Spring is in full bloom, and many RV’s are coming out of hibernation.
This is an exciting time of year, except in two cases. One, when pests have invaded. Two, when the roof has issues.
Nothing ends a vacation before it even starts faster than these.
Which is why we want to suggest simple ways to protect your RV from roof damage and pests.
Time to make both of these non-issues!
How To Protect the Roof of an RV
Inspecting your roof at least twice a year will keep any RV warranty intact. Whether yours is rubber or fiberglass doesn’t really matter.
But guess what is important?
Roof protection can negate the need for costly repairs and bad leaks.
And it’s really not too complicated or time intensive. It just takes scheduling time in your calendar. And with smartphone reminders you don’t need to lock it into your memory banks.
Washing your motorhome 2-4 times a year should take care of it. See, we told you it was simple!
Although many roofs are designed to hold your weight, confirm this ahead of time. Even if it is, the surface can get very slippery so it’s smart to use a quality ladder and wash from the sides.
Steps for Cleaning Your Roof
- Remove any debris that’s piled up
- Search for cracks along the caulking
- Get to washing!
- Remove any oxidation
- Add an RV roof protectant
The first two steps are self-explanatory but we have some tips once you reach number three.
- Work on small areas at a time
- Clean exposed sections on any slide covers
Soap and water are sufficient when washing. Waxing or polishing with a mild abrasive post wash can remove oxidation. Finish things off by using a protectant.
Not only does it add an extra layer of protection, but future cleanings will be a breeze!
Now your roof is able to handle whatever the elements throw at it. But what about pests?
Ways To Control Pests
Beyond a fraction of society which loves rodents, the rest of us prefer not to run into them…ever.
Especially in our motorhome.
But how do you control pests, or better yet keep them outside where they belong? Make the RV an unappealing place of shelter, water, and food.
The easiest solution is stuffing steel wool in every corner or opening. They aren’t fans of the texture.
And since you’ve just cleaned the exterior, focus on the interior next.
- (If in storage) remove anything that can double as nesting materials
- Clean out the ducting inside HVAC registers
- Empty anything edible from refrigerator, drawers, and cabinets
Doing so will flash a big “No Vacancy” sign to any prospective guests. Also be conscious of where you park the RV.
At the Campsite
Use rope lights or moth balls to surround it with a barrier for pests. Also position away from decrepit buildings, wood piles, overgrown fields, or wooded areas.
Ultrasonic pest repellants can be plugged into wall outlets to drive vermin away with sounds you or your pet won’t hear. Obviously they will require power to work properly.
Moth balls make the most sense since you can’t run lights round the clock. Place them under the RV all around.
Traps (rodents) and hotels (ants) at strategic locations can offer a second layer if the moth balls aren’t enough. Power is an issue so plug in repellants aren’t an option unless you’re hooked up to a generator.
And there you have it! You’re now on your way to preventing any hiccups for your planned vacation.
But you’re forgetting one thing.
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