RV Bugs And Insects – How To Get Rid Of Them For Good

RV bugs and insects can turn an enjoyable RV outing into something completely different very quickly.

Of course, when you think about it, we often bring our RVs into their domain. After all, camping in nature is something RVers love to do. And that is their home.

But there are ways to keep your RV essentially free of bugs and insects. We are talking about pests like spiders, roaches, fleas, mosquitoes and others.

Keeping them out of your RV is what this article is all about. So lets start with how to prevent their access to your rig in the first place.

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RV Bugs And Insects – What You Need To Do

To really be able to take steps to prevent having pests in your RV, you need to know what they want.

Simply put, they are looking for water, food and shelter. Pretty much like we do in our own daily lives.

So you need to think of ways to deny them access to what they are searching for. And try to make your rig as inhospitable to them as possible.

By doing that you can keep them from ever setting up shop in your RV in the first place.

Prevention Measures To Take

Here are the top recommended measures you can take to prevent pests from making a home in your RV:

  • Keep your RV and campsite clean – this is one of the most important steps to take. Leave no food sitting out anywhere inside or outside the RV. Don’t leave dirty dishes or standing water in the sink. And wipe down all kitchen counters and tables often.
  • Store all the foods that you can in sealed plastic containers. Don’t leave them in boxes. Pests can still get into a box. But sealed plastic containers makes your dry foods unattainable for bugs and insects.
  • Don’t leave your RV door open for long when entering and exiting the RV. If you want to open the door for ventilation make sure that you use a screen door to prevent access for pests. The same goes for RV windows. Use screens that will keep the bugs out.
  • Make a concerted effort to seal up all holes and gaps you can find where pests can get in. This will probably include hunting around underneath the RV for possible entry spots. Gaps can often be found especially where things like electric cords and water pipes are installed. Remember that only a few small gaps can be all that most pests need to get inside. So use things like gap filler sealant to eliminate those gaps and holes.
  • Use natural scents and smells to repel pests. There are plenty of solutions that RVers have found to be effective. These include citrus juice and water sprays, eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil on cotton balls, and dryer sheets. Using more than one of these home remedies is most effective. And you will need to reapply them from time to time as well.
  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around anything that touches the ground outside your RV. This material is deadly to the exoskeletons of many insects. So use it liberally and often. And reapply it, especially after a rain.
How to get rid of RV bugs and insects

What To Do If you Have An Infestation

But what can you do if RV bugs and insects are already infested in your RV?

Well, in that case you will need to bring out the big guns to eradicate them. And don’t go timid here or waste time addressing the problem.

Allowing an infestation to go on for a while can cause permanent damage to some areas of your RV.

So here are a couple of very effective actions to take right away:

  • Insect foggers are very effective. So use the recommended amount for your size RV. Just be sure to use them safely and according to the directions found on the fogger label. And never allow any person or pet inside the RV while the fogger is being used.
  • Spraying a good insecticide along all the bottoms of every wall is also effective to get rid of pests. And don’t forget the inside of closets and under counters. Again, there is a need to be safe in the application of this kind of product. Always follow the application directions found on the product label. But if you feel uneasy about applying an insecticide, you may want to hire a professional exterminator to do it for you. This is the safest option to take.

Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are kind of in a class of their own when it comes to RV pests. Most often they are a problem to contend with outdoors, not inside the RV.

This is especially true in the summertime when you want to sit outside in the evenings. They can turn a relaxing and pleasant experience into an irritating nightmare quickly.

So here are some of the methods for dealing with mosquitoes that have been found to be effective:

  • Citronella candles – if pure citronella is used in the candle wax, these can be very effective to repel mosquitoes. But you may need several of them depending on the area you need to cover.
  • Thermocell patio shields – these are also known to be very effective as a mosquito repellent. Usually only a couple will cover a fairly large area too.
  • A bug zapper – quite a few RVers carry bug zappers with them to lure pesky flying insects away and kill them.
  • Spray repellents like Repel and Off Deep Woods are also effective to keep the little monsters away. Just be sure to follow the label directions to use them safely.
  • An enclosed screen room – this is one of the most effective measures for handling mosquito infested areas. There are easy-up screen rooms that are available online that can effectively fence them out. And they fold down to a very small size for storage and travel too.

RV Bugs And Insects Conclusions

Clearly, there are lots of pests that can make your RV adventures less enjoyable.

But there are also lots of solutions that many RV travelers and campers have found to be effective.

It will take some planning ahead to have everything you need on hand. But most of the pest repellent products listed above do not take up much precious RV storage space.

If you have found pest removal solutions other than what is mentioned in this article, please comment below. If you share your experience, it can benefit others and contribute to their RVing enjoyment too.

As always, have safe and happy travels my friends …..

RV Inspectors – What They Do And How You Can Find Them

RV inspectors – increasingly more RVers are realizing the value of these skilled RV experts when its time to buy an RV.

But there is still a lot of confusion about them as well.

