How To Maintain Your RV Exterior

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How to Maintain your RV Exterior. To some, washing their RV may seem like a trivial maintenance item in comparison to getting it winterzed or checking the bearings, but keeping your rig clean is just as important to keeping your RV in top condition. Your RV is a big investment. Maintaining your RV exterior is crucial element to extending its life. To get the most out of your investment and keep it in good use for as long as possible, here are a few tips that can help.

 Keep it Clean

Keep your RV clean and clean it regularly. Dirt and muck on the exterior when left too long will be difficult to extract from the exterior which could stain or damage the surface. Try to wash your RV frequently (After every trip is a good rule) with a mild soap that works best for your exterior. Always start from the top of the RV and work your way down. Start by first rinsing the are you plan to clean then wash with a brush or mitt and then rinse again immediately to keep the soap from drying. Try to avoid getting water in any appliance vents. For tough bug and road dirt you can use a bug and tar remover. The best thing is to use a lot of water to break up the dirt.

Some great tools for Cleaning your RV:

Long handle Brush with a flow through handle  (Soft Bristles)

Wash mitt (Lambs wool works best)

-5 gallon bucket

Grit Guard Insert

See our Parts Catalog for all your Cleaning Needs!

*Warning: Don’t use cleaners containing petroleum, abrasives, or citric acids on rubber and vinyl roofs.

Should I Wax my RV?

It is a good idea to wax or polish your RV. Putting that extra coat on the surface can really help extend the life of your exterior. Remember to read your manual on care and maintenance and make sure you are using a product that fits with your Rig. When you apply the product the exterior should be completely dry. We use Thetford RV Wax and it is available here in the Parts Department.


Other Maintenance items to think about:

-Keep it covered. One of the best ways to keep your roof and exterior from the elements is to keep it covered with a good RV cover.

-Inspect your seams on the roof and exterior. If there is cracking, clean it and reseal. Be sure to use a sealant that is made for your type RV.

-Read your RV owner’s manual for maintenance recommended by the manufacturer. Some maintenance will be required to keep your Warranty in tact

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