Sunday, January 26, 2014

How to Wash a Roadrunner

We took advantage of our loose schedule and decided after 10 days in Quartzsite that we'd head for Yuma.  The sunsets were beautiful, the area was fine, the rally was over and most had left and we felt like it was time to move on after 10 days in the boonies.
We did a little research and decided to aim for the Escapees Park outside of Yuma.  We called ahead and they had one, maybe two spots available.

We arrived at lunch time and were second in line to sign in.
But the folks in front of us were going to the dry camping area, so we had no worries.

One thing about Escapees Parks, they work hard at being friendly.  We were instantly welcomed by Evelyn and husband Mel who have worked here in the winters for six years.  Nice folks.

We found out it was OK to wash the RV and Mel mentioned they had folks getting their rigs washed regularly here in the park.  I figured I wasn't going to spend $350 (my guess on what a wash and wax would cost).  I was not looking forward to tackling the four day job.  I have to work up to these things...
Later,  Pam found an add in the local paper for Sergio.  I called and they wanted $120.  Hmm...much more reasonable.  And the Roadrunner was really dirty.  All that dust from Quartzsite was on the coach.
Then I called Benjamin's.  $100 for a wash and wax and got a 2 PM same day appointment.  The crew showed up at 2:00.  It was blowing and they were afraid the spray was going to go over the neighbor's rig.  Nobody was home and they were reluctant to get started so we rescheduled for 8:00 AM the next morning.

Later that afternoon, we straighten up a bit and Pam made a couple of trips to the laundry.  We had a nice dinner with some grilled vegetables and steaks.  Then we enjoyed our new HD TV for a while.

Promptly at 8:00 AM on Saturday, two guys from Benjamin's RV Wash (and Carpet Cleaning) showed up.  Sergio (another one, not the same as the other RV Wash company) and Nacho (his nickname) got right on it.
We talked for a few minutes, confirmed the price and they got with it.  The generator in the back of the truck was a little noisy, but the campground host on duty drove around and said no problem - anytime after 8:00 AM was good.
This was a thing of beauty to watch.  Two young energetic guys getting after it.  My back enjoyed watching them.  They were steady and thorough.  With their own 250 gallon tank of 'soft' water, they power washed the top and then proceeded down the side, scrubbing first, then spraying off.

I even pulled out the generator for Sergio to use his power washer on.
It worked and after 7+ years, I think this was the first time it had ever been washed.
Then they continued on around the side.
About 30 minutes after they started, the washing part was finished. I passed out a couple of bottles of Gatorade and then they got started on the next phase.

They let the water stay on the Roadrunner, then wiped
Meguiar's Mirror Glaze all over the sides, front and rear of the coach.
The sun was slow in coming through the light clouds and it was not hot yet at just after 9:00 AM in the morning.

Perfect day to get the job done.  I was really enjoying this.  And learning some things.  They purposely did not wipe the water off after they rinsed it.
They just started in with the wax.
It took them twice as long to wax it, taking them about an hour.
It really looked good.
I paid them, gave them a tip and they were on their way before 10:00 AM.  But not before they started on the ham and cheese sandwiches that Pam made for them.  
Interesting couple of guys.  Sergio said Nacho was a nickname that his buddy picked up and it stuck.  He also said he was going to college at night and was glad to be making some money.  He is pursuing a degree in technology - not sure if he wanted to go into video production or maybe in the audio area.  at any rate, I was pretty impressed.  

Great way to start our time here in Yuma:  get the Roadrunner all cleaned up and shiny again and meet some interesting guys.

Thanks again for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. Wow...what a great deal on a time consuming (and tiring) job! I had always heard these mobile washing guys did a great job... Thanks for the step by step pics. And how courteous and thoughtful you were about the winds and overspray. Most people wouldn't think twice about someone else's rig getting it....

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  2. A hundred bucks seems like a super good deal and the coach looks excellent. It always seems like they run better after they've being all cleaned up. It's nice to see young folks who want something in life (like a college education) and are willing to work for it.

  3. When we had our Class A I used to spend a good two days every spring getting off the winter grime (didn't go south, there was the thing called work...)
    I sure would have paid to have a job like that done. Even more than a hundred bucks too.
    You got a good deal there in more ways than one.

  4. Okay - that seals the deal. We'll be calling them tomorrow. Denise also used them and said they were great. After Q our rig is so dirty. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Man, you got a great deal...The power washer would have finished stripping the Hiker of the graphics in the front..We take pretty good care of her, but the Graphics are peeling on the front..and that's the part that really needs the power wash....My back would have loved seeing that wash job too!

    1. It seemed like a fairly low intensity power wash. I used to take the old paint off my picket fence at home with a power washer, but this was much less force than that.

  6. Gotta get our rig done in Yuma too after all that Q dust.

  7. I'm envious not only of the great price on the wash and wax, but the generator on the slide out. One thing I'd make sure I'll get the next time around! When I had my generator's belt replaces, my MH had to be put up in the air and the generator removed from underneath. $$$

  8. Nice job on the photo description of the wash and wax job. The prices where we are currently staying are MUCH higher for the same job. I wish we had used your guys when we were in Yuma a few months back. Looks very nice and the coach just "feels" better after a good wash and wax!