Washing the van

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  1. Angelwitch

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    Been fulltiming for 3 months and its everything we expected.My problem is I hate a dirty van (I'm the one who actually likes doing this) .Now I don't have my own driveway how the hell do I wash my dirty girl ?
     
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    ? Not sure I understand problem. Park on any roadside, or Carpark, wherever you top up your water.
    Bucket, Car wash/Wax, long handle brush.
    Fill bucket with clean water to rinse . Same as in your drive, but maybe no hose pipe. Or am I missing a problem .
     
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    some sites have van washing bays.. usually those that have storage facilities ..

    when full time I used a small Karcher pressure washer, used it on aires when it was suitable.

    when no tap or 230v mains, you could use a trug and small pressure washer run off an inverter.. or genny
     
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    Take it to one of the hand wash setups, usually run by Eastern Europeans ... just keep an eye on them with the pressure washer so they don't take off the trims and decals.
    My local one charged me £20 not including the roof.
     
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    Several of my customers full time and share your problem. Most campsites don't allow washing vans on site especially if it's a club site. Please remember that if you are cleaning the van yourself to use lots of water as being stingy will result in damage to your van. I would not recommend taking it to the East Europeans as you may end up with a large bill for repairs like a customer of mine who thought he was saving money but ended up forking out for a new fridge/freezer as the east Europeans filled his with water. I would also not advise to use any of the waterless systems as this can damage your van.
     
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    get your wet gear on and get out there when its pishing doon with a long handled brush. Works a treat.
     
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    Asda's near me have two open air wash it yourself booths with long handle brushes and foam. There must be others around. (y)
     
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    Agree completely.....
     
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    Oh for the late, lamented bob a job week.
    Get the boy sprouts to wash it....all for a shilling. :LOL:
     
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    Eèeeeeeek
    I have seen it all now,today I was passing an East European car wash and saw an Auto trail with a bloke on the roof and he was stood on the overcab
     
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    Coin op wash gets my vote, rinse, foam, brush, rinse. (y)
     
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    Just make sure the brush isn't in hiding lots of grit, rinse brush first
     
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    I can see your problem, take your hose with you to a friend or family and wash! seems like your putting on folks but don't worry about it.
     
  15. Angelwitch

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    Did it!stayed at a britstop and discovered a lovely landlord who allowed me to attatch my hose to his hot tap in the gents!2 hours of crawling around on the roof finally saw the end of all the tree sap that had been there since October:xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb:
     
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    Brilliant you did well there:xThumb:
     
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    In the bath and very gently would probably be best:whistle::LOL:.
     
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    Washed a 32ft R-V on a Spanish camp site, Chucking it down with rain, so I went out with Hi viz / leggings etc and Long brush! 30 min later one clean Van!. German Audience, decided to join in and in the end there where 4 of them doing likewise!!.

    Pete
     
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    that funny as iv just washed mine its pee ing down
     
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    We have a large bay jet wash in the village so if it gets really dirty I use that, but when we are away I try to keep on top of the job so I either wash a bit at a time or if the weather is right, polish the whole van. It has worked so far. I hate to see a dirty van and I believe in the old saying that a clean van runs better! @Angelwitch, is that an Allegro 96 you have? We had one before our current van. Same colour and decals. Ours was a 2008/58 2.3 Fiat. Gary
     
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