RV Wash And Wax In Under An Hour

All RVs get dirty! They are usually outside where the sun and elements can do a lot of harm to the RV exterior. And it doesn’t happen quickly, but over time dirt and contaminants can do a lot of damage. So how do you make sure that you keep a clean RV? How do you add RV paint protection that will last? And how can you perform an RV wash and wax simply and easily in under an hour? Let me show you how!

Waterless RV Wash And Wax

In recent years a lot of advancements have been made in automotive cleaning products. That’s good because in the old days RV cleaning was a chore. You needed a bucket of soap, a soft brush or wash mitt, a ladder, and a water source. Oftentimes the water source was a pressure washer and that had its own set of hazards for your RV exterior.

So for hours, it was up and down the ladder, washing and rinsing the RV. After that you had to dry the excess water on the rig to prevent water spots. And then waxing your RV probably meant applying a wax by hand or machine. And that job could take several hours on its own. No wonder a lot of RVers have procrastinated RV washing and waxing. It’s just such a huge investment in time and energy!

But now, modern products allow RV owners to wash and wax their rig at the same time. And it can even be done without water! This may sound very strange to some, but these products contain special ingredients that make it possible. These ingredients s encapsulate dirt and grime on the RV and lift it off the exterior surface. Then you can use high-quality microfiber towels or mops to remove the contaminants without scratching the RV. Many professional auto detailers are using these kind of products in their business now. And they are very happy with the results!

Also, keep in mind that many RV campgrounds do not want you to use their water to wash your RV. So if you are a full-time RVer, this makes it very hard to clean your own rig the old-fashioned way. But these new RV cleaning products make it easy to complete an RV wash and wax job in just minutes!

Click on the image below to find out how these new RV detailing products work and then read the thousands of positive reviews.

Wash Wax All Waterless RV Wash And Wax

RV Detailing Without Ladders

One of the most tiring aspects of RV detailing has always been going up and down a ladder so much. This is because RVs tends to be very tall, some well over 10 feet high. So cleaning the top of the rig could be a real pain!

But the newer RV detailing products mentioned above can relieve a lot of that extra effort and pain. That is because there is an RV wash system that allows you to wash and wax the RV entirely from the ground. It’s a pole system that is made by the Aero Cosmetics company. It has been used in the airplane industry for years to clean dirty planes from the ground.

In fact, all of their products have been used to clean airplanes for years, even on Air Force One according to the manufacturer. And it has been necessary for their products to meet the requirements of the aviation industry. So they are far beyond what is usually used for detailing RVs and cars. And the pole system makes using these products super simple and easy!

Click on the image below to find out more about the pole system from Aero Cosmetics. It is one of the main ingredients that lets you wash and wax an RV in under an hour! And check out the 5 star reviews too.

Aero Cosmetics Waterless RV Aircraft Boat Wash And Wax Mop Kit with Bug Scrubber

RV Paint Protection that Lasts

RV wash and wax products keep our motorhome looking great.
I use this RV wash and wax method on my own motorhome. It always looks great!

I use all of the products listed above on my own RV and it always looks great. It also is well protected from the elements. But if you want to take RV paint protection to the next level, try applying a synthetic wax as well.

Once again, applying the synthetic wax is very easy if you use the right product. The one I use is a spray-on sealant that is made by Meguiar’s. If you use the pole system and the microfiber mops from Aero Cosmetics, it’s a breeze. It will only take about 45 minutes or less to apply to a clean rig with that system.

This product also advertises that it will protect your paint up to a year. Of course, that depends on how you care for it in between applications. And because you are using the Wash Wax All product, it really can last that long. This because Wash Wax All just layers additional wax protection on the synthetic wax instead of stripping it off with chemicals. So your rig will be constantly protected from the elements. And it will have a slick shine that you can feel!

Click the image below to find out more about the synthetic wax treatment from Meguiar’s.

Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish synthetic RV wax
Duane demonstrates how to use the Aero Cosmetics pole system
Duane introduces the Meguiar’s Ultimate Fast Finish synthetic RV wax

Please comment below and tell us how you wash and wax your RV. We would love to hear from you!

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A Certified RV Inspection – 3 Reasons Why It’s Smart

Buying an RV can be stressful. And if it is a used RV of any type, the stress level only increases. So many questions need to be answered for the buyer. Like has the RV been well cared for? Is there something hidden that could be a major repair? Are all of the important RV systems in good working order?The best way to answer all of these questions is to schedule a certified RV inspection.

