RV Ants? Get Rid Of Them Now

It may seem that RV ants have their own classification as they seem to just appear from nowhere. And before long they just take over your RV. When that happens, camping is no longer fun! But whether it is carpenter ants, sugar ants or some other kind of ants, they have to go.

But how do they get into your RV anyway? The truth is that there are plenty of little cracks and holes in most RVs. And ants are persistent! The colony sends out scout ants first. Their job is to go find the food. Once the food is found, they leave a scent trail for other ants to follow. Before you know it, you have a steady stream of ants coming and going in your RV.

What kind of ant remedy should you use?

There are lots of ant remedies being discussed all over the internet. Some work well and others, not so much. Of course, many campers turn to using some kind of insecticide in the RV right away. But there can be problems with this approach. If you have children or pets, it is possible for them to be harmed by the poison in the insecticide. And even adults can be affected, if the ant poison isn’t applied correctly.

So today, we are going to discuss mostly natural remedies for ants instead. They can be just as effective and don’t have the harmful side effects of insecticide poisons. Some of these natural ant removal techniques take a little work on your part. But they are also very effective!

Remove the RV ants food source

The first ant removal technique is to simply remove the food source. Ants are not out there just marching around to find a camper that they can irritate. Although it may seem that way at times. Remember, that scout ants are always on the lookout for food. Only when they find food will you see the rest of the colony in your RV. So it stands to reason that if you remove the food source, they will leave you alone.

This means that you can’t leave food sitting out where it is easily found by the scout ants. So when your meal is over, put the leftovers away as soon as you can. And don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink very long either. Of course, it is tempting to leave them for later. But the ants may get to them before you do!

And if you have food along on the camping trip that ants love, protect it! That means that if it is going to be outside the refrigerator, put it in a container that can be sealed. There are several plastic containers for sale that are ideal for storing foods in this way. Especially foods that are sweet should be sealed away from sugar ants and other prying insects.

Thoroughly clean your RV

After removing the food source, clean your RV thoroughly, especially where the ant trails are visible. This is the extra step that many campers do not take. But it is critical if you don’t want to see any more ants!

The reason for this cleaning is to remove the ant scent trails that were left for ants to find the food. If you just remove the food source, the ants will still keep coming in for a while. This because the scent trail for food is still in place. So, if you remove the ant scent trails, you reduce your ant problem significantly and quickly.

Many campers use a product called Pine-Sol to clean their RV. This is because Pine-Sol effectively destroys ant scent trails right away. The ants may still come in your RV for a while but they find no scent to follow. So they become disoriented and usually leave.

Use ant bait liquid

The use of ant bait liquid is very effective in removing ants. There are several brands of ant bait liquid on the market. But one of the most popular is Terro ant bait. It is the product that we have used in our motorhome and it worked great! If you look into Terro ant killer containers on Amazon, you will see that the product is well reviewed. And the reviews are very high too!

I use and recommend Terro ant bait containers. Find out more about it by clicking the photo below:

Terro liquid ant bait containers for removing RV ants

It works well because it contains borax, which is lethal to ants. However, Borax has very low toxicity for humans and other animals. So, it is more of a natural ant remedy. The ants are attracted to the borax ant killer in the containers. They ingest it and take it back to the colony. The colony ingests it and is wiped out. No more ants!

All you have to do is just place the ant bait in strategic areas. These could be in cupboards, cabinets around the kitchen area, along known ant trails, etc. If you use the Terro ant bait containers, they are simple to distribute and there is no mess.

Kill RV ants outside

All of the ant removal remedies I have mentioned so far have been inside the RV. But why not stop the ants from coming in to your RV in the first place? Ants must have a way to get into your RV and there are only a few ways to do that. RVs usually only have contact with the ground through the tires, leveling jacks or hoses. So as part of your regular RV inspection, include these areas where ants can gain entry to your RV.

A product that has worked well to kill ants outside is diatomaceous earth, or DE for short. DE is sold in pool supply stores for use in pool filters. It’s a white or gray powder that is very fine and is lethal to the skeleton of ants. So if you apply DE around anything that touches the ground from your RV, it can be very effective. Ants often approach the diatomaceous earth, sense that it is harmful to them and just back away. But if they don’t back away, it kills them quickly.

There are plenty of other ideas for getting rid of RV ants, but these are the ones that have been most effective for us.

Duane explains how to get rid of your ant problem right away

Please comment below and tell us about your experiences with ants in your RV

Your RV LP Gas Detector – Is It Working?

Your RV LP Gas Detector is one part of the life safety devices that your RV has on-board. Along with fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, LP gas detectors are essential RV safety equipment. And that is why inspecting these devices regularly is one of the most important RV inspections you can perform.

How Do RV LP Detectors Work?

