Cleaning Mud (I hate it) .. how/where to clean your rig after an outing?

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I never thought this would be so hard. But after a day of fun, and my vehicle is covered in mud, I'm finding it very difficult to find a way to clean it.

I went by my local car wash and they turned me away because of all the caked on mud.

I went to one of those do-it-yourself coin car washes and there's big signs did say No Mud washing Allowed.

I take it home and wash it, and have to spend 2 hours with a power washer and a shovel cleaning the road the next day.

How (or maybe a better question would be WHERE) In the hell am I supposed to clean my vehicle?
Here's a nice hack from Norcal 4x4 Rescue group:

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Not true and actually really bad advice for a caked vehicle.

Use a regular hose, soap and a good rag, folks. Don’t be lazy.

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What the hell does a touchless car wash have to do with a consumer grade pressure washer??? That's not even a fair comparison. Touchless car washes use a much higher pressure. If you use the most gentle nozzle on a pressure washer to rinse off the muck you will not have any issues.

And how exactly is using a pressure washer being lazy?? Most people still use a bucket, and good wash mitt even with a pressure washer.

Funny how professional car detailers have been using pressure washers for years. Even on high dollar vehicles.

Your argument is moot.
 
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Funny how professional car detailers have been using pressure washers for years. Even on high dollar vehicles.
I wouldn’t let those guys wash my truck. Guess we have different standards. GLTA.
 

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Not true and actually really bad advice for a caked vehicle.

Use a regular hose, soap and a good rag, folks. Don’t be lazy.

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What the hell does a touchless car wash have to do with a consumer grade pressure washer??? That's not even a fair comparison. Touchless car washes use a much higher pressure. If you use the most gentle nozzle on a pressure washer to rinse off the muck you will not have any issues.

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A touchless carwash operates at around 1000 psi, with some variance from place to place. If they really have the pumps cranked up, maybe 1500.

In other words, 1/4 to 1/2 the psi of your typical home pressure washer.

Avoid places that use 0° oscillating aka hurricane nozzles and you will have no problems.
 
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