Like any other vehicle, RVs need to be maintained constantly to keep them in their prime condition. Poorly maintained vehicles, including RVs, can deteriorate faster. It will eventually end up becoming junk in your garage.
However, you can still do something to avoid that scenario. Prevention is better than cure, which is why you need to make time to maintain your RV properly. Here are some tips for easy and affordable RV maintenance.
DIY Your RV Cleaner
Homemade cleaners are safer to use than store-bought cleaners. Commercial RV cleaners can also be costly, which is why many RV owners are looking for an alternative to help them clean their RV and save money at the same time. The following are some DIY RV cleaners that you can do by yourself at home.
All-Purpose RV Cleaner
This cleaner can be used on every surface in your RV. This can successfully clean both the interior and the exterior of your vehicle.
Prepare a cup of white vinegar, 3 cups of water, two tablespoons of baking soda, and fifteen drops of tea tree oil. You can also use half a lemon as an alternative to tea tree oil.
Just mix all the mentioned ingredients in no particular order and apply them to every dirty surface inside and outside your RV. You can also remove corrosion on your aluminum wheels by using this DIY cleaner. Just apply it to your wheels, scrub it or rub it with a nylon sponge, and it will look brand new.
RV Glass and Mirror Cleaner
There are so many mirrors and glass cleaners available in the market. All are surely effective, but they are not guaranteed to be safe, especially if you have kids that often spend their time inside your RV.
To start making your mirror and glass cleaner, you have to prepare half a cup of vinegar, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, 4 cups of water, 2 tbsp cornstarch, and a quarter cup of lemon juice.
Mix all the ingredients and place them in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture to windows, windshields, mirrors, and all glass surfaces in your RV, and wipe it with a clean cloth. For hard-to-remove stains, apply pressure when wiping them with a clean cloth.
Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner
Chemical upholstery and carpet cleaners that can be bought in stores can damage the material when used in the long term. You might want to consider an all-natural and chemical-free alternative.
You will only need two ingredients for a homemade chemical-free upholstery and carpet cleaner. One is baking soda, and the second ingredient is the orange essential oil. The baking soda will do the cleaning, and the orange essential oil will leave a fresh smell on your upholstery and carpet.
Mix around 20-30 drops of orange essential oil to the baking soda. You can adjust the amount of the essential oil depending on how strong you want the fabric’s scent. Sprinkle the mixture to areas you want to clean and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before vacuuming the powder.
RV Roof Cleaner
One more RV cleaner that is essential to have is the roof cleaner. RVs roofs are made of rubber, which improves the durability of the vehicle. A chemical roof cleaning solution is not recommended for cleaning your RV’s roof as it can deteriorate quickly.
To make your mild DIY roof cleaner help you get rid of that dirt, tree sap, and bird poop on your roof, you will need a gallon of water, 2 tbsps mineral spirits, 2 tbsps Dishwashing soap, and a long-handled brush.
First, you have to prepare your roof for washing. It is recommended to use a garden hose with high-pressure water to get rid of loose filth. Use the long-handled brush and dip it in the bucket with the water and soap mixture. Brush off all the dirt on your roof and rinse it with water afterward.
Take a clean piece of cloth and damp it with mineral spirit and wipe it on your roof. It can help get rid of all the stains that were left behind after brushing it. This mixture can also be used to clean tires on your RV.
DIY Oil Change
Another way to save from your RV maintenance is to do oil changing by yourself. Bringing your RV to a service center will cost you more by charging the person who will do the oil change. Oil is what makes your engine going. Using dirty oil will make your engine break down and become inoperable.
Regularly changing your engine oil will prolong the engine’s life. There are many instructions available on how to change your engine oil by yourself. It is a pretty straightforward job that anyone can learn to do. You do not need to be a professional or a mechanic to change it. This is also applicable to your generator’s engine oil.
You must take care of your RV, especially if you apply for an RV loan just to purchase it. Making sure your engine will live long is important. You do not want to spend another dollar for an engine repair or, worse, purchase a new engine.
If your RV needs a simple repair, you can just do it yourself, especially if it is just minor repairs. Maintaining your RV also means repairing simple issues you can find here and there. It is also best to repair small issues to prevent them from getting bigger and cost you more. Safety chains should never be overlooked for regular maintenance, they are the glue holding your awesome towing adventure together.
Like in changing oil, there is so much information available online on how to fix minor repairs. Depending on what and where this is, you can learn to repair it on your own. If the problem persists, and if you can not handle the issue yourself, it is time you call a professional.
You will need to take your time and shop around with a local mechanic and compare rates and reputation if you need to. You can also ask for recommendations from your family and friends. And maybe one of your peers knows how to assist you in repairing your RV.
If you are not able to purchase a new RV or even if you can, you need to take care of your RV to increase its lifespan. And there is nothing wrong with opting for a more cost-efficient way of maintaining your vehicle. Remember, every penny counts and makes saving a habit.
Lauren Cordell is a full-time content writer who likes to write about travel and finance. She grew up in a family of travelers and was traveling most of her life. Lauren mostly spends her spare time traveling. If not, she takes over the kitchen to bake and cook for her family.