Requisites of RV Maintenance
RVs have become one of the safest and most popular vehicles of
Americans in recent years. Many RVers even think of dumping off their
property and lead a roaming life in their luxurious RVs. If cost of
maintenance prompts the RVers to think on such lines, they are then
highly mistaken in their notion. It is absolutely wrong to assume that
RVs require zero maintenance- it might not be as great as maintaining a
house, yet even your RV needs some attention!
The RV part that
requires greater attention is the roof. Regular maintenance and cleaning
of the roof is very essential for your RV. The frequency of cleaning it
will depend upon the place you are in. For example, if your RV is in an
arid region like Arizona, it will require less cleaning. But its tyres
will require greater attention, as they would get drier on account of
the hot and dusty weather. Most RV roofs are relatively flat and made of
rubber. Absence of roof slopes allows the dirt to stand still and hence
needs to be cleaned up at regular intervals.
RV roofs should be
cleaned with lots of care and it is highly necessary to follow the roof
manufacturer's recommendations. It's advisable to use soft scrubber and
bleach while cleaning your RV roof. The bleach is quite effective in
removing any mildew and whitening the rubber but make sure it is not
abrasive. Wipe the roof gently with a soft scrubber to let the grime
off. Spread the bleach and allow it to stay for a few minutes. The next
step is just as easy, for all you need to do is spray cool water through
a hose and wash off all the dirt.
There is one very important
thing before you take up the entire task. Prior to taking up the
cleaning work, you should make sure that the weather is sunny and dry
because your RV roof needs to dry up after being cleaned up with cool
water. Following this, the roof is to be coated with an UV/rubber
protection (recommended by your RV manufacturer). Sudden spell of rain
can make all your efforts vain. So make sure to conduct your cleaning
business at the right time.
Besides maintaining your RV roof,
there are several factors to be taken into consideration if you are
planning to store your RV for the winter. Following are some of the
points to remember before allowing your RV to hibernate:
1. Switch off any pilot lights followed by propane at the source.
2. Do not forget to drain all water from rig: hot water tank, fresh water tank and all lines both hot and cold.
Turn the refrigerator off. Defrost it and wipe dry. Leave the fridge
doors propped open slightly. This will allow some air circulation and
keep down mildew. You might put an open box of baking soda in the fridge
to help keep odors at bay.
4. Seal all outside openings to prevent critters from invading your rig and making a home.
Leave a window and a roof vent open just a bit. Open a window as far
away from the vent as possible to allow some air to circulate the entire
6. It is advisable to keep the tires off and use wood pads or Teflon pads after parking your rig.
Disconnect your RV's battery. It's always better to disconnect both
terminals. In extreme weather conditions, take the battery out and store
it in a moderate climate.
8. Make sure to clean and cover the air
conditioner. You can use a heavy plastic bag or covers that are easily
made available by most RV dealers.
9. Wash and wax your vehicle to prevent dirt build-up on your newly painted RV.
little tips can see your RV motorhome in good health for a long time.
Many RVers might now think that RV maintenance is a wearisome task. But
this is not the case. It's definitely convenient to maintain your RV
motorhome than your house- its doors, windows, lawns, gardens and much
more! This too might have accounted for the increasing popularity and
sale of RV motorhomes
in recent years. So live with the pride of owning a luxurious RV but do not forget 'nurture' it- i.e. to maintain it!
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