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is there any car washes that clean caravans near MILTON KEYNES

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A car wash might not be suitable for a caravan. One with rotating brushes might badly scratch all the plastic windows and ones using a jet wash might damage all the sealant in the joints. I find a bucket of water and an extending handle brush work well enough.

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You could ask any car wash if they would do your caravan BY HAND - at a cost! 

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Just remembered, when our caravan is serviced at Glossop Caravans they include a wash of the outside but not the roof. They would do the roof as an extra but the cost was about £60 to cover putting up scaffolding so they had safe access - you could not disagree with this since they have to provide a safe place of work and falling from heights can be fatal.

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5 hours ago, Paul1957 said:

Just remembered, when our caravan is serviced at Glossop Caravans they include a wash of the outside but not the roof. They would do the roof as an extra but the cost was about £60 to cover putting up scaffolding so they had safe access - you could not disagree with this since they have to provide a safe place of work and falling from heights can be fatal.


I was at Glossop Caravans yesterday and saw them washing a van roof  … no scaffolding involved, just a rusty, very old version of something like this … hardly necessitating a £60 extra payment!

 

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1 hour ago, Johnaldo said:


I was at Glossop Caravans yesterday and saw them washing a van roof  … no scaffolding involved, just a rusty, very old version of something like this … hardly necessitating a £60 extra payment!

 

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I have not been there this year yet, maybe the steps are something new. Was it the service centre where you saw these steps ?

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8 hours ago, davido said:

is there any car washes that clean caravans near MILTON KEYNES

 

If you have a Tesco superstore with a Waves Franchise, they can do caravans ans valet them as well, I asked at my local Tesco, but did not ask the price

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On 06/03/2020 at 14:50, Paul1957 said:

Just remembered, when our caravan is serviced at Glossop Caravans they include a wash of the outside but not the roof. They would do the roof as an extra but the cost was about £60 to cover putting up scaffolding so they had safe access - you could not disagree with this since they have to provide a safe place of work and falling from heights can be fatal.

 

That's priceless.  I might start adding a surcharge to erect our scaffold tower ;)

Just for your information, we've worked at Glossop Caravans a couple of times and they have a creaky old platform they use to access roofs.  

The fact you are offered a wash that doesn't include the most important panel to clean pretty much sums it up.

Save your dosh and just get a local mobile car valeter to come to you and give it a wash for around the same price. 

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On 06/03/2020 at 21:33, Paul1957 said:

I have not been there this year yet, maybe the steps are something new. Was it the service centre where you saw these steps ?

No, Paul, it was opposite the shop (by the toilets!) … sounds like the same platform Tourershine  is referring to.

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2 hours ago, Tourershine said:

 

That's priceless.  I might start adding a surcharge to erect our scaffold tower ;)

Just for your information, we've worked at Glossop Caravans a couple of times and they have a creaky old platform they use to access roofs.  

The fact you are offered a wash that doesn't include the most important panel to clean pretty much sums it up.

Save your dosh and just get a local mobile car valeter to come to you and give it a wash for around the same price. 

I did not get them to do it, maybe they give a high price so nobody wants it doing. When I clean the roof myself I use a step ladder, brush and bucket of water which needs frequent changing.

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Buy yourself a spray bottle of Rhino Goo, spray on , leave for five minutes  hose off, simples

 

Hose not Jet Wash

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11 hours ago, Paul1957 said:

I did not get them to do it, maybe they give a high price so nobody wants it doing. When I clean the roof myself I use a step ladder, brush and bucket of water which needs frequent changing.

 

...there's a hole in my bucket, dear mister, dear mister

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On 08/03/2020 at 21:30, Paul1957 said:

I did not get them to do it, maybe they give a high price so nobody wants it doing. When I clean the roof myself I use a step ladder, brush and bucket of water which needs frequent changing.

 

 

£60 is not a high price to have a whole Caravan washed, if it's done properly using the correct products, if that's what you meant.  Unless you meant they charge an extra £60 just to wash the roof.

We charge £100 for a basic wash, and it takes around 2hrs depending on the condition of the Caravan, obviously location depending.  We tried to avoid adding a 'basic' wash to our business services, rather sticking to the more specialist work we do, but with the drastic reduction in good quality mobile valeters around the country, we had no option but to add this service, but it accounts for a very small percentage of our work. 

 

My point above being that anyone offering to wash a Caravan and not automatically including the roof, isn't really washing the Caravan.  The roof tends to be the hardest panel for most people to access and clean safely, and not including the roof will only end up with the clean sides being covered in streaks after a couple of rain falls. 

