How to Clean Your RV

Being on the road often, driving and parking in the dirt, and traveling through various weather conditions all put your RV through a lot. The cleaner you keep your RV, the easier it will be to avoid the normal wear and tear from traveling throughout the year. (You should aim to wash the exterior of your RV at least once a quarter, if not more depending on how often you travel and where you go.) 

An RV seems like a lot of work to clean but doing little things frequently will make it seem like less of a daunting task and help you take pride in your ride.  

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Read the Instruction Manual

Your RV’s instruction manual is a treasure-trove of information that can give you tips and tricks for cleaning your RV’s exterior and interior. This includes what type of cleaners you should and shouldn’t use and any specialized care instructions. For further information, try your RV manufacturer’s website for extra tips on cleaning and making your RV sparkle. Failure to read the instruction manual could lead to damage to your RV’s surfaces and finishes. 

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Ditch the Brand-Name Products

Most RV materials aren’t any different than other types of vehicle or living material. It’s easy to want to purchase the brand-name cleaner or solution that’s made exclusively for RVs, but the truth is many common and generic household cleaners work perfectly well to keep your RV sparkling including dish soap, window cleaner, even distilled white vinegar. Those fancy products at the RV superstore are appealing, but they're typically more expensive. 

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Invest in a Quality Handheld Vacuum

The small interior of an RV means several nooks and crannies that can quickly fill up with food debris, dust, and whatever else your adventures track in. A normal vacuum cleaner is too bulky for most RVs so invest in a high-quality handheld vacuum. Talk to other RVers and read reviews to find the best match for your RV. Always look for a vacuum with a hose attachment to reach the smallest parts of your ride. 

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Clean Both Sides of the Windows

You don’t want the window to your surroundings to be clouded with filth and grime, so clean both the inside and outside of your windows to see clearly. If you have a smaller RV, this can easily be accomplished by any window cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth. If you have several large windows, you should consider an extendable squeegee, or you can take the easy route and get yourself a membership at an oversized local carwash. 

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Don’t Forget Your Window and Door Seals

The window and door seals of your RV are typically made of rubber, which can attract dust and dirt. Regularly clean your window and door seals with mild dish detergent or a specialized cleaner. In this case, you might want to spend a little more on a cleaner that won’t just clean, but also moisturize seals to keep them lasting longer. This is especially important if you’re driving it in the arid American west or southwest which can dry out seals. 

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Dump Those Tanks

Your gray and black water tanks can be the source of many nasty odors, and while tanks don’t directly affect your RV’s appearance, a poorly maintained tank will bother you while hanging inside and outside your ride. Dump and flush your tanks as necessary to keep your whole ride refreshed. Keep a pair of strong rubber gloves, a hose, a bucket, and other necessary items stored away exclusively for dumping and cleaning your tanks. 

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Prevent Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are major enemies of RVers, and they thrive in moisture, so reduce moisture within your RV. This includes running your air conditioning in humid environments, o