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RVs offer an exciting way to travel the country on your own schedule, but they’re also huge investments. Once you decide to buy an RV, you’ll want to keep it in great condition by following these 4 tips.
1. Store Your RV in a Covered Area
The roof of your RV takes a lot of abuse from the sun and weather. Just one hailstorm could cause thousands of dollars in repairs.
By storing your RV in a covered area, you help protect the roof from damage. If you don’t have a garage that’s large enough for your RV, park under a steel roof.
If you drive your RV throughout the year, then you should check the roof regularly. Unfortunately, a lot of damage goes unnoticed because people just don’t look at their roofs very often.
2. Open Vents to Keep the RV Cool
A hot summer’s day can put your RV through hell. Heat can negatively affect anything that uses adhesives. That includes your floor, wall coverings, and seals.
If you plan to leave your RV parked in the hot sun, make sure you open the vents so the air can flow easily. This will help keep the temperature down, so that you don’t have to spend money on interior repairs.
3. Keep Moisture Out!
You do not want moisture in your RV. Given the right conditions, that moisture could turn into mold, which can create serious health problems.
It doesn’t take much work to keep an RV’s interior dry. Start by checking all the vehicle’s seals, especially those that run along the doors, windows, and roof.
If the seals look worn, cracked, or discolored, then it’s time to replace them. A little maintenance could save you a lot of hard work and money.
If you already have mold in your RV, you’ll need to scrub the affected area with a mixture of bleach and water. Throw away any brushes or sponges that you use while cleaning. They can hold spores that will cause mold to grow somewhere else in your RV.
4. Wash Your RV Regularly
Cleaning your RV regularly can help prevent rust and mold. It also gives you a chance to look at the RV up close so you can spot early damage.
You’ll want to start on top of the RV. Use a soft bristle brush to clean the area. Look at all the seals while you’re up there. Second, wash the sides and back of the RV with a soft-bristle brush and a washing soap made specifically for vehicles. A lot of dirt can accumulate near seals, so check them carefully.
The front of the RV presents some challenges as well. You’ll likely encounter a lot of smashed bugs. It’s gross, but you need to remove them before they clog your engine. A wet dryer sheet removes bugs pretty well.
Finally, you need to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Use a stiff brush to remove debris from moving parts. Then give it a good blast with a high-pressure wash. You can then add lubricant to keep parts in good shape during long drives.
How do you keep your RV in top condition? Have you ever seen a neglected RV that just needed some attention? How would you fix it up?