An RV inspection is very similar to a home inspection. It gives you reliable information to help you in the purchase of a very expensive dwelling. But it’s also important that the inspection be completed by a certified RV inspector as well. Why is this the case?

A Certified RV Inspection Is Needed – Why?

An RV is a complicated vehicle. And it doesn’t matter what kind of RV you may want to buy. It could be a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome. But all of them have systems that combine together to make the RV self-contained. That is, you can live in them for an extended period of time, often without the need to hook up to shore power or water. And they will even contain your waste while doing so.

All things considered, RVs are incredibly flexible and adaptable. But that flexibility calls for the RV buyer to know something about the condition of various parts of the RV. Like electrical components, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, LP gas, appliances and more. A working knowledge of all of these RV systems are needed to get an accurate picture of the used RV’s condition.

RV inspection - some of the systems inspected
RV inspection – some of the systems that need to be inspected

Of course, there are those who have a good overall knowledge of these subjects. But most RV buyers do not fall into that category. That is why a certified RV inspector can be a big help for them when buying a used RV. They can thoroughly examine all the RV systems accurately and in detail. This is because they have a working knowledge of many different kinds of RVs. And they can provide you with a detailed explanation of each system and its condition. When they are done, you will have a very good idea of the kind of shape that particular RV is in.

An Unbiased RV Inspection Can Save On Repairs

So how can an RV inspection by a certified RV inspector actually save you money? Well, nobody wants to buy an RV that is a money pit. And the outward appearance alone will not tell you how much work is needed. Unfortunately, it’s also often true that RV buyers start to look at certain rigs with rose-colored glasses. That is, they tend to overlook some of the RV’s problems just because of its eye appeal.

So having an RV inspector examine the RV before purchase is a smart move. This is because the inspector is an unbiased third-party that will truly look at the RV in an objective light. Their one and only job is to give you a fair and accurate picture of the RV you are considering. And even if the report is not a positive one, that can save you lots of money in potential RV repairs. And wouldn’t you want to know that before the purchase instead of afterward?

So don’t consider the cost of the inspection as lost money. If everything is in good condition, you now have the peace of mind that you are making a good purchase. And if it is not in good condition the inspection will save you from making a poor buying decision.

Save Money On The RV Purchase

Most of the time, an RV inspection does not reveal major problems. But it can often point out smaller issues that the RV buyer needs to know. And armed with that knowledge, the buyer can then negotiate a better deal. In fact, thousands can be saved on the purchase price with a thorough inspection.

RV inspections can save money
RV inspections can SAVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY!

So when you consider the benefits of getting your potential RV inspected, it’s worth the cost! One word of warning though! Don’t go cheap here and use any old inspector. Make sure that the inspector is certified, preferably by the NRVIA (National RV Inspector Association). That way you know that the inspection will be handled the right way by a qualified professional!

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3 Ways To Make your RV Tires Last Longer

There is so much to be learned about RV tires when you first begin RVing. Things like – What tire weight rating do I need? How much air pressure should I keep in my tires? What RV tire brands seem to be the best? What RV tire inflator should I use?

The list seems endless. But one of the most important things you should know about your RV tires is how to make them last. This is because RV tires will need to be replaced on a regular basis. It’s one of those items that you just have to plan on replacing every so often. Most likely every 5 – 7 years. So if you can make the tires you have last longer, there are clear advantages to be had.

For one, you will be even more safe as you ride down the highway. But if you can extend the life of your tires, you can also save money on their replacement. And who doesn’t want to do that? So here are 3 easy ways you can make your RV tires last longer.

UV Protection For Your RV Tires

The first tip is to use a high quality ultraviolet (UV) inhibitor on the tire sidewalls. One of the worst enemies of RV tires is UV rays from the sun. Over time, they dry out and crack the sidewalls which can lead to tire failure.

In fact, these kind of tires do not usually wear out like car and truck tires. Instead, they usually just age out. And anything that dries out the moisture in the tire sidewalls will make it age faster. So if you want to extend the life of your tires, be sure to use a good UV inhibitor.

One of the best products that I know of for this application is 303 Aerospace Protectant. It is well known for it’s UV protection properties. Just spray it on a clean tire sidewall about once a month and let it soak in for a while. Then you just wipe off the excess. It will only take minutes, but what a difference it can make in the life of your tires.

