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Ray LeTourneau
04-18-2014, 08:38 PM
I know several of you folks have used Blue Beacon to clean up the RV after or during trips. I just called and got a price of $44 for a basic wash for truck & trailer and $65 for wash & wax. Great prices I think. My question, how much to tip?

Randy
04-18-2014, 09:28 PM
Ray, with your thick wallet, Why are you asking the rest of us. Let me know how they do.
Randy, Santha and the Poodles

jdamude
04-18-2014, 09:32 PM
I know several of you folks have used Blue Beacon to clean up the RV after or during trips. I just called and got a price of $44 for a basic wash for truck & trailer and $65 for wash & wax. Great prices I think. My question, how much to tip?


Watch some of there soaps contain some abrasive chemicals. It may stain the decals on your unit.

Ray LeTourneau
04-18-2014, 09:50 PM
Ray, with your thick wallet, Why are you asking the rest of us. Let me know how they do.
Randy, Santha and the Poodles

Funny Randy! Thick wallets in my case means lots of cards. Memberships, Medicare, Concealed Carry etc. Not much cash though.:o

jbeletti
04-18-2014, 11:23 PM
Ray - I give them $5.

cookie
04-19-2014, 07:21 AM
Ray, my wallet is a little lighter than yours. No cash.
So the only tip I could give is "Don't look directly at the sun".

Peace
Dave

jayc
04-19-2014, 08:39 AM
When I go to the BB, I always ask for low pressure and no chemicals. Then get the Rain-X rinse and you're all set.

JanAndBill
04-19-2014, 09:11 AM
Back in the day, we used an epoxy finish on our over ther road trucks, because of the harsh conditions they were exposed to, as opposed to the softer fiberglass gel finish on my BH. The truck wash facilities because of what they were forced to clean, used some pretty harsh chemicals and reportedly abrasives, to get the trucks clean, and over time we would see the epoxy finish degrade. Personally I would NEVER take my BH through a commercial truck wash. We can wash ours in less than 45 mins., me on a short ladder doing the top half, and DW on the ground doing the lower part, and I KNOW what's being used.

truknutt
04-19-2014, 06:09 PM
I know several of you folks have used Blue Beacon to clean up the RV after or during trips. I just called and got a price of $44 for a basic wash for truck & trailer and $65 for wash & wax. Great prices I think. My question, how much to tip?

I usually "donate" $4 per guy washing the rig. The crew in Carlisle, PA are nice guys and treat me very well. Never had an issue with my decals. Basic wash w/Rain-X. Occasionally I have them scrub & shine the tires (10). That poor guy gets an extra tip.

yport
04-19-2014, 06:55 PM
I actually asked Kary how to care for the exterior of my new partial painted BH ... he checked direct with the paint division and was told to never use the typical wash/wax liquid cleaners, but suggested Blue Dawn liquid detergent (remember that's the detergent that got all the hype for cleaning the oil off the birds from that Gulf oil spill). Then they sent me a Precision Painting pamphlet on proper care ... washing and waxing.

I think (?) it was Jim Beletti that I forwarded it to and he posted it on the Heartland Manuals page for all to see ...

http://manuals.heartlandowners.org/manuals/Exterior/Paint_Care/Precision_Paint/RV%20Care%20Instructions%202012.pdf

I wash only with the Blue Dawn now and it sparkles nicely.

JWalker
04-19-2014, 06:57 PM
I usually "donate" $4 per guy washing the rig. The crew in Carlisle, PA are nice guys and treat me very well. Never had an issue with my decals. Basic wash w/Rain-X. Occasionally I have them scrub & shine the tires (10). That poor guy gets an extra tip.

Dave had this done right before the PA rally last year. I could not believe how his Cyclone shined. Like brand new!!

Ray LeTourneau
04-20-2014, 04:48 PM
Well the Blue Beacon experience was a good one. I went for the wash & wax for $65. Never having been there before I was a bit unsure as to the process but when I arrived there were 3 trucks in line so I just got in and waited. It seems to work like a car wash. Keep pulling around till it's your turn. The guy comes out and discusses options and you pull in, get out to pay and pull out. I was so impressed with the job I gave them a $20 tip. Well worth it in my opinion.

traveler44
04-21-2014, 05:27 AM
Thanks! For the information about Blue Beacon truck washes. The only question I have is do they do the rubber roof properly or is this washing the sides only? Tom

recumbent615
04-21-2014, 06:35 AM
I'd be interested in knowing the answer to the roof question as well. Also Ray, how long was the process from pull in to pull out. almost every trip I take south goes down 84 and right past the Blue Beacon in Montgomery NY. I could/would schedule that stop into my trip for sure.

jayc
04-21-2014, 06:42 AM
As far as I know, it's sides only, no roof.

danemayer
04-21-2014, 07:25 AM
Blue Beacon has overhead showers that get the roof but I don't remember if they use brushes on the roof.

Ray LeTourneau
04-21-2014, 07:41 AM
Ya know, I never even questioned them about the roof. I had just done it before leaving FL so it wasn't even on my mind. I did see a roll about set of steps outside by the door so I think they have the ability to do roofs.

jbeletti
04-21-2014, 07:41 AM
I've been to at least a dozen Blue Beacons and none have ever done the roof with brushes (or pressure hoses). I have gotten the bath from overhead, though I think that's a rinse and RainX.

