How To Wash Your RV

bucketA common question asked by RVers is how often they should wash and wax their RV. While there isn’t a definitive answer and some RVers just can’t hit the road without having their rig washed and shiny, most recommend a good wash every 6 months. Washing your RV isn’t as easy as washing the family car because of its height, length, and features like slides. Regardless, proper washing of your RV is an important part of keeping it in the best working condition possible. A good washing also gives you the chance to really look at the condition of your RV and note any damage, loose seals, or rusty parts.

Before you begin the task of cleaning your RV you need to make sure you have all materials necessary and keep safety at the forefront of your mind. If you plan to get on the roof and give it a good scrub be sure to wear shoes that have exceptional grip. Boating shoes are a good choice. It’s also important to ensure you have someone to hold your ladder for you and call in case of an emergency. A fall from the roof can cause serious injury or even kill you, so taking proper precautions is extremely important. If you don’t have good balance or just aren’t up for it, save yourself the hassle and get it washed professionally.

You’ll also want to have a soft brush to wash the exterior with an extension handle to reach higher parts of the RV and a bucket with plain dishsoap. Dawn is a great choice because it cuts through grease. This “bucket starter kit” is perfect for new RVers or those looking to start washing their own RV. Remember to start washing your RV from the top down. You don’t want to wash the entire body of the RV and then wash the roof, only to pour dirty water down the sides of your freshly washed RV.

Using your soft bristled brush and a bucket of warm soapy water clean the roof of your RV, taking special care to remove vent covers and clean around them, and also detail the gutters. Once you’re satisfied with your roof you can begin to wash the sides of your RV. Pay special attention to any grime and dirt in the seams and seals as this can erode your seams over time and cause leaks. This must be done carefully, as scrubbing too hard can also damage your seams. Once you’ve washed the body of your RV it’s time to move toward the front – the area that hitches to your car. This usually takes a beating during towing and can often look like a graveyard for bugs. A good scrubbing should remove the bugs.

The last part to getting your RV spic and span is making sure it has a clean under body and waxing it. Using a stiff brush scrub away any dirt from the jacks, stabilizers, slide rails, etc. Once dry coat with a dry lubricant, like Slide Out Lubricant With Graphite. This lubricant is different than others in that it doesn’t pick up dirt. Once complete grab your favorite brand of RV wax and get to work! This monumental task is tedious, but a great way to ensure your RV doesn’t have any cracks in it or small problems that could turn into big issues. Waxing the front of your RV prevents bugs from sticking, so the next time you wash it they won’t be nearly as hard to remove.

After washing you can kick back, relax and admire your hard work. That is, before you hit the road and get it dirty again!

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