Quick Tips for the Exterior Care of your Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, or Travel Trailer
- Bugs and bird droppings on your paint, grillwork and windshield? Saturate the area with spray cooking oil & let it sit for 10 minutes then wash the windshield as usual. To remove salt deposits from a painted metal RV exterior, wash with a solution of baking soda and warm water. For extra heavy stains, make a baking soda paste and rub on with a damp sponge. Rinse well. Wash your RV on a cloudy day or in the shade. Use warm but not hot water, as hot water can bleach paint.
- Clean your RV from the top down so that you're following the direction of gravity. If you can, clean the roof too so that dirt doesn't run down the sides during rain and heavy dew.
- WD-40 serves as an alternative to commercial bug & tar remover on the oily road buildup that accumulates on the lower panels of your RV. Wash the RV as usual after application.
- To make your tires look like new, scrub them clean with soap and water using a hard bristle brush, then apply self-polishing floor wax.
- To clean tough spots on your windows, wipe down with rubbing alcohol, allow to dry, then clean as usual.
- Renew your windshield wiper blades by cleaning with a low-abrasion scouring powder then wiping them with rubbing alcohol. Makes the wipers last longer and stops them from streaking.
- A child's wax crayon, close to the same color, makes an effective repair to tiny scratches on your paint. Rub the crayon over the scratch, then buff smooth with a clean cloth.
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