The exterior walls of RVs can be made up of any number of surfaces. It could be aluminum, fiberglass, gel coat, or maybe even full body paint. But all exterior surfaces of RVs require care and there are two ways to do that. First, an RV wash and wax job is needed to remove the dirt, grime and contamination that has accumulated on the exterior surface. After the outside is clean, it is important to also apply some kind of wax or other protection against the elements and the sun’s UV damage.
Washing and Waxing Your RV – The Old Way
In the old days, cleaning an RV meant the use of soapy water, some kind of mitt or brush and a water rinse from a garden hose or pressure washer. After washing, the surface needed to be dried to prevent water spots. Then to protect the cleaned surface some kind of wax was usually applied by hand or machine. Of course, all of this takes a lot of time and energy to accomplish on your own.
This is most likely why we see so many RVs on the road today that are in need of exterior care. Of course, the owners most likely fully intend to wash and wax their RV. But the job is so daunting, they just keep putting it off. Or it could be that they plan on hiring someone to do it for them. But the problem is that RV detailing is expensive. So this can easily cause further delays in caring for the RV exterior.
Wash And Wax Your RV The New Way
Fortunately, the good news is that there have been very useful innovations made in products for exterior RV care in recent years. In fact, today many of the newer products encapsulate the outside dirt and grime when applied to the RV. Then the use of high quality microfiber towels or mops traps the dirt and removes it. This is all accomplished without scratching or damaging the outside RV surface. And there doesn’t have to be any water used in this process.
Here is the product that I use to wash and wax my RV(click on the image and check out the amazing reviews from thousands of users):
Just watch the video below to see this newer approach to RV exterior care in action.
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All of those fun times that comes with camping in an RV depends on keeping the engine that hauls your RV in good working order. And it doesn’t matter what kind of RV you own. Somewhere there has to be an engine that gets your RV where you want to go. But how do you avoid expensive RV engine repairs?
Well interestingly, you don’t have to know much about the mechanics of an engine at all. And yet you can have a pretty good idea about how mechanically sound your engine is. And this kind of knowledge is possible because today we can do something called engine fluid analysis. It can tell us a lot of what we need to know about our engine’s health.
How does engine fluid analysis help avoid expensive RV engine repairs?
Let me explain how this works. When you get a physical checkup from your doctor, usually he will take a blood sample. Then he runs a battery of tests on your blood. Those tests will give him a lot of reliable information about how the organs in your body are functioning. It can also tell him whether some kind of health problem is beginning to develop. That way you can avoid issues that could become serious if something isn’t done about it.
Well, engine fluid analysis does essentially the same thing. All that is required is to just take a sample of your engine oil and send it to a high quality analysis center. They will put that engine oil through a battery of tests. And those tests will provide a lot of information about what is going on inside your engine.
The canary in the coal mine
This is because long before engine parts totally fail, there is often some kind of chemical or metal residue that is produced and then found in the engine oil. This residue is kind of like the canary in the coal mine. It can alert you to possible major problems ahead if you don’t address the issue right away. And when it comes to these modern big RV engines, you want to be sure to keep on top of what is going on inside of them. That way you can try to avert big problems before they become really expensive RV engine repairs.
Now a lot of NRVIA RV inspectors will offer an engine oil analysis as part of their RV inspection process. This is often the case when someone is considering the purchase of a motorized RV. And if they offer this service, you would be smart to let them do it. This is because that information is critical to having a complete picture of your RV’s mechanical health at the time of your purchase.
How you can do it yourself
But what about those of you who already have the RV you want? Well, the good news is that you can get your engine oil analyzed anytime you want. And you can even do it yourself!
And here is what you will receive from the fluid analysis company – you will get a long plastic tube that you use to insert into your engine oil when the engine is not running. You also get a hand pump to draw the oil into a small plastic bottle. Once the bottle is filled about 2/3 of the way, you just put the cap on it and fill out some pertinent information about your engine. Then you place the cap and the information form into a mailer and send it off to be analyzed. About a week or so later you will get a thorough report about what those engine oil tests revealed about that engine.
Avoiding RV expensive engine repairs – final thoughts
All of this is very simple to do. And the analysis company has some great videos that will guide you on how to perform all the steps of this process in very clear terms.
Now if you regularly perform this kind of engine oil analysis it can not only alert you to possible major rv engine repairs, but it can also save you money too. This is because the oil analysis will also tell you if the oil is still lubricating the engine well enough to be continue to be used at oil change time or whether you should change it. Some RV owners have extended the life of their engine oil significantly by doing this kind of exact and scientific analysis. It takes all the guesswork out of engine oil changes.
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Hello everyone, and welcome to my RV Inspection and Care website. I’m Duane and I am a certified NRVIA inspector of RVs. So I want to use the knowledge that I have to help you learn more about your RV. That way you can be able to regularly inspect and also care for your RV.
It doesn’t matter what kind of RV you have either – Class A, B, C, travel trailer, 5th wheel or even a pop-up. All RVs need regular inspection along with care and a little maintenance. This insures that they last a long time and are as trouble-free as possible.
On this website we are going to cover it all. You will learn how to inspect and care for all the components and parts of your RV. All the way from the roof to the tires that gets you where you want to go.
RV Inspection – do you have to be a mechanic?
I know that many of you may be saying, hey wait, I’m not very mechanically inclined. So how can this information benefit me? Well, the simple truth is that roughly 80% of the repairs on RVs can be done by the average RV owner. They just need to be armed with a little knowledge and a few basic tools.
Yes, that means that about 20% of RV repairs should be handled by a qualified technician or service center. But getting a quick appointment with a qualified tech or service center is getting harder and harder to do. So doesn’t it make sense to get a little advance knowledge to learn how to do the simple things yourself? That way you can save yourself a lot of money, time and frustration when things go wrong with your RV.
So, I am looking forward to helping you learn about how your RV works and how you can keep it working the way it should. Please be sure to check back often as there will be new content on rv inspection and care every week.