Water-fed Long Reach Van Washing Brush ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I have had several of these and the weakness is in the hose connector at the end of the handle, they always seems to break off as there is quite a degree of lever arm from a pressurised hose. I always end up with using it without a hose attached, like now! However with a nice soft brush head I found them ideal on last RV.
     
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    I have always mean't to try a brass connector in the end by the way but have not.
     
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    I've never owned one that doesn't eventually leak and get you soaked. Nowadays I just use a ball bungee to attach a hose to a soft broom. Much better and no soaked arm-pits
     
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    that's been my experinec.. hence asking the funsters..

    my last brush broke and I use it with a bucket.. but that is good idea and may just go with that .. (y)
     
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    ditto
     
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    Yes use one all the time, but with a large bucket never with a hose (there is no suds) and not worth buying cheap, and try to find one one with a metal bit for screwing the head on otherwise they tend to break there and make sure the handle is chunky enough else they bend(y)
     
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    For years I have used the brush with a bucket of soapy water and the hose to rinse----works for me
    Nigel
     
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    Brush bucket n hose as well never had one yet that didn't leak and eventually break.
     
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    I have one but don't connect it to a hose. I have a pressure washer (low pressure) to wet and rinse the van, and use the brush dipped in a bucket of water & detergent to clean off the muck.
     
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    We bought a new yellow triple telescopic job from the Peterborough show.
    It's got a head with bristles in 3 planes. The bristles to the sides are especially useful because they cushion the sides of the brush with impacts on rooflights, etc.
    It fits well index the overcab join as well as extending sufficiently long enough to do the upstairs windows and facia boards at home.
    The stand we bought it from is a regular at the Warner shows. Can't remember their name but they do wheel trims, mats, polish and seat covers and stuff too.

    I have washed the van once and all the windows and conservatory. Still awaiting the first leak!

    The best tip I can pass on is that you are better having a triple pole partially extended than a double completely extended. The overlap between the sections makes it stiffer.
    The same applies to forklift masts!
     
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    I bought one of those brushes when we first had a van. Only used it with a hose a couple of times, for the reasons others have given, and then used it with a bucket. I now use Onedrywash.

    We bought a Washmatik about 30 years or so ago for cleaning the car. They do work but I found them awkward compared to a brush & bucket or Onedrywash. I wouldn't like to try to clean a van (and certainly not the roof) with one.
     
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    That looks interesting but on Amazon where its cheaper by the way, there does seem to be a number of problems relating to the soap dispenser and its general construction. I am not sure about your reference to a bucket on the roof?
     
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    The one we have suctions out the water as you use the brush. You prime it first with a movement and the water soapy solution comes out. Very clever :). On the roof just stand the bucket on roof and it works. I think we paid £20 for the whole kit at the NEC.
     
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    I bought one from Johns Cross at Robertsbridge a couple of weeks ago with Funster discount and it worked well. Used a bucket for soaping up and connected hose to rinse off.
     
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