What exactly do they do? How do you find them? How much do they charge? When should you hire them?

These are all great questions that need to be answered. The good news is that I am an NRVIA certified RV inspector and I will be happy to explain what you need to know.

RV Inspectors – What Do They Do?

Probably the best way to think of RV inspectors is to think of them as the equivalent of a home inspector.

In other words, buyers often hire the services of a home inspector before they buy a house. And that inspector goes through the house thoroughly and provides a detailed report about its condition.

Many people these days would not even consider purchasing a home without a thorough home inspection beforehand.

Well, an RV inspector does essentially the same thing, only with RVs.

Why RV Inspections Are Complicated

One advantage that home inspectors have is that their subject doesn’t have to move. It’s only for living in as a residence.

But RV inspectors have to be knowledgeable with more than just the living area of an RV. That’s because RVs are mobile and can travel long distances.

So this means that the inspector has to also be familiar with the mobile components of this traveling home as well. Because it is actually a blend of both a house and a vehicle.

In addition to that, it can often have multiple fuel and power sources. And some appliances can run on more than just one source of power.

For instance, a typical RV refrigerator usually needs 12 volt, 120 volt and LP gas lines to function correctly.

So clearly, RV inspections require experts with specialized training and experience.

What Does An RV inspection Cover?

First of all, it’s important to note that RV inspections do not involve repairing any problems that are found.

That is not the function of the inspector. Instead, the inspector focuses on testing and examining all components of the RV. And the goal is to determine whether they are in workable and acceptable condition or not.

To do this, the RV inspector will go over the RV from the roof all the way down to the tires. The inspection will include every major system on the RV.

These include roofing, plumbing, electrical, safety equipment, waste systems, appliances, and much more. It’s really a time-consuming and comprehensive endeavor!

If a problem is found, the inspector will note it and often take a picture of the issue. Then a brief recommendation about how to address the issue is provided.

And this brings us to the RV inspection report. Because that is what communicates the inspector’s findings to the prospective buyer.

The inspection report readability is absolutely critical for the RV buyer. Because it doesn’t matter how much the RV inspector knows about RVs, if that knowledge isn’t communicated clearly.

What To Expect From An RV Inspection

In addition to a written report that is comprehensive and understandable, the inspector should be available for questions afterward.

Most RV buyers aren’t familiar with all of the components of an RV rig. So naturally, they may not understand some of the report information.

That’s why a good inspector makes themselves available to help answer questions on the part of the prospective buyer. It’s best to save this question and answer session until after the inspection is finished though.

That way the RV inspector can focus on the job at hand while involved in the inspection process.

But here are a couple of insights about what questions an RV inspector can’t answer:

  • Don’t expect the inspector to provide an estimate of the cost of repairs for issues found. RV inspectors are not necessarily RV repair technicians or service people. So any estimate they provide could often be inaccurate. But armed with the information in the report, an accurate repair estimate can be ascertained. Just a few phone calls to local RV repair facilities is usually all that’s needed.
  • The other question RV inspectors won’t answer is “Would you buy this RV?” Of course, that is what many prospective RV buyers want to know. But the answer to that question is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what the inspector would decide about the buying decision. What matters is whether the prospective buyer feels the RV is still worth buying after learning its true condition. So please don’t try to shift the buying decision to the RV inspector.

Qualified RV inspectors – How Do You Find Them?

The best way to find a truly qualified RV inspector is to visit NRVIA.org online. The NRVIA is an organization that trains and certifies RV inspectors.

Once an inspector passes their certification process, they can be recommended by the NRVIA for use by the public.

Then the NRVIA tracks the locations of their certified inspectors nationwide. Then all prospective buyers have to do is visit the organization’s website to find a local available inspector.

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To find an inspector, just click on the link at the top of the page entitled “Locate An Inspector”. On the following page, enter your location and a list of local certified inspectors will be provided.

From there, just contact them and inquire about their availability for the RV inspection. Some may not be available when you inquire. So just expand your search further outward from your location to find one that is available.

In some cases, an RV inspector may not be found easily though. If that is the case, just email the NRVIA or call them at the contact information they provide on their website.

If you explain that you have done all you can to find an inspector, they often can still help further. To do this, they put out a notice to all inspectors in their network for help.

Many RV inspectors are willing to travel since they are RVers too. So they may be willing to come to your location to help out.

What Does An RV Inspection Cost?

I get a lot of questions about how much an RV inspection costs. The answer is that it depends on what the RV inspector chooses to charge for the inspection.

RV inspectors are allowed by the NRVIA to set their own fees and charges. So you may find a fairly wide disparity in what each one charges for an RV inspection.

And there can be quite a bit of difference in how labor and time intensive inspecting different types of RVs can be. For instance, a small travel trailer will not take nearly as much effort to inspect as a 40+ foot diesel pusher motorhome.

Having said all of that, let me provide some general expectations for RV inspection costs.

