Thanks for the positive comments. It's good to see that the blog is interesting and helpful.
As for the clean Flex, it got a bath to wash off the winter road salt early in the trip before entering Florida. The dirtiest it got after that was a thick coating of pollen, probably washed away by rain, and then it accumulated more road salt on the way home.
2012 Escape 19 towed by 2012 Ford Flex
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