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46 • RV PRO • May 2017 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T Bitimec Wash-Bots Provide 'Like-New' Shine Sometimes it takes a bit of an initial investment for a dealer to be able to save some serious money. But according to Bruno Albanesi, president of Greenwich, Conn.-based Bitimec, that opportunity is waiting for any dealer who sees the value in not only keeping his rolling stock as clean as possible, but also in returning a repaired coach to a customer with a new luster. Albanesi says Bitimec's Wash-Bots not only make it possible for one employee to handle a job that typically could take six people to complete, they also make washing an RV a quick and easy job. "It can soap, wash and rinse a standard Class A RV in about eight minutes," he says. "The RV does have to be finished off in about another eight minutes, but all of our RV customers say it about halves their wash time." Wash-Bots come in several models, but the most popular machines are self-contained exterior RV wash systems with a footprint of only 15 square feet. A single operator operates the system's push-button controls and walks the self-powered machine around the vehicle while it applies soap, power-brush- washes, and rinses, using minimal water and detergent. The machine works in two directions for maximum productivity. (To see a video of the machine in action, visit https://youtu. be/BdxCi7thLns.) A Wash-Bot filled with water weighs up to 1,400 pounds, but is easily handled by a single person due to the machine's battery or diesel power, according to Albanesi. It also can easily be taken from one wash area to another, if a dealership has multiple wash bays, he adds. The device can easily reach to the top of the largest Class A motorhome, but the brushes only reach about a foot onto the roof of such a vehicle. Albanesi says that even a Newmar King Aire – which checks in at 13 feet, 6 inches tall – can easily be brought back to a full shine top to bottom by a Wash-Bot. Albanesi says the three key uses for the Wash-Bot at a deal- ership are keeping inventory clean, quickly prepping new sales and washing customers' RVs. Given that most dealerships are located along a major highway or adjacent to an interstate, any vehicles that poten- tially sit for a few weeks at a time are going to get splattered With a Bitimec Wash-Bot, a single operator walks the self-powered machine around the vehicle while it applies soap, power-brush- washes, and rinses, using minimal water and detergent. The device makes it possible for one person to wash an entire RV.

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