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rv-pro.com May 2017 • RV PRO • 47 with deposits of dirt. Most dealers, therefore, will wash their inventory at least once every three or four weeks. New vehicles, also soiled from outdoor storage, can be washed in half the time, and Wash-Bots also can bring back more satis- fied customers who have brought in an RV for service, according to Albanesi. "Let's say somebody comes in for a major repair with a $3,000 bill. If you give them back the vehicle washed, it will make the bill much easier to swallow. It's a better service," he says. "All auto dealers do this now." The Bitimec Wash-Bot isn't inexpensive. Depending upon the model, the units sell for between $20,000 and $33,000. Still, one dealer who purchased the product told RV PRO that his Wash-Bot has paid for itself 10 times over in the past 10 years. Wash-Bots come with a two-year warranty on parts and a five- year warranty on the brush driveline. Bitimec has been making the devices for nearly 30 years, but only made an entry into the North American RV industry during the RV Dealers Association Convention/Expo in 2011. Wash-Bots also have applications for the truck, bus and even train industries. www.wash-bots.com Savvy dealers use the Bitimec Wash-Bot to keep their inventory clean, to prep new sales units and to wash customers' RVs after they have been serviced.

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