Originally Posted by Jon in AZ
How about self-service car washes- the kind where you pull into a bay and there is a sprayer and brush? Some even have oversized RV bays.
We have done this several times while driving to Florida from IllAnnoy.
We have a Scamp13 so we can fit in most places easily.
Do a "drive by" first to determine whether you can get into the wash bay, AND more importantly get OUT of it.
Some are pretty tight on exit.
Some have very deep floor drains and posts and other obstacles.
Of course check for overhead clearance (lights, spray arms etc.)
All of this sounds intimidating but really it is about the same as choosing a campsite. Park in a safe place, walk through the wash bay, then drive in and use it.
Don't spray full force directly at vents, windows
or door edges.
Also it is wise to take along a soft brush or a good wash mit. Spray alone simply will not clean winter road grime by itself. don't neglect the underside if you have been driving in slush or salt, ESPECIALLY liquid deicer.
Most places we have used have been roomy and easy in and out, but once we pulled in only to see that going out the other side was very tight due to a curb placed between properties.
One last point... Every spray car wash I have ever seen had a bay which was out of order. If the place is busy and a bay is empty or dry, wait for a good one! It can be frustrating to get all maneuvered into place only to find you must go to another bay.
Check your wallet and change purse before entering to be sure you can pay in a way that the Carwash can accept.