Sometimes it is pretty daunting to face the task of washing an entire RV, especially when you are doing it solo. Also, some RV parks do not allow you to wash your RV on premises because of the amount of water usage, as well as getting the grounds wet. But how often should you actually wash it and why?
The frequency of washing an RV depends on various factors such as usage, environment, and weather conditions. If you ended up travelling on muddy or dusty roads you will need to wash it more frequently than if most of your RV trips are just short drives away to the campground.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Regular washing: You should wash your RV at least once every three months to maintain its appearance and prevent dirt and grime buildup.
- After trips: If you go on a trip with your RV, it’s a good idea to wash it after you return home to remove any bugs, dirt, or debris that may have accumulated on the exterior. Pay special attention to the grill area on the front of the RV, as this will usually be the area with debris that can be harder to wash off.
- Before storage: If you’re putting your RV in storage for an extended period, you should give it a thorough cleaning to protect the exterior from damage and prevent any mold or mildew from forming.
- Depending on the environment: If you park your RV near trees or in areas with a lot of pollen or pollution, you may need to wash it more frequently to prevent buildup and protect the exterior from damage.
Some coatings on RVs require more frequent washing, such as a gel coat, because build up can actually damage that coating that keeps your RV looking nice.
In general, it’s a good idea to wash your RV whenever it looks dirty or starts to show signs of wear and tear. Regular cleaning can help maintain the appearance of your RV and prolong its lifespan.
If you aren’t able to wash your vehicle yourself at home or where you park your RV, many truck stops have washing bays you can do it yourself. And some even offer services where they will wash it for you! Your local RV Facebook group can usually point you in the right direction for which places accommodate RVs.