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carwash with lightbar...

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Embalmer, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Normally I hand wash my truck, but seeing as time is becomming scarce for me lately, I was wondering if anyone has run their truck (pending it fit) through an automatic carwash with a lightbar on it.
     
  2. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Yep
    I have mine bolted to a backrack with locknuts, a low profile LED Show me bar and have never had a problem the few times I do go through the car wash.

    Good Luck Mike
     
  3. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,714

    My truck sits way too high for automatic car washes. It is kinda nice sometimes to go through the auto......
     
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2006
  5. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    I have been handwashing my truck since I put my lightbar on, didn't think I could go through the carwash. I have a Whelen Mini-Strobe bar bolted to my BackRack also.
     
  6. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Yeah mines a full size low profile code 3 excaliber lightbar, and its mounted directly to the cab roof. Im 100% sure it will fit, just dont know if anyone has let those heavy shamies run over theirs or not if you have a full size bar, as im more nervous of the brushes weight buckling it in the middle.
     
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    The kind of car wash I'm refering too is the touchless kind, you drive in park and this big arm starts rotating around the truck spraying soap water than airblown dry.
     
  8. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Hmm never heard of these types before. Found one similiar here in Salem, so Ill go give it a whirl. Thanks
     
  9. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I'd never take my truck through anything other than a touch less wash. The brushes beat the hell outta the finish. They leave some nice scratches and swirl marks. Hell I've even seen them rip molding and hub caps off cars. As far as the lightbar goes, I've never tried going through with one.
     
  10. PaleRider

    PaleRider Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    Touch Free Carwash

    :waving: Embalmer
    I don't think you'd have a problem? Check with the someone or look for a height restriction. I like the automatic wash to clean the undercarriage. Keep them brakes line from rusty away. :eek:

    Pale Rider :gunsfiring:
     
  11. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I was thinking of making a bracket for the backrack that lets the lightbar fold down to below cab height.
     
  12. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    The brackets you speak of are available through tow truck equipment suppliers. We use to own a wrecker business too, and we had several trucks with them. They were a must for getting into parking structures.
     
  13. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    Like a foldable ROPS on a ZTR, good Idea.

    I can't even imagin trying to get a car out of a garage with a tow truck, I have a hard enough time just gettin the Ram into on of those places.
     
  14. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I think a few companies are using ATVs now to yank them out to street level.
     
  15. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    cool, I will look into this
     
  16. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Awdirect has them.
     
  17. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    Most tow companies have trucks small enough to maneuver in and out of parking garages. When I was towing cars, we had a truck that had a self loader wheel lift and was fairly low to the ground. Was super easy to take it on repo jobs because it could go anywhere.
     
  18. Embalmer

    Embalmer Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Well guess I should post a pic of my toy, to show my concern. :D


    Still got to beef up the front suspention a little, then go get a blizzard 760lt for it. But still does well for off road towing :)

    truck1.JPG
     
  19. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Just throw some timbrens on and it'll be fine. That's all I had on my 04 1500.
     
  20. PaleRider

    PaleRider Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    Keep On Pushing

    waving: Embalmer,
    I have a 2001 Dodge 1500, Timbrens, HD shocks and 10ply tires wesport No worries!

    Pale Rider :gunsfiring: