After a huge season of traveling across the country, it is time to spend a couple of days taking care of basic maintenance on our 32 foot travel trailer named Millie! This year, we have traveled from coast to coast and as far as south as Big Bend to New York City in the north. We have put a lot of miles on our rig. We had temperatures from well below freezing in the Appalachian mountains to 117 in the desert.
#5 Deep Clean
We encountered everything from sand to snow this year, so absolutely every corner needed to be swept and scrubbed. Luckily, it is a relatively small space. If you plan well, you really can clean every corner in a reasonable amount of time. Our first tip is to get everything off the floor.
Candace loves the smell of this Mrs. Meyers cleaning product in the geranium scent. Also, it’s really important to use natural products. These small spaces will make you feel soaked in chemicals if you use harsh products. We scrub every nook and cranny, which actually only took about one hour. Remember, it is not like cleaning your house. It is a small space. Next, we have tried every vacuum. Every vacuum. We will NEVER buy anything but Dyson. We have one in the kitchen at home, one at our land in the country, and one in the travel trailer. They are expensive, but they last for years!
This one is on sale! It is cordless and holds a charge for a long time. Perfect for those weekend trips or even longer stays!Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
It is worth every penny. Their customer service is simply the best, and the product just works for years and years. Our oldest Dyson vacuum is 11 years old, and still works and looks like new. In fact, this weekend, the battery died on the smaller one in the kitchen, and we called Dyson. They are having a new battery overnight shipped to us for free. Can’t get better than that.
#4 Rotate your tires
Proper tire inflation, good general care, and regular rotation will allow to prolong the life of your tires for years. Every 6,000-8,000 miles you should rotate those tires. This is something you can do yourself if you know how, but of course you can have someone do it. The rear axle tires will wear more easily, so rotate is key to good tires. Move the back forward and criss-cross them.
Be sure to keep your tires properly inflated. Candace is an avid cyclist and will tell you the immense difference it makes to keep your tires inflated properly. Check your tires often.
#3 Repaint any rusted metal
There are several areas on your rig that may be prone to rusting, especially after a season out in the elements. We recommend that you prime and re-paint those each year and do touch ups as needed. It might sound like a big task, but it really doesn’t take much time. Brian repainted our sway system quickly and easily this weekend in about an hour, which included lots of sitting in the sun and beer drinking, so let’s say 30 minutes is plenty of time! Here is the before shot of the bars in the sway system. First, you need to grind off and wire brush all rusted areas. Then, primer and paint!
Just spray on the primer. Let it dry. Then, spray on the final coat.
Quick and easy, but it makes a huge difference on the life of this expensive equipment!
#2 Reseal your seams
Due to weathering and just wear over time, you may find gaps or nearly gaps in your rig. You can easily seal these to prolong usage. If you don’t store your RV in some pristine, climate-controlled place, then you are like most RVers! This means, you should invest a weekend every year in some maintenance.
We like this product from Amazon, and it is on sale! Really cheap but huge improvement to the longevity of your RV investment!Flex Seal Spray Rubber Sealant Coating
We recommend getting up on your roof – SAFELY – and checking out any gaps around your AC unit, vents, panels, around all slides, etc. The directions for usage are very straightforward and easy to follow.
#1 Clean the outside of your RV
Luckily, we have a power washer, so this task is made quite quick and easy! You can use a variety of products, and it is important to consider the usage, weather, and level of dirtiness of your RV!
We opted for this cleaner from Amazon. After reviewing our travels this year, and let’s be real, the ease of using Amazon, we chose this product, and it worked great!
However, we did learn that you need to go back over your windows with glass cleaner as it will streak. (Also, it is good to note that your tires need different care than your rig. Don’t just spray them down with the same chemicals.) Dare we say, this was actually fun! After about 30 minutes of power washing and cleaning, Millie Falcon was already looking bright sun-shiny, ready for another few thousand miles!