & wax that states you don't have to dry it after washing, but you still have to rinse it.


As best you can, keep the pressure washer nozzle a couple feet from the surface. That will reduce the pressure.

Also, try to avoid directly hitting openings, switches or anything sensitive. Also try to avoid shooting upward as much as possible as some windows and siding rely on water flowing top down to keep the interior dry.


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