Just click on the image below to learn more about 303 Aerospace Protectant:

Use 303 Aerospace Protectant on your RV tires

Use RV Tire Covers

If you want to take your tire protection to a whole new level, consider RV tire covers. Whenever your rig is sitting for any extended length of time, it’s a good practice to install tire covers. It only takes a few minutes to do and it’s not a difficult task. And the big advantage of tire covers is that you completely block the sun’s UV rays. Especially if they are high-quality RV wheel covers.

But one word of caution, heat is also another enemy of tire sidewalls. So try to avoid using black tire covers that enhance the heat on summer days. Instead, a lighter color will help reflect some of the heat away from your tires. And that is a good thing!

There many RV tire covers for sale on the internet. Many of them will not last very long. So I am going to share with you the motorhome tire covers that I use. They also come in many sizes and different colors that will fit almost any rig. For my money, they are some of the best RV tire covers available. Just click on the image below to learn more about them.

ADCO 3967 Designer Series RV Tire Covers

Use RV Tire Pads

One more way to help make your tires last longer is to make it a habit to use RV tire pads. Of course, this is not as vital as the other two steps mentioned above, but it does help. That is because tires can sometimes leach the moisture out of the tire into the ground. And this is especially so if the RV sits for an extended period of time. So if you use a tire pad for each tire, it makes that possibility much less likely.

The best RV tire pads are thick and flexible so they can adjust to various surfaces under the tires. You can make your own tire pads very inexpensively by using a horse stall mat as the pad material. Then just cut down the material to whatever sizes will fit your RV tires. I cut mine down to size with just a regular utility knife.

Here is a link to horse stall mats that can be used for this purpose (I personally used the 3/8 thick mat):

RV tire pads
Duane explains 3 ways to help make your RV tires last longer

Please comment below and tell us about what you do to make your tires last longer

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Your RV Water Hookup – 3 Must-Haves

One of the most important skills a new RVer learns is how to get city water into your RV. Then you can use it for washing, drinking, cleaning, etc. So you have to be able to use the RV water hookup in the campground where you are staying.

In most cases, the campground RV water hookup will be a faucet in your campsite. When you connect an RV water hose to the faucet and then to your rig, you are all set. But I am going to show you 3 things that will improve your campground water connection. They will enhance your safety and the safety of your RV. And they can also help make your RV life more convenient.

Must-Have #1 -RV Water Pressure Regulator

The first must-have for your RV water connection is an RV water pressure regulator. Why are these devices needed? Simply because many campgrounds will have a water connection that has too much pressure in the line. And the danger is that if you hook up to this high RV water pressure, you may damage your rig’s plumbing. If that happens, it is usually not an inexpensive repair.

So an RV water pressure regulator makes sure that the water pressure going into your RV is safe. It attaches easily to any RV water hose. Then it regulates the pressure so that your RV’s plumbing will not be damaged when you hookup. These little devices are very cheap insurance against very costly repair bills. So there is no reason why you would not want to use them every time you hookup to campground water. Click on the images below to learn more about them.

RV water pressure regulator with large dial Adjustable RV water pressure regulator

Must-Have #2 – A Water Filter

As we travel around in our RV, we use several campground water hookups. And in most cases, we don’t really know where the water is coming from for that connection. Or what condition the water is in either. And that is why it makes sense to use a water filter whenever you connect to a water supply.

There are several kinds of water filters available. Some are very expensive and some are not. Generally speaking, the more expensive the RV water filter, the more filtration takes place. Also some require a permanent mount in your RV while other can simply be hooked up to your RV water hose.

I have used a very inexpensive canister RV water filter for a while now. You often see these kind of filters being used by RVers in campgrounds. They easily fit any water hose, and they can be set up in just minutes. It is true that there are better RV water filters available. But these RV canister filters do an amazingly good job, especially for the price. They help remove bad taste, while also filtering out odors, chlorine and sediment.

You can always use these inexpensive RV water filters along with other filters as well. So here is the RV canister water filter that I recommend for consideration (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Canister RV water filter

Must-Have #3 – A Dual Water Hose Connection

This next item may not be as essential as the other two for the safety of both you and your rig. But it is a great time and energy saver that every RVer should know about.

I don’t know how many times I have needed to use a water hose to wash something at my campsite. But if I only have a single RV water hookup, it presents a problem. That is because I will have to use the hose that feeds my fresh water system. That in turn means that I have to take apart the existing water connection.

