Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clean Jeep

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but it doesn't rain a whole lot here in Phoenix.  That is a problem in that with no rain, the dirt doesn't get washed off the Jeep.  With the soft top I can't go to most car washes, I need one with the wand that goes around the Jeep after I pull into the stall, not the kind that gets pulled along an assembly cleaning line.  I haven't found one of those here yet.  There is some physics in why, but I'll take their word for it.  I ran it through the one in Platte City, MO a couple of times back a year ago February to get the road salt off from my Chicago runs.  That one is totally awesome, and if it was here I'd be running the Jeep through it weekly.  Really.  Then I moved out here.  The poor Jeep has seen very little water since.

A few weeks ago I unearthed the hose assembly Mom gave me.  It's one of those wonder hose things you can ball up 50' of in you hand when it isn't full of water.  That's great, but it also lets it hide.  However, I wanted the Jeep clean and today I did it, washed the Jeep the old fashioned way with a bucket of soapy water and the hose.  Not a lot of hose water like I did in my childhood in the midwest, this is a desert.  But I also hosed down the side of the mobile home that is inside the car port as the way the wind is here is sucks dust and all up into the car port.  So, the Jeep, the mobile home, and I got hosed down nice and good.

I then got my new small vac out and had to search for an electric outlet outside.  Found one, and managed to pretty much vacuum out all the dust and palm tree debris (small seed-like things that get everywhere...).  Then I wiped down the inside dash and steering wheel and console.

The reason for all this is I'm going to Vegas again next week.  This time I'm staying at Paris, the ritsy folk place.  I plan to actually use Valet Parking (mostly because I don't know where the Paris self-park is) and I want to make sure there isn't anything I'd miss lurking in a corner of the Jeep.  I also don't want to be ashamed to have a Paris valet take my keys and get into my nice, new (ok, now 6 yo) Jeep.  So, Jeep is ready.  I'm sweaty and tired and sore.

I also jogged 40 pillars this morning.  It doesn't hurt a lot more to do 40 than 25.  Pain is the same.  I'll celebrate when I hit 300'.  I'm 60' or 10 pillars from there.


  1. You remind me of how badly my Highlander needs a wash. I plan to take it to a place where they do it inside and out - they use something to wipe down the dashboard that repels dust - really! But before I can take it I have to empty all the junk from inside the vehicle, and I never seem to get around to it.

    I have the same problem in my drivway & carport getting all the wind and dust. I get leaves in my driveway from all over the neighborhood. Good luck in Vegas.

  2. I have a Jeep and I didn't know you are suppose to wash them!! Oh good, it is raining, so I can say it is washed, right?

  3. Works for me, DD. That is how I washed all my vehicles prior to moving to the desert. My Mom goes out after a rain and wipes her car down with a towel after a rain and calls it good.

  4. I hate to wash my car but when I do I take it to the type you are looking for with the hand wands.

    My mother is always commenting how nice and clean her neighbors cars are...I guess she is giving me hint that I refuse to take :D

    Good luck in Vegas!