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This is just a heads up. Bought this at Costco to wash/wax RV. Looked pretty sturdy. Just used it. Took it out, hooked up hose, turned hose on, lifted brush to side of RV, did one stroke up and one down and --- handle broke off. So I got drenched and washed instead of RV. Inspected handle. It was attached to a metal piece on the Brush/pipe by a mechanism with two plastic tabs. The plastic tabs had broken off about 1/3 in on each side.

I contacted the Carrand Co. by e-mail and described above. They replyed and are sending a new handle at no cost. I told them it was a good brush with, my opinion, an engineering defect.

The brush and pipe was great. I told them I can't believe they would use a cheap plastic connector and that I was going to post this experience. I suspect I'm not the only person this has happened to. The tabs should be metal.

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ShovelNSwat wrote:

This is just a heads up. Bought this at Costco to wash/wax RV. Looked pretty sturdy. Just used it. Took it out, hooked up hose, turned hose on, lifted brush to side of RV, did one stroke up and one down and --- handle broke off. So I got drenched and washed instead of RV. Inspected handle. It was attached to a metal piece on the Brush/pipe by a mechanism with two plastic tabs. The plastic tabs had broken off about 1/3 in on each side.

I contacted the Carrand Co. by e-mail and described above. They replyed and are sending a new handle at no cost. I told them it was a good brush with, my opinion, an engineering defect.

The brush and pipe was great. I told them I can't believe they would use a cheap plastic connector and that I was going to post this experience. I suspect I'm not the only person this has happened to. The tabs should be metal.


Kind of the same thing I think about those tent stakes that look like big nails - they go into hard terrain great! But they attach these pitiful plastic hooks on top that almost always break when you go to pull them out!

That never made sense to me, much like what you refer to in your post. PUtting strong materials in part of a product, and cheapo plastic in areas that will be stressed - just plain stupid.

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I just came back from Costco and I was just looking at that!! Sam's Club has one too and I was going to compare them. Thanks for the info.


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ShovelNSwat wrote:

This is just a heads up. Bought this at Costco to wash/wax RV. Looked pretty sturdy. Just used it. Took it out, hooked up hose, turned hose on, lifted brush to side of RV, did one stroke up and one down and --- handle broke off. So I got drenched and washed instead of RV. Inspected handle. It was attached to a metal piece on the Brush/pipe by a mechanism with two plastic tabs. The plastic tabs had broken off about 1/3 in on each side.

I contacted the Carrand Co. by e-mail and described above. They replyed and are sending a new handle at no cost. I told them it was a good brush with, my opinion, an engineering defect.

The brush and pipe was great. I told them I can't believe they would use a cheap plastic connector and that I was going to post this experience. I suspect I'm not the only person this has happened to. The tabs should be metal.



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ShovelNSwat wrote:

This is just a heads up. Bought this at Costco to wash/wax RV. Looked pretty sturdy. Just used it. Took it out, hooked up hose, turned hose on, lifted brush to side of RV, did one stroke up and one down and --- handle broke off. So I got drenched and washed instead of RV. Inspected handle. It was attached to a metal piece on the Brush/pipe by a mechanism with two plastic tabs. The plastic tabs had broken off about 1/3 in on each side.

I contacted the Carrand Co. by e-mail and described above. They replyed and are sending a new handle at no cost. I told them it was a good brush with, my opinion, an engineering defect.

The brush and pipe was great. I told them I can't believe they would use a cheap plastic connector and that I was going to post this experience. I suspect I'm not the only person this has happened to. The tabs should be metal.


We were looking at that product last week. Now, with more information that purchase will be reconsidered. Sorry you had trouble but...

Thanks for sharing your experience!


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I have never had a good experience with brush-dispenser combos, and this experience by the OP is typical of what happens. A hose and pail with broom is the much better, and now I have a power washer with a fan setting that I can use to spray down with water or soap.


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When going by a truck stop next time, check their store. They sell some heavy duty brushes with extension sticks (for cleaning their rigs). I've had mine for years, reliable and still works great.

Now as for the soap dispensor, I'm still using the old 5-gal plastic paint pail.

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Three Piece Fiberglass & Aluminum Extension Handle

The above is what I purchased at a Flying J truckstop years ago. Very durable and almost every screw-on brush will fit it.

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Sounds great ... I will look for this item

NC-Hawk wrote:

When going by a truck stop next time, check their store. They sell some heavy duty brushes with extension sticks (for cleaning their rigs). I've had mine for years, reliable and still works great.

Now as for the soap dispensor, I'm still using the old 5-gal plastic paint pail.



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I thought this brush would be useful in washing my trailer, but I ended up busting it on it's second use. I noticed that the end was secured to the unit by a plastic connector and consciously tried NOT to grab the handle by the very end, but when reaching across the roof with the brush, it's only natural to grab it by the end. It's got a good brush and the extendable aluminum pole is pretty sturdy, but the product is only as good as it's weakest link which is obviously the crappy plastic connector.

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