RV exterior care

Just like your home or family vehicle, your RV needs care. By making a habit of maintaining the exterior on a regular basis, you’ll be able to enjoy many years of reliable service and use from your recreational vehicle. Here are a couple of tips to take care of your investment.

Exposure to the sun and harsh weather can damage the exterior of your RV. Because it is not always possible to park in the shade, you can keep it in a shelter or cover it when not in use. This is the best way to keep the paint from fading, and any rubber or vinyl to dry out and deteriorate. Always wash your RV after returning from a trip using a mild soap and water, using a soft automotive brush. Try to keep a schedule of waxing the RV about twice a year.

It’s important to look regularly for cracked or loose sealants around the windows, doors, vents and slide outs to make sure no water gets in. Water penetration can go unnoticed for a long period of time, weakening the roof and walls of your RV. If you have any doubts about the integrity of a seal, have a professional to look at it.

Check the roof often and remove debris like branches and leaves.

A dirty roof can cause streaks of dirt to appear down the sides. But before you climb the ladder, consult your manual for warnings and tips about walking on the roof. Because the roofs of some RVs are not designed to be walked on. There are several types of roofs, your owner manual should also indicate what product to use for your unit.

Another detail that most people forget is the tires. Just like with any other vehicles, it important to inspect your RV tires regularly for proper inflation and for wear. As a preventative measure, you can protect your RV’s tires by using tire covers that you can install when your RV is not in use.

RV maintenance is not an easy task, if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can take it to Fender’s for a detailing estimate. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!