Keep the camper clean

Keeping your RV ( camper ) clean is a big job but it is one of those things that needs to be done. Unfortunately, the bigger the RV the bigger the job can be. There are obviously two ways that this can be done. You can either do-it-yourself or you can pay someone to do it for you. I fall in the do-it-yourself category because I’m too cheap to pay someone to do something that I can do myself, at least most of the time.

We just brought our camper back from the Farm Country RV Park in Medina, Texas where it has been parked for the last six months. Because of the water shortage out in that area, the campground owner will not allow any camper washing with his water. Therefore, it has been six months since the camper has had a bath. It was overdue for a wash so the first thing that I did after getting the trailer unloaded was to wash and wax it. I also sealed the rubber roof with a rubber roof sealer from “Protect All” with the UV protection. For those, like myself, who leave their campers in the open all the time, protecting the rubber roof is very important. A new roof is very expensive!

I like to wash the roof of the trailer at least two or three times a year. There is a rubber roof cleaner available but I was told when I got my first trailer to just use “Dawn Liquid Soap” on the roof. It is cheaper and just as good for getting the dirt off. For the sides of the trailer I use Gel-Gloss Wash and Wax
iconI have been using this for a long time and really like it. It is pink and reminds me of Pepto Bismol but it does a great job of getting the dirt and bugs off and leaves a bit of shine on the trailer.

The wind, sun and bugs dish out more punishment on the front and end caps of the trailer than the sides. By keeping the front waxed, it prevents the oxidation and keeps the bugs from sticking too badly. The bugs come off a well waxed surface much better than one that is not waxed. The sides of the trailer will dull over time. They also get the black streaks that come from the water runoff from the roof. The cleaner the roof the less black streaks you will have. But the sides need to be waxed to keep them looking good.

I knew that I needed to wax the sides of my trailer this time, but I wasn’t sure what to use. As with any product there are several different choices. I was thinking along the lines of a paste wax but that would involve a lot of buffing and I’m not into a lot of buffing. After going to the local RV dealer, I came away with a liquid type of wax. It is another Gel-Gloss product that is a one step cleaner and polish
icon. All you do is apply it with a clean cloth, let it dry to a dull film and then wipe off with another clean cloth. I was very impressed with the way that this polish worked. When I put it on, I rubbed it in a little and it took off spots and black streaks that did not come off when I washed the trailer. It was very easy to use but when you have a 38 foot 5th wheel, it takes a lot of hours to complete the job. When I finished, the trailer looked like it had just come off the show room floor.

As I said earlier, taking care of your trailer (RV) is very important.  You pay a lot of money for something that takes a lot of beating on your travels.  This isn’t a stationary structure like your house.  Your camper goes through much more than a house ever will.  I know…some people don’t move their camper.  They still need to be taken care of just like you would your house.  Take care of your house or your mobile house and it will last for many many years.

Brad on Roof of Camper

Sealing the roof


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