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Tips For an RV Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Have you been twitching with excitement about the beginning of RVing season? But somehow you just can’t seem to get started on your RV’s Spring cleaning and prepping for your first Spring camping trip. The hardest part is getting started. Once you’re hands on with the chore, you will get a roll on. So to help you get started, here is a brief list of tips. Pick the item that is the most palatable to start with, and after you check it off the list you will easily transition to the next, and the next, and the next.

Wash the outside. When you see how spiffy it looks that becomes a great incentive to continue.

Use the proper cleaning products for fiberglass, rubber, windows, and for removing bugs. These are available in RV supply stores like Camping World.

A long-handled telescoping pole with multiple attachments (brushes, squeegee, soft mitt for waxing, etc.) will make your job easier.

This is also the right time to inspect for cracks in caulking around windows and roof mounted vents and TV antennas.

Inspect inside for any evidence of water leaks.

Clean your wheels and tires and while at it inspect tire tread depth and look for cracks in tread and sidewalls. If in doubt, have a professional inspect the tires and determine whether replacement is necessary. Use a cleaning agent specific for tires and wheels.

Various companies make a thin plastic film that you can apply to the front of your rig to make cleaning off bug juice and road grime easier. It also helps prevent rock dings.

When you’re finished with the exterior cleaning, it’s time for waxing. There are products that claim to wax and wash at the same time, while on the other end of the product list are paste waxes that require an electric buffing tool and lots of grunt work. Bottom line – the easier it is the least amount of time the coating will last. Put in the work and you will have a shiny vehicle much longer.

Air it out. Open the windows.

Dust all surfaces and the dash area. Use lens wipes for the glass gauges.

Use the proper product if you have leather seats. For cloth seats you can vacuum or launder thr removable covers.

After the dust has settled, vacuum the floors and carpeting. If you have the right attachments, vacuum your carpeted sidewalls, curtains, and draperies as well. Use a hand vacuum for inside cabinets, lockers, and drawers. Inspect for rodent droppings, mold, and mildew as well. Check for water leaks while you have your lead in the cabinets.

Wash the inside of windows.

While you are in cleaning mode, there are other safety and operational checks that are easier to do if you include them along with your cleaning regimen. These include:

Check for fluid leaks and that they are all at their desired levels.

Change the engine oil and filter or put it on you check list to have it done before your first Spring trip.

Check battery connections for corrosion and clean terminals. Spray with anti-corrosive.

Test batteries in all smoke detectors and CO detectors.

Verify that your fire extinguisher’s pressure gauge is still in the green zone. If not, have it serviced.

Turn on all appliances and air conditioner and check for proper operation.

Difley, Bob. “Tips For An RV Spring Cleaning.” Good Sam Camping Blog. 29 May 2015. Web. 22 April 2015. http://blog.goodsam.com/?p=31646

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