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post #1 of 22 Old 01-09-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you wash your truck? I'm serious

I live in a condo association so I don't have access to a hose easily. Other than mooching a friends hose and driveway, does anyone here use a self-wash place or do you guys actually use the car washes in the neighborhood? My local guy will do F-250s but I'm a little worried taking her through the autowash.
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I can fold my mirrors in and go through a local car wash, always use a TOUCHLESS or it will tear something up, they aren't designed for full size trucks


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When I work out of town I stay in my 5th wheel camper and alot of campgrounds are against vehicle washing in your spot. I now ALWAYS go to a do it yourself wash. I've been through several washes in CA where they drive your truck through the wash while you wait then they detail it. Then get the truck and they did a shoddy job on it and/ or took things. I've had my keyless entry fob stolen at washes twice. Then asked before too about wiping the wheels off and the exhaust tip off and they said that wasn't included! I'd rather have a dirty truck then let someone else wash it anymore.

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I go to the self service washes in the winter. A lot of them are taking credit cards now and the hot water they have is great. Summer time I wash it at home.

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my parents own a car wash... its got 5 diy bays with hot water. (hot water is awesome in january in utah) and an auto wash, i call it the the death trap auto wash, i avoid it, i get my old mans keys unlock the box and turn the wash on get it as clean as i want it put the box back into coin mode and say thanks pops!


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Do you know if owning a car wash like the ones they've got here in Utah is profitable. Just curious.

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i have an 05 CCSB and take it thru 2 different brush washes in my area. Both have max height bars and stock it's only about 3 inches below so lifted trucks won't make it. Fold the mirrors in and have a clean truck in the middle of winter!
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I've been through several washes in CA where they drive your truck through the wash while you wait then they detail it. Then get the truck and they did a shoddy job on it and/ or took things. Then asked before too about wiping the wheels off and the exhaust tip off and they said that wasn't included!
Those are the carwashes you want to avoid like the plague. First they run it through their carwash tunnel to rinse some of the solid dirt off and you're left with a dirt film on the truck. Then they dry your truck with their dirty cheap towels they have dried 20 other cars with that haven't been washed in last 5 years. As they are drying the truck they are just dragging dirt and brake dust all over the paint causing light clearcoat scratches and swirls.

Best thing to do is bring your own supplies and wash the truck in the spray off bay.
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i work at a car wash and take mine threw atleast once a week with stacks and the mirrors out... we have a "state of the art" wash tho. just spent a couple hundred grand last year on it. it does a fantastic job. just have to take off my antenna

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I get out in the cold and wash it, one place around here has the heated DIY sprayers. I dont know how far your willing to go for your truck though

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