As much as we love being in motion, constantly changing our location and adventures – we also look forward to our extended stays of a few weeks in one location.
When we arrived to Desert Hot Springs a little over a week ago, we had a long list of projects we wanted to tackle.
Amongst them, was getting clean.
After many miles of driving, our toad – a Mini Cooper, gets quite dirty being pulled behind a 2-stroke engine. And add to that a few miles of dirt roads, and the Mini was looking pretty bad upon our arrival.
The bus on the other hand shows dirt pretty well, but it had been over 3 years since our last wash and wax – right after we first purchased the bus. I do maintenance rinses when I can, usually when a rain storm blows through I head out with a brush.
So tops on the agenda, spa days for both.
Our friends Forrest and Mary are also staying in the area and we met up for lunch & exploring with them in Indio.
We found a highly rated car wash (K & R Car Wash) on Yelp, and went in to town a bit early. When we pulled in, the owner came out and said ‘You really need a waxing… I’ll cut you a good deal on a hand wax.’
For $35, K & R pampered the Mini inside and out. And this has got to be one of the cleanest car washes we’ve ever been to. It made me want to walk through all those colorful scrubby things myself!
Ahhh.. our Pixel looks so good, and so shiny!!
Next, was finding an RV Wash. We saw none coming into town, but figured we’d call one of the many RV detailers listed on the community board in the park’s laundry room.
But even before we could get around to writing down some numbers, Dave came walking around the campground soliciting his service. Now generally, we’re not fans of solicitors coming to our door. But when they’re offering exactly what we’re needing, we actually flagged him down before he reached our spot.
He pointed out several other rigs he had cleaned in the park, and quoted us $6 per foot for a hand wash and wax (at our 35 foot length, that would be $210). Not a bad price at all for a hand pampering done right at our site. We booked an appointment for later in the week.
Dave spent all day with Zephyr, even finishing up a bit after the sunset. He got everything just as shiny and clean as is possible for a 53 year old bus with a fading paint job. Which is no small feat, considering the back end of Zephry is usually coated in 40w oil, dirt and road grime.
He even got the roof spic and span!
Ahhh… it feels so good to have our outsides being all clean and shiny. Now we just need to work on finishing up some of our interior projects so we can get the inside tidied up.
Join our Next Video Chat: Solar Electrical Systems for RVs
When: Saturday, December 6 – 3pm PST / 6pm EST
Where: Our Livestream Channel
With our roof all clean and sparkly, and with decent internet connectivity at our current location – we’re going to host our next live video chat a little early this month. Our long awaited chat about solar for RVs.
We’ll give a quick tour of our newly installed 800w solar panel installation, talk about our decision making process to go traditional glass panels instead of the flexible panels we had been testing, talk about our combo setup of a roof and ground setup and some of the practicalities of living off solar in boondocking situations. We’ll of course also take questions, and as always – the session will be archived for later viewing.
This chat will be hosted on Livestream.com (ad free!), which will require you setup an account in advance of the chat. Click on the link above to get setup.