But if I use a dual hose water connection at the campground faucet, everything is much easier. All I have to do is just add another hose to the second connection at the faucet. Then I turn the water on to the second hose and I’m all set to go.

I have gotten such good use out of this arrangement and I’m sure that you will too. Here is a dual water hose connection that you may want to consider (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Solid brass RV water Y valve

Using these 3 must-have items for your campground water hookup will make your RV life easier and safer. Have safe and happy travels my friends!

Duane explains how to make your RV water hookup safer and easier!
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A 50 Amp RV Surge Protector – Why You Need It

A 50 amp RV surge protector should not be optional equipment on your RV. If your RV has a 50 amp service you need to protect it. And as a certified NRVIA RV inspector, I highly recommend the use of a high-quality electrical surge protector. This one purchase alone can potentially save you thousands of dollars in electrical repairs. Let me explain why.

If your RV has a 50 amp service, you most likely have a lot of expensive components that need protection. These could be air conditioners, control boards for a refrigerator, a washing machine, computers, TVs, etc. The whole idea of having a 50 amp RV is being able to run lots of electrical devices. And many can be running at the same time.

What is a surge protector?

Actually, what is often called a surge protector is really an RV Electrical Management System, or EMS. But one of the major features of an EMS is to protect against sudden surges of electricity. Therefore it has become common for many RVers to just refer to it as a surge protector.

However, an Electrical Management System can do so much more than just prevent damage from electrical surges. It essentially monitors the electrical connection to your RV at all times. If it senses that there is any harmful situation, it takes action to protect your RV’s entire electrical system. And by extension it also protects anything that is plugged into that system.

An EMS can protect your RV against –

  • High voltage spikes
  • Low voltage drops
  • Reverse polarity
  • Open neutral
  • Open ground

A simple low-cost good surge protector may warn you that some of these dangerous situations are present. But they do not continually scan for electrical problems. And they don’t take action to save your electrical system and devices by killing the power to them.

Here is an example of a simple low-cost RV surge protector:

Surge Guard 44290 Portable Surge Protector

A high quality RV EMS – why you need it

As an RV travels around, the condition of the electrical service in each campground can vary widely. In some campgrounds, the electrical connection is great. In others, you can encounter potentially serious electrical safety problems at the RV power pedestal. We would all like to think that campground management is on top of these issues. But the plain truth is that the electrical connection we hope for is not always the case in reality.

Lightning is another factor that can harm your RV electrical system and devices. This can be hard to defend against since it is so sudden and can be catastrophic in damage. But a high quality RV EMS can shut off the sudden electrical spike from lightning in an instant. This protects all of the electrical components and appliances in your RV. It may fry the EMS unit, but better that than all of your expensive electronic devices.

Another harmful electrical situation is having the electrical voltage drop too low. This is usually because a campground becomes very full and their sub-par electrical service becomes overcrowded. When this happens, the voltage can drop so low that damage is done, especially to sensitive electronics.

Some of these electrical problems could even result in major damage to your RV wiring. But others could also do significant damage to all the electrical components and appliances that are connected to it as well. So why take this unnecessary risk at all? Why not insure against the worst by using a quality RV surge protector?

The best RV surge protector for your rig

As mentioned above, the best RV surge protector is actually an Electrical Management System. This is because it can give you peace of mind whenever you plug your RV into shore power. Yes, an RV EMS may cost more than a traditional surge protector. But considering the kind of protection it affords, I feel that it is well worth it.

You can get an EMS surge protector that is portable or one that is permanently installed. For most RVers the portable surge protector unit is fine. It is cost-effective and can go with you to another RV should you sell the one you have. Also, if it takes a high voltage hit from lightning, it can be replaced fairly quickly and inexpensively.

There are a couple of major manufacturers of the best quality 50 amp surge protector units. Either one can do a fine job, But I use the 50 amp RV surge protector manufactured by Surge Guard. Click on the image below to find out more about it.

Surge Guard 34850 Portable Model with LCD Display - 50 Amp

Here is another 50 amp Electrical Management System surge protector that is very popular. Either unit will do a fine job. Just click on the image below for information on the Southwire surge guard.

Southwire Surge Guard Portable 50-Amp Surge Protector
Duane explains 50 amp surge protectors and why you need a high-quality EMS

Please comment below if you have had any experiences with RV surge protectors or Electrical Management Systems.

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