CSRA Camperland Augusta Blog
- 0 0Published on Apr 27, 2016
If you are pulling your RV out of storage for the first time this year chances are it is in need of a good cleaning to make it travel ready. And like a lot of people, the idea of cleaning your monstrosity of a vehicle is a little daunting. Taking it to a professional to be cleaned would be the easiest route but it’s not always the cheapest. Here are three simple steps to cleaning your RV without spending a fortune.
- Get rid of the junk!- The first step to cleaning anything is to get rid of the junk and clutter that may be inhabiting your living space. Any items leftover from last camping season that you want to get rid of, pitch it! Anything that you bought last camping season but never used, toss it! Especially get rid of anything that is expired, from old food to cleaning products, dispose of it. Cleaning out all the excess junk you don’t need or won’t use is the first step in thoroughly cleaning your RV.
- Organize! – Now that you’ve gotten rid of the excess clutter, you can focus on what you do have and organize to maximize your space. There are plenty of products out there that will help you keep your belongings organized and where they should stay without spending a pretty penny. Office products work perfect for organization. File folder holders, wire baskets, and desk organizers work wonders for storing smaller things in your RV’s kitchen cabinets, or in the bathroom, or under the bed. Plastic storage bins or totes work wonders for keeping bigger items together and making it easy to find something when you need it. There are many, many different sizes of totes that will fit perfect in the tight spaces of your RV. Shoe organizers work great for bedroom and bathroom storage, and the best part is, all of these products can be purchased for $20-$30, depending on how many items you plan on using.
- Time to clean!- Cleaning your RV from top to bottom is the last step in making your RV clean and travel ready. Interior- There are many products out there that work perfect for cleaning your RV and most are your typical household cleaners. Windex, Clorox Wipes, and a dust rags are you best friends when cleaning the inside of your RV. They can be used to clean windows, counter tops, kitchen appliances, bathroom sinks and so on. Plus, they are inexpensive and are readily available at pretty much any campground convenience store, grocery store, or gas station along your travels.
Other than cleaning the appliances, make sure to clean your vents as well. Dust collects with use so clean your vents with a vacuum hose and wipe the screens with a Clorox wipe.
DIY cleaning products are great if you are on a tight budget and they typically last longer than a bottle of your average cleaner. Here is a recipe for a DIY toilet cleaner.
- 1 cup Borax Detergent
- ½ cup of Calgone Water Softener
- Just mix together and sprinkle in the toilet. Its quick and easy to use and is safe on your water tanks.
Speaking of cleaning black water tanks, one cheap and easy way to clean the stuck on muck is to dump a bucket of ice into the tank before you set off on your first drive. The ice will bounce around inside the tank and knock all the muck off the walls.
There are a ton of other DIY cleaners out there that help you save money, all you have to do is google it.
Cleaning the exterior of your RV can be a little tricky because RV’s range in size from pop up campers to Class A luxury motorhomes that tower over 20 ft high. If you are brave enough to get up on the roof and clean your RV yourself, you’ll save a lot of money.
The best process for cleaning the exterior is to start at the top and work your way down, then it’s just like washing a car. Any kind of car or boat washing solution will suffice but be mindful of the condition of your RV. If your RV has a little wear and tear and some of the exterior finish is starting to oxidize, you will want to invest in an all-purpose heavy duty cleaner. Use a pump sprayer to get rid of the embedded dirt. RV’s that are newer and have a glossy finished exterior can use a wash and wax solution to keep your RV looking new and shiny. Most of the exterior wash products can be purchased from your local RV warehouse or on Amazon for around $20-$25 per gallon.
Keeping your RV clean and organized will not only make it pretty to look at but it will also help to extend the life of your RV and save you money on maintenance and repairs in the long run. What are some of your RV cleaning tips?
Many people choose to clean their RV’s themselves but if you would rather a professional tackle the dirty work for you give CSRA Camperland a call. Our service department can handle all of your RV cleaning and maintenance needs. Call our service department today to schedule an appointment at 800-568-2772.