Note that one time, I had the rig washed at a non-Blue Beacon and I asked them to wash the roof. Mistake. They had their hoses up there and there is SO MUCH grease on those hoses from dragging them across the hitch plate of tractors and such, that grease was all over the radius's of the roof. Also, they got grease on the rear cap corners as their hoses rubbed there as they walked by. Bad wash job for sure. Somewhere on the north edge of St. Louis.

truknutt
04-26-2014, 02:46 PM
Each time I use the Carlisle, PA facility they turn on the overhead shower. It is primarily to get the dirt & dust off that will eventually turn into black streaks. They DO NOT use brushes up there. It's hard to say how long a visit will take. You have to wait in line for the big rigs to get done. Some get a quickie and others get the works. Some only get reefer wash outs. The time from actually entering the wash bay to exit is no more than 30 minutes (wash & Rain-X). The one thing I do not like at the Carlisle facility is that as you pull around the building to the entrance you finally see how many are in line ahead of you. There is no way to escape once you are in line. I don't know if the other facilities are set up the same way or not. Now I park out front either walk around back to eye-ball the lines or go inside and use their camera monitors for the visual.

Ray LeTourneau
04-27-2014, 10:41 AM
The time from actually entering the wash bay to exit is no more than 30 minutes (wash & Rain-X). The one thing I do not like at the Carlisle facility is that as you pull around the building to the entrance you finally see how many are in line ahead of you. There is no way to escape once you are in line. I don't know if the other facilities are set up the same way or not. Now I park out front either walk around back to eye-ball the lines or go inside and use their camera monitors for the visual.
Portage WI is the same situation. Once you get in line there is no way out.

jayc
04-27-2014, 11:18 AM
I've been to four BB's and they are all the same, get in line and wait. It's worth it though...

porthole
06-03-2014, 09:34 AM
Decided to try the BB wash on the way home from Dover. Before our trip all I got to do was the roof and front cap, and the trailer had not been washed since last year. There are multiple BB's that are listed on the website as being 8% higher in cost, and the New Jersey station is on that list.

We did:
pickup/van 15.50
camper/trailer 27.00
rainx trailer 13.00
rainx pickup 6.00

Total with tax - 65.81 Gave a $15 dollar tip.

I read on several reviews that it is suggested that if you are going to tip to give it to the crew boss when you start the wash. Our boss was going home at the time, so the tip was at the end.
One marker light blew off and when I picked it up they went right away to get a manger, no big deal, the light was already cracked and on my list of things to replace.

The truck and trailer looked great, all of the black streaks were gone which was a real bonus. They don't dry and maybe not rinse perfect, we have a few streaks of dirty water the streamed from the ride home. But, I'm thinking a less then 1 hour wash now will make the trailer look great.

I might just make this a stop on the way home from all of our south trips.

recumbent615
06-03-2014, 09:38 AM
This is high praise knowing how particular you are Duane. I will be stopping at a BB on my way to Va this weekend

porthole
06-03-2014, 10:11 AM
I actually asked Kary how to care for the exterior of my new partial painted BH ... he checked direct with the paint division and was told to never use the typical wash/wax liquid cleaners, but suggested Blue Dawn liquid detergent (remember that's the detergent that got all the hype for cleaning the oil off the birds from that Gulf oil spill). Then they sent me a Precision Painting pamphlet on proper care ... washing and waxing.

I wash only with the Blue Dawn now and it sparkles nicely.

Dawn is a detergent and will remove any wax you have applied. I personally would not use it on the RV unless I was trying to clean off oil stains or diesel soot stains.

And it is the number one product used in cleaning at oil spills, where any products other then water can be used, such as at decon stations.
And because of it's unique abilities it was frequently used around fuel docks at marinas until the feds stepped in. A couple drops of dawn in the water would quickly dissipate a small fuel spill.

BTW, if you have soot stains from your truck, I have found using Simple Green every time we got back to the dock would do a good job of keeping the transom clean.

porthole
06-03-2014, 11:32 AM
This is high praise knowing how particular you are Duane. I will be stopping at a BB on my way to Va this weekend

Kevin, if you have a smart phone - there's an app for that :cool:

The Jersey BB is right off the turnpike. Problem is you can see the bill board from the high way, you just can't see the wash.
Once off the interstate it is at the truck stop that has the CAT scale (not the Love's stop).
You have to go through a "toll booth" but parking is free under 2 hours or a $50 fill up.

Once through the gate bear right and head up the hill. The wash is a large blue building.

And when you go through that gate - stop far enough away to get out and push the button. Otherwise when you open your door you will hit the concrete pad. Don't ask me how I know :mad:

Ray LeTourneau
06-04-2014, 09:25 AM
And when you go through that gate - stop far enough away to get out and push the button. Otherwise when you open your door you will hit the concrete pad. Don't ask me how I know :mad:
I hate when that happens.

ILH
06-04-2014, 05:32 PM
I had never heard of Blue Beacon before. Turns out there are a couple of locations in Ontario ... but unfortunately nothing close to me :(