Being on the road often, driving and parking in dirt, and traveling through various weather conditions all put a lot of wear and tear on your RV. The cleaner you keep your RV, the easier it will be to avoid the normal wear and tear of travel throughout the year. (You should try to wash the exterior of your RV at least once a quarter, if not more, depending on how often you travel and where you go.)
A motorhome seems like a lot of work to clean, but doing little things frequently will make it seem like a less daunting task and help you take pride in your vehicle.
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1 – Read the instruction manual
Your RV owner’s manual is a treasure trove of information that can give you tips and tricks for cleaning your vehicle’s exterior and interior. It includes the type of cleaners you should and should not use and any specialized care instructions. Failure to read the owner’s manual can damage the surfaces and finishes of your RV.
2 – Abandoning branded products
Most RV materials aren’t any different than other types of vehicle or living material. It’s easy to want to purchase the brand-name cleaner or solution that’s made exclusively for RVs, but the truth is many common and generic household cleaners work perfectly well to keep your RV sparkling including dish soap, window cleaner, even distilled white vinegar. Those fancy products at the RV superstore are appealing, but they’re typically more expensive.
3 – Invest in a quality handheld vacuum cleaner
The small interior of a motorhome means several nooks and crannies that can quickly fill up with food debris, dust and whatever else your adventures bring with them. A regular vacuum cleaner is too bulky for most RVs, so invest in a high-quality handheld vacuum cleaner.
4 – Clean both sides of the windows
You don’t want the window to your surroundings to be fogged up with dirt and grime, so clean both the inside and outside of your windows to see clearly. If you have a small camper, this can be easily accomplished with any window cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth. If you have several large windows, you should consider an extendable squeegee, or you can take the easy way out and become a member of a local large car wash.
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5 – Do not forget door and window seals.
Your RV’s window and door seals are often made of rubber, which can attract dust and dirt. Regularly clean the window and door seals with a mild dish detergent or a specialized cleaner. In this case, you may want to spend a little extra on a cleaner that not only cleans, but also moisturizes the seals so they last longer
6 – Getting rid of those tanks.
Your gray and black water tanks can be the source of many unpleasant odors, and while the tanks don’t directly affect the appearance of your RV, a poorly maintained tank will bother you while you’re in and out of your vehicle. Empty and rinse your tanks as needed to keep your entire trip fresh. Keep a pair of sturdy rubber gloves, a hose, bucket and other necessary items stored exclusively for emptying and cleaning your tanks.
7 – Preventing mold and dampness
Mold is one of the main enemies of motorhomers and thrives in humidity, so reduce the humidity in your motorhome. This includes running the air conditioner in humid environments, opening windows and doors when possible, and purchasing moisture-absorbing packets for closets and storage areas. If you have a garment that reeks of mildew, avoid detergent, as it can feed the bugs. Wash clothes that smell musty in a washing machine with a couple of cups of distilled white vinegar to kill the bugs and leave clothes smelling fresh.
8 – Replace the propane tank
Nothing can make your RV look like an old can faster than old, rusty propane tanks. If you often refill your tanks, consider replacing them if they’re looking decrepit or giving them a fresh coat of paint if they’re still in good shape. Just as painting the door can quickly change the overall look of a home, so can shiny, clean tanks.
9 – Shine your tires
Tires are obviously an important part of your RV’s exterior, and nothing makes your adventure wagon look better than sleek, shiny, black tires. Most commercial tire cleaners are perfectly suitable for RV rims, so just read some consumer reviews first. To get the nicest looking tires, simply rinse your tires, scrub them with a natural brush and tire cleaner, and finish with a tire shine spray. If you drive a large truck, you can speed up the tire cleaning process by taking your vehicle to a large vehicle wash.
10 – Don’t forget the roof
The roof of your RV is one of the most important parts to maintain to prevent interior leaks and other problems. Many modern RV roofs are constructed with membrane roofs, but you still see many metal roofs on the road. If yours is metal, you can wash it as you would the exterior of your RV, but if your RV is made of a modern membrane roof, it is recommended that you use a specialized cleaner found in RV and camping stores. A twice-yearly cleaning of a membrane roof is usually sufficient to keep it in good condition. Use this time to inspect the roof for tears, cracks, rips or other damage.
11 – Supply yourself with magic erasers.
Magic erasers can pick up traces of dirt and stains that even powerful cleaners can’t touch. Magic erasers are essentially blocks of incredibly fine sandpaper, so make sure they won’t damage your RV surfaces or materials before using them. RV forums are a great place to find tips and suggestions that you may not be able to find on the manufacturer’s website, such as using magic erasers for cleaning.
12 – Emptying the refrigerator
It can be easy to forget about last night’s leftovers or the “catch of the day” in the bottom of your RV’s cooler, but stinky items can stink up the small space of an RV. Be careful what goes into your RV’s cooler and clean its contents often. If you are cleaning your RV for the season, leave several reminders to clean out the fridge or you will have something very stinky to return to when you are taking your RV out for the season. It happens more often than you think.
13 – Clean the storage area
The storage areas of your RV can harbor dirt and unpleasant odors. They can also harbor mold, mildew, fungus and other nasty bugs. Clean your RV storage areas, including outside storage, frequently to prevent dust and dirt buildup. Always check the nooks and crannies of your RV storage areas to make sure nothing is left behind that could become odorous.
14 – Washing the running gear
The chassis of your RV can be a source of grease, mud and anything else your RV has picked up over the miles. By cleaning the undercarriage, you reduce the chances of nasty debris underneath your vehicle ending up on the outside of your RV. Undercarriage cleaning can also reduce noxious fumes and odors. Manually washing the undercarriage is a difficult task, but fortunately, many large car washes offer undercarriage cleaning for a small fee.
15 – Perform routine maintenance
A poorly maintained RV is much more likely to give you cleanliness problems. Smoky exhaust, loose oil and other unpleasant things from a neglected RV can paint the side of your vehicle an unpleasant color. By properly maintaining the inner workings of your RV, you can reduce noxious smoke odors and choke the air around you and the exterior of your RV.
16 – Refresh your mattress and bedding
Es fácil salir de viaje y pasar dos, tres o incluso cuatro semanas sin cambiar las sábanas y el colchón. Esas sábanas sucias pueden dejarte una sensación de suciedad y pueden llenarse de sudor y células muertas de la piel. Viaja siempre con dos juegos de sábanas para cambiarlas rápidamente. Si tu colchón huele a humedad, quita todas las sábanas, rocía el colchón con una mezcla de agua y aceite esencial de lavanda y deja que se airee durante varias horas, preferiblemente durante la noche.
17 – Think pressure washing
Some drivers rely on pressure washing their RVs, while others would never attempt it. It all depends on personal preference and the type of RV owned. Pressure washing can damage the roof and paint on some models, depending on how they are built and what they are made of. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines on cleaning the exterior of your RV and consider calling your dealer to ask what they recommend.
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