Everyone knows that propane gas has a distinct smell. The problem is that by the time your nose recognizes that smell, you could already be in danger. So an RV LP gas detector is designed to sense excess propane or butane in the air before you can even smell the gas.

This gives you the opportunity to take potentially life-saving action right away. You should immediately shut off the propane at the tank valve to prevent further build-up of gas. Then you can begin to air out your RV to remove the danger. After this, you can begin to determine where the propane leak is coming from and have it repaired.

How To Inspect Your RV LP Detector

Since it is critical to have these LP gas detectors in good working condition, you need to inspect them regularly. The first inspection you should make is to find out how old the detector is. These devices have a 5 – 7 year life span of effectiveness. So if your detector is expired, change it right away.

Then once a week or so check to make sure that it still has power to operate. You can do this by making sure that the green light on the front of the device is on. Anything other than green requires immediate attention. Once a month you should perform a more thorough inspection of the device’s sensor. To do this, use a butane lighter or torch to emit small amounts of gas near the sensor. You should hear the alarm sound within seconds if the device is working properly.

Watch this video for more tips and information on RV LP detectors

Please comment below about any experiences you have had with your RV’s LP detector

RV Exterior Paint Protection – Fast & Easy

The best RV exterior paint protection goes well beyond just washing and waxing your RV at regular intervals. So if you want the best results for your RVs exterior, more is needed.

Best RV Exterior Protection – 3 Steps Needed

Your RV’s exterior surface could be made of fiberglass, gel coat, aluminum or just full body paint. All of these surfaces need some form of regular cleaning and protection to last a long time and look their best. So to accomplish that you will need to do these things in order:

  • Wash your RV
  • Wax your RV
  • Then apply paint sealant (or other long-term synthetic protection) to your RV

Of course, if your RV exterior has been neglected for a while you may need to prepare it beforehand. In other words, if you see fading and/or small scratches on the outside of your RV, some form of surface correction is needed first. This can be accomplished with a good RV polish or RV compound that is applied either by hand or machine.

Why Is RV Paint Sealant A Good Idea?

Modern paint and exterior products for autos and RVs provide protection from the elements and UV damage from the sun. But some forms of protection last longer than others. In general, RV waxes only last a few months at best. Paint sealants can be used on almost any surface that can be waxed and can even be applied over wax. They can then extend the protection of the RV wax, up to a full year or so. RV ceramic coatings are high-end products that can last for years but they are very expensive to apply, especially on large RVs.

So the sweet spot for RV exterior paint protection in terms of both cost and results is using a high quality RV paint sealant. At least that is my opinion. And they can be exceptionally easy and simple to apply.

What Do I Use For Paint Protection On My RV?

In other posts on my website I have explained that I use a product called “Wash Wax All” to both wash and wax my motorhome. But I also apply a paint sealant or synthetic wax to extend the effectiveness of that protection even further. The paint sealant that I use on my RV goes on incredibly easy and can last up to a year.

You can read about the RV paint sealant that I like to use by clicking on the image below:

Meguair's Ultimate Fast Finish RV exterior paint protection and paint sealant

If you want to see how easy it is to apply this paint protection product, here is a video where I demonstrate using on my motorhome:

Please comment below and tell us how you protect the outside of your RV

Keep My RV Cool – How?

If you are asking how do I keep my RV cool, you are not alone. Keeping a cool RV in the summer when you are boondocking or unplugged from shore power is a challenge. But it can be done.

Why Keep a Cool RV?

Caring for your RV the right way involves keeping a cool RV because heat is an RV enemy. It can cause a lot of the rubber and plastic inside your RV to dry out and crack. It basically sucks out the moisture in many of the wood products as well. Not to mention that it can make the RV owners crabby and irritable!

Of course, summer heat can also damage the exterior of your RV too. And the best piece of advice there is just to try and find some shade where you can set up camp. But the inside of your RV is where heat can silently do damage over time. So RV inspection includes doing your best to kep your RV cool!

Beat The Summer Heat – Here’s How!

YouTube is a great source of information for RVers. And finding information on how to keep a cool RV is is only a click away. So here is a video from a YouTube creator that I follow regularly that will help explain what to do when it is warm outside and you are not using your air conditioner. He explains how just a few small changes can make a big difference in the inside temperature of your RV.

The channel is called “Love Your RV” and the content creator is Ray. He also has lots of other videos about RVing that are very helpful and informative. He and his wife have been traveling in their RV for several years now and they have a lot of wisdom to share. I enjoyed this video and I hope you will too.

Please comment below and tell us how you keep your RV cool

RV Wash And Wax – Quick And Easy

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):

Wash and wax your RV with Wash Wax All

Just watch the video below to see this newer approach to RV exterior care in action.

Please comment below and tell us how you wash and wax your RV