Blue Beacon

When we took delivery of our Airstream in September 2011, we were told not to wash it with anything other than microfiber, and that brushes would scratch the aluminum. Since then, we have only gone to self service coin operated car washes or washed the trailer in a campsite where allowed.

Washing the trailer is a tiresome task, and doing it on a drive day never sounds appealing. For that reason, our trailer hasn’t been washed in so long that I don’t actually remember the last time.

We’ve known for awhile that our friend Rich Luhr has been going to Blue Beacon to wash his trailer. We also knew that Brett and Lisa wash their trailers at Blue Beacon. All 3 are very knowledgable Airstreamers, so if they’re doing it, perhaps we we’re missing out on something.

Last week I asked Brett & Lisa about it, and they confirmed it was safe for the trailer and told us to ask for soft brushes.

This past weekend, we got our Airstream washed for $35, and let me tell you, it’s a game changer. The trailer looks better than we ever got it washing by hand, and the only scratches we have were already there from driving by low hanging trees.

2017 Cost of Camping:
4 nights free camping
9 nights paid camping (thru 1/13)
13 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $463.86
Daily average cost of camping: $35.68

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  • Reply Peter Kingsley January 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Great write-up. Curious to know whether Blue Beacon can get to the roof, or just reach up the sides as best they can.

    • Reply Leigh January 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      They have extra long brushes and pressure washers. They also have a cool overhead rain system for rinsing the roof off.

  • Reply Amanda January 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    That’s a really good price! We’ll have to keep an eye out for Blue Beacons. We don’t wash our AS nearly enough because finding either a campground that allows it or a self-wash that’s big enough is such a pain.

    • Reply Leigh January 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Hey Amanda, they have a location finder app!

  • Reply Mike February 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    They can’t get the roof, but they can get everything you can see from the ground. Best place around to wash one.

  • Reply Ryan F. March 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Camping World wants $300 to wash my 26 FT Flying Cloud. Wish there was a blue Beacon close to me…

    • Reply Leigh March 6, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Eek! Does that include a wax?

      • Reply Ryan F. March 10, 2020 at 7:30 am

        Nope. That’s just a basic clean, but does include the roof.

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