Dirt. It's everywhere. It drives me crazy to see it all over the Journey. I like clean and shiny and love to have that look on our motorhome.
I guess it is my OCD kicking in, but I'm sure the Journey runs better when its is washed. I have all kinds of bushes and soaps and waxes that I carry to use when the evil dirt adheres to the sides of our rolling home.
Living on the road makes washing the Journey very difficult. Most campgrounds have a "No Wash" policy. I've only seen one campground, the America's Best Campground in Branson, MO that has an actual washing station where you can clean your RV. Another campground would let you wash you RV after paying a fee. But most won't let you.
I was very pleased to find that the Escapees campground in Livingston, TX lets you wash your rig, as long as you had a nozzle on your hose. I was happy to scrub the Journey back to its clean and shiny look. However, that was the last place I was able to wash it.
Driving from Texas to Florida, up to New Jersey, down to South Carolina, to Florida (again), back to South Carolina and on the way to Myrtle Beach, lets just say that we no longer were sure what color the Journey was (or used to be).
I've flirted before with the idea of using a truck wash, but was worried because of the horror stories I've read. Scratched paint from dirty brushes, decals and paint knocked off from high pressure hoses. Others had damage to seals. Trying to get your RV clean could cause lots of potential problems.
On the other hand, I couldn't stand the dirt any longer. A stop at a Flying J with a truck wash next door pushed me over the edge, I decided to risk it and draw my own conclusions.
We drove up to the Blue Beacon Truck Wash. They took us right in and gave us a choice of washes, I chose the basic wash and a follow on coating of RainEx for $47 (with tax). The staff was friendly, professional and best of all, quick.
The results? An "A+" job. No damage, not lost decals, no scratches, just a clean and shiny RV, just the way I like it. Yes, it is not cheap, but for those times when I just can't find a way to wash the Journey, I'll use Blue Beacon. I like it when the Journey runs well, looking spiffy. :c)
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