 

As a general rule of thumb, a basic wash by a local valeter worth his salt should cost between £50-£100.  This might seem expensive if you compare it to what the roadside guys charge to do your car, but it's a different ball game, using far more delicate products that often cost more money.  A Caravan needs kid gloves when cleaning, where as a Car will take a lot harsher chemicals. 

 

(way too many proverb's in my explanation this morning, but you get the idea )

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Totally agree-wash the sides for appearance and the roof soon spreads it's grey dribbles!! Plus the solar panel needs a wipe over too to maintain efficiency! Every so often I get mine home and get up on the ladders to do the roof with shampoo brush and a gentle hose down.

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Has anybody used "Wet and Forget", and is it suitable for caravans?

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Not being very good with ladders I bought myself one of those aluminium towers many years ago. It cost around 250 but has more than paid for itself over the years in jobs that it has empowered me to do, rather than call in a tradesman. It's been a godsend, not least because assembling just the bottom section takes five minutes and gives me a really steady platform to wash the van roof. With the motor mover I dont have to keep moving it, just wash a bit then move the caravan. I don't even have to climb down. A bucket of warm water with some bobby dazzler, a long handled brush and hose with a trigger gun are all it takes. It takes me about an hour to wash our 640 twin axle.

 

Now, as for the car ... alloy wheel cleaner, snow foam, cockpit shine, leather cream, carpet foam, demon shine, wheel shine, tyre shine, glass clear, trim shine, wash mits, micro fiber cloths, wheel brush and a whole day .....

 

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21 minutes ago, Gordon said:

Has anybody used "Wet and Forget", and is it suitable for caravans?

I've only recently started using it, after cleaning and prior to storage in a country setting prone to algae.

It followed viewing the advice on their FAQ website which has a section on RVs and campers

HTTPS://askwetandforget.com

Essentially it's safe on all caravan body surfaces.

 

I know others have used it for longer as it was posts on this forum which encouraged me to take the plunge.

Have not been back to view the results recently, but as a bonus my patio is now clear if moss and algae with little effort other than using the garden spray.

Clive

 

 

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We had our caravan treated with Paintseal and it does what it says on the tin.   Our roof is quite clean although no immaculate.  A good rainstorm seems to give the whole caravan a good clean.

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56 minutes ago, Gordon said:

Has anybody used "Wet and Forget", and is it suitable for caravans?

Yes, love, love it.  Does exactly what it says on the bottle.  We use it on the roof of the caravan and the roof of the conservatory.   Apply twice a year. Not had a dirty roof  since.   Also  we don't get the dreaded black streaks down the sides either Bliss

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On 06/03/2020 at 14:11, davido said:

is there any car washes that clean caravans near MILTON KEYNES

There is one on the A6 near Finedon , Northampton-shire, they do Caravans, Motor homes, Buses & Cars

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On 10/03/2020 at 09:13, Gordon said:

Has anybody used "Wet and Forget", and is it suitable for caravans?

 

Gordon, It's a similar product to what I use  "Rhino Goo"  spray on hose off, stubborn dirt does need a light brushing, I have been using it for years with great results

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13 minutes ago, Les Medes said:

Gordon, It's a similar product to what I use  "Rhino Goo"  spray on hose off, stubborn dirt does need a light brushing, I have been using it for years with great results

Thanks Les

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1 hour ago, Les Medes said:

 

Gordon, It's a similar product to what I use  "Rhino Goo"  spray on hose off, stubborn dirt does need a light brushing, I have been using it for years with great results

Wet and forget is not a cleaner. You have to use the product of choice to clean the caravan, let it dry (if necessary) then spray over areas you wish to stay clean. It dries and leaves a transparent film which kills algae, moss etc (including those which cause the dreaded black streaks). Activated by the rain.

On patios etc you simply spray on and let the rain clean the dead algae from the surface.

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wet and forget has been around for about 30 years and still does exactly what it says on the tin.  I use it just as Clive B says. On the van and also on the concrete drive and stone walls. We are next to a bridleway with a lot of trees and the green algae was a constant battle before  I used this stuff  now I never see any at all.

 

I once tried treating just half the patio  as a comparison test,  Wow

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12 hours ago, CliveB said:

Wet and forget is not a cleaner. You have to use the product of choice to clean the caravan, let it dry (if necessary) then spray over areas you wish to stay clean. It dries and leaves a transparent film which kills algae, moss etc (including those which cause the dreaded black streaks). Activated by the rain.

On patios etc you simply spray on and let the rain clean the dead algae from the surface.

On Patios and paths I use Hyperchloride, £12 for 25 Litres, mix 5 to 1 very economical and works a treat, a local farmer put me onto it some years ago 

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