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Old 01-16-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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We are leaving next week for the south and there are good chances the van will be full of calcium before we could reach nicer roads. How do wash your van in such a situation? How do you find car wash that accept van?
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We are leaving next week for the south and there are good chances the van will be full of calcium before we could reach nicer roads. How do wash your van in such a situation? How do you find car wash that accept van?

You can find truck washes around most places that are setup for larger vehicles, but we usually just find a do it yourself one that has a tall enough door. They are pretty common and we have had no problem finding one when we need it.



I am skeptic of any wash that has high pressure wands and workers that aren't used to washing a class b RV. It is very easy to blow water into ares under and around the van shouldn't have water in them or soap. That is another reason we find a DIY place.


When traveling we are not real picky about getting spotless and usually just get the built up crud off, and of course salt. We are very careful with the high pressure and normally leave it on low pressure for underneath as we can't see exactly where it is hitting.
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They are called Truck washes?
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Old 01-16-2019, 04:14 PM   #4
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They are called Truck washes?

Yes they are normally called truck washes.



You might want to do a Google search for "truck wash in the city you would be in" and see what you come up with.
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Yes they are normally called truck washes.



You might want to do a Google search for "truck wash in the city you would be in" and see what you come up with.
Here's one that you can search that wash rv's:

https://bluebeacon.com/
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Blue Beacon truck wash. They are often near Pilot/Flying J and Love truck stops.
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Lots of self-service carwashes have an "outside" bay at one end.
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If by south you mean Florida, here is one in Ft Pierce right by 95 that does RVs.

https://bluebeacon.com/locations/listing/ft-pierce-fl

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If your heading to FL, going down I-75S, and near Exit 224, Ellenton, you can get off onto US301N, a couple miles up on the right is a car/truck/SUV/RV wash service. The prices vary according to how much you want done......prices are reasonable and the wait is oftentimes minimal. Ron
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If your heading to FL, going down I-75S, and near Exit 224, Ellenton, you can get off onto US301N, a couple miles up on the right is a car/truck/SUV/RV wash service. The prices vary according to how much you want done......prices are reasonable and the wait is oftentimes minimal. Ron
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There is another Blue Beacon at San Antonio, FL, next to the Flying J. I think mm 282.

There is also something in Wildwood, just south of Ocala.

That being said, I would hit a self service wash, what I still call a "quarter car wash". Just do a Google search to find one near where you are or will be.
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We downloaded all the Blue Beacons (Blue Icons) as well as Fly J, Loves and Pilots (ones with dumps - Grey Icons) into google maps. we can use it without cell service as well.......actually my wife also loaded the 208 trailheads for all the hikes she is making me do in a few month............




lol......here are her 1200 miles of hikes she downloaded as well.

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We downloaded all the Blue Beacons (Blue Icons) as well as Fly J, Loves and Pilots (ones with dumps - Grey Icons) into google maps. we can use it without cell service as well.......
What you mean by downloading them into Google Maps? Are you referring to the screenshots you did?

In case some people were not aware, it's possible to download areas ("Offline maps") in the Google Maps app (at least on iOS) so you can still use it even without cell service. Also useful if you want to reduce your data consumption.

In may case, I downloaded the maps for the entire East coast.

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What you mean by downloading them into Google Maps? Are you referring to the screenshots you did below?
We actually downloaded an extract of locations from Blue Beacon and then loaded them with their GPS coordinates into Google MyMap. It is part of the Google Apps on you PC. Then from Google Maps you can view your custom map and route to all the places on it just like you do in normal google maps. She has essentially created a custom map in My Map with:
  • RV Dumps (Loves/Pilot etc)
  • Hikes
  • National Monuments
  • Blue Beacon
  • Where she intends us to stay and or Boondock
  • All Rest Stops and Welcome Centers in the country


What I attached was simply a "snip" of the map.
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As in what is usually found at a Truck Stop.
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As in what is usually found at a Truck Stop.
Truck stops could have restaurant(s) [fast food [McD, Arby's] and/or sit down, i.e. Denny's], limited grocery and supplies, showers, etc. Many Flying J's and some Pilot stations (and some other brands) have RV gas and diesel fuel islands (not normally a problem for Class B's, but useful for large Class A and trailers). The islands have water fill and sewer dump stations. Most have propane fill service. Many Flying J's have RV specific parking spaces in front of the station (away from truck parking), where you can park overnight. You can then go into the store in the morning and fill up on Cinnabons! Flying J/Pilot seem to be price competitive with other local gas stations for gasoline, not so much for diesel. You can also get 5 cents off per gallon if you're a Good Sam member.
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I will share this with you folks..........you can save your own copy and then pull it up on you phone via Google Maps and navigate to any of the points as you normally would..............you can also edit your copy and get rid of things that are not of interest to you.....

Click link to Map with Loaded Points of Interest

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...1380408859&z=6
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Truck stops could have restaurant(s) [fast food [McD, Arby's] and/or sit down, i.e. Denny's], limited grocery and supplies, showers, etc. Many Flying J's and some Pilot stations (and some other brands) have RV gas and diesel fuel islands (not normally a problem for Class B's, but useful for large Class A and trailers). The islands have water fill and sewer dump stations. Most have propane fill service. Many Flying J's have RV specific parking spaces in front of the station (away from truck parking), where you can park overnight. You can then go into the store in the morning and fill up on Cinnabons! Flying J/Pilot seem to be price competitive with other local gas stations for gasoline, not so much for diesel. You can also get 5 cents off per gallon if you're a Good Sam member.
Thanks for this. It's our first trip so we don't know what to expect.

In your experience, it it always possible to park for the night at Truck stops? What about at Flying J / Pilot stations? I see that some have PRIME Parking Spaces but don't know what it means exactly.

Thanks again!
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Something like this?
A self-service carwash with big enough stalls to fit your Class B
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