RV Cleaning Tips and Resources
Having worked on hundreds of RV's, Motorhomes, Motor Coaches, and Toy Haulers over the past twenty-plus years, I am including this page of useful RV cleaning and maintenance tips. Not only will I be laying out specific tips to save you time and money, but actual products that will help you get professional results normally reserved for veteran detailers like myself.
The good news is that most of your car care products are the very same products you can use on your RV's, motorhomes, boats, and toy haulers. Despite the fact that RV's are constructed of numerous types of building materials, they all have a few things in common:
Follow along as I outline strategic tips of RV cleaning and maintenance for your new RV's, as well as the RV's that are looking a little rough around the edges.
RV WashingAs any RV-er knows, these "toys" are big! Washing your RV alone is problematic alone without even considering the waxing and detailing your RV. My experience has shown that a few common questions exist as to how to wash an RV or motorhome. The bigger the RV the bigger the hassle, and some professional tips will help to get you better results.
The objective of washing your RV is simply to get the dirt off of it. Using a soft brush is recommended to break loose the superficial dirt. Follow these additional RV cleaning and washing tips:
RV Washing Tips for RV's in Excellent Condition
If you are the proud owner of a brand new RV in excellent condition, or have the means to store your RV indoors, then you are ahead of the curve. Any quality car washing or RV washing product will suffice for basic RV washing. The higher-end RV's with full paint are especially suited for these types of products and will provide excellent results. Shopping for a multi-use product like a wash and wax will add even more visually fulfilling results.
Required Tools and Products for RV Washing
The following are my recommended picks for the necessary tools and products for basic RV washing. Use any of the secure links below to get your own.
If you are working alone, then pick the early morning or early evening when there is no direct sunlight to avoid water spotting in the heat. Start with the roof and work your way down onto the sides picking and finishing one side at a time until completion; this means both washing and drying one side at a time. Whether you are working alone or have some help, the The Water Sprite mop is an absolute must! The best way to avoid water spots and for professional results. It's like having an extra helping hand; no more climbing up and down the ladder endlessly trying to dry all the siding!
RV Washing Tips for RV's w/ Mild Oxidation
Most RV's are stored outdoors and are subject to the elements of weather. With this comes oxidation in its many levels. If you have an RV with mild levels of oxidation to the fiberglass or gel coat, then washing your RV with the kind of wash product from above will do little more than remove superficial dust and dirt. Once the fiberglass begins to oxidize and turn chalky, it begins to "soak" up the dirt. This makes for harder washing and waxing. Any of the traditional RV wash products will be ineffective at removing this embedded dirt from the oxidized surface, and this is where it can get tricky. I personally use a pump type of sprayer to spray some form of degreaser or heavy duty cleaner to the wet sides of the RV and scrub. It will be through the combination of the manual agitation and the heavy duty cleaner that you will be able to remove the typical black drip stains and embedded dirt from the oxidized siding.
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