i took my truck to the full service car wash a few weeks ago. i was a little nervous of the minimum wage employees at the wheel of my pride and joy. i must admit i got great customer service because everyone was interested in it in some way. it took 4 guys to vacuum it out, and i think they flipped a coin to see who got the joy of driving it the 100ft to the tunnel. they had a sign up that said "trucks and oversized vehicles $1.00 extra" i argued with the manager about an "undersized vehicle discount" but it was to no avail. i kept my eye on them and made sure there was to tom-foolery, they did get a little silly with the "OOGA" horn but all was well. they had to stop the car wash half way through, it seems the spinning rag things got ahold of the battery box that was jerry-rigged on there (which lead to my old thread of battery box questions). once they got things right it was off to the drying area. it took 6 or 7 guys (i lost count) to dry the mini and and clean the windows. i was amused to say the least. today on my way home while trying to see through a bug covered windshield i passed my local car wash. they have a deal there to wash the whole vehicle outside only for $5. all you do is pull up, slide in your cash, stay in the car through the car wash. when you pull out of the tunnel they dry it for you and clean the windows. i opted for that option since it was 112*F and i didn't feel like sitting outside waiting for it to be done. so there i was, sitting in my truck entering the tunnel. everything was ok until the things started spinning. it sounded like they were going to rip through the sheet metal and snatch one of my legs or arms. i heard the roof buckle a couple times as the spinner started coming down from the ceiling. then an alarm went off and it all stopped. one of the spinners got tangle up in my ladder rack on the back of the cab. they fixed that and started me on my way again. i was laughing uncontrollably at this point, it felt like i was on an amusement park ride, getting tossed side to side and waiting for the next big scare... then i got to the end, that's when you hear the big fans come on, and the nozzles sweep back and forth and scare the water off. it felt worse than getting passed by a semi on the freeway. it was blowing so hard i thought it would rip the wipers right off the arms as they were flapping against the windshield. it was rocking back and forth even harder than before and i felt like it would blow me backwards and right over the thing under the tire that keeps you moving. but alas i made it through. the truck made it through undented and mirrors were only blown backwards but not ripped off by the thing that scares the water off. i must admit that all that soapy water makes for great burn-outs and fish-tails as you pull out of the tunnel. and as usual i got the gold star treatment with a bunch of guys drying it and cleaning the windows just to get a look inside.