Larger RVs like big fifth wheels and larger motorhomes can cost on average between $600 – $900 in most cases. Smaller RVs like travel trailers and shorter motorhomes are often less.

You may find an inspector that charges more than the range mentioned above. But you may also find someone who charges less as well.

But there is an important point to keep in mind here. And that is that whatever an RV inspector charges, within reason, will usually save you money in the long run.

That’s because an RV inspection provides a true picture of the condition of the RV you may be considering. And in many cases, the inspection will reveal issues that you would never have known about otherwise.

And very often, the issues found during an RV inspection will give the buyer bargaining power with the seller. So if a repair is found to be needed, you can either ask the seller to handle it or negotiate for a lower price.

Either way, a quality RV inspection often saves the buyer money in the overall deal.

When Should You Hire An RV Inspector?

Clearly then, hiring an RV inspector before you buy an RV is a great idea. But I don’t recommend having them inspect every RV that you may be considering.

If you do, there may be several inspections that are performed before you find the one that is worth buying. And that could get very expensive.

So you only want to hire an RV inspector on the rigs that you are really convinced could be a good candidate for purchase.

Toward that end I recommend that the buyer learns enough about RVs to be able to perform a personal inspection first. This personal inspection isn’t really technical or difficult.

But if you know what to look for, you can spot many serious issues without having an advanced knowledge of RV components.

I explain the whole process of how to perform a personal inspection before the RV inspector is hired in my new ebook. It’s entitled “How To Avoid Buying An RV Money Pit”.

The ebook explains how to find a quality RV, how to personally inspect the ones you like, and how to hire the RV inspector.

There’s really nothing that I know of available online that compares with the information in the ebook. And I also make myself personally available to help you with any questions you may have.

And if you aren’t sure about any part of the personal inspection process, I’ll be happy to help.

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RV Inspectors And Inspections

I hope that you can now appreciate the value of having a quality inspection before your next RV purchase.

If you get a certified RV inspector to do a thorough job on the prospective RV, it can be helpful in many ways.

Fisrt of all, if there are plenty of hidden problems with the RV, the inspection may help prevent you from buying an RV money pit.

Some RVers have spent many thousands of dollars on repairing problems with uninspected RVs they bought. But a thorough RV inspection helps prevent being surprised by hidden problems after the purchase.

And if issues are found during the inspection, it gives you more bargaining power before the purchase.

Finally, when you buy an RV that has been inspected and found to be worthy of purchase, it puts your mind at ease. You can now have more confidence that the purchase you are making is a good one.

So before you buy your next RV, get it inspected by an NRVIA certified RV inspector. You’ll be glad you did!

The Best RV Accessories For Travel And Camping

It’s time for us to share some of the best RV accessories that we have found so far.

RV living is very unique and different from stationary, “sticks and bricks” life.

So it requires a whole different set of accessories and useful items to make RV life easier and more enjoyable.

So here is a list of some of our favorite RV accessories and gear that we use all the time.

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Best RV Accessories #1 – RV Water Softener

If you travel a lot in your RV, it’s important to use a portable water softener. It can help protect your RV pipes, faucets and appliances.

This is because a lot of campgrounds have hard water. And hard water leaves harmful deposits that build up inside your pipes and appliances.

Over time, the buildup reduces their effectiveness and can eventually lead to potentially expensive repairs.

So using a portable water softener can minimize these issues. And it can even make your soaps, shampoos, and cleaning liquids more effective too!

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Accessory #2 – 90 Degree Water Elbow

Many campgrounds have a water faucet that is located very low to the ground. And this can make it hard to attach a water hose to the faucet.

So the solution is a small metal 90 degree elbow that attaches to the faucet. Then your water hose can easily attach to the other end of the elbow.

This helps keep the hose nice and straight without kinking.

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Accessory #3 – Velcro Ties

Sometimes the simplest little items can make a huge difference in life. And velcro ties are definitely some of the best RV accessories that we have come across.

We use them all the time for various reasons. In fact, their use is only limited by your own imagination.

Sometimes we use them to organize power cords and computer cords. But I have also used them to keep my water hoses stored neatly.

We also use them in cabinet door handles to keep the doors shut as we travel down the road.

And we have used them to keep our awning tie downs from flapping in the breeze.

And if using just one is not long enough for your purpose, just add more!

There are so many ways that these simple little helpers can be useful in RV life.

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Accessory #4 – Traffic Cones

Traffic cones are usually considered to be just a safety item. And it’s true that they should be in every RVers arsenal for that reason alone.

For instance, if your rig breaks down on the road, you can use them to warn oncoming traffic.

By spacing them out on the side of the road you are warning other drivers of the upcoming problem. This allows them to move over before reaching your rig.

But we have also found that traffic cones can be helpful for other purposes too.

One example is that some campgrounds allow you to choose your own campsite when you check in. So new arrivals are all driving around to claim their site, often at the same time. We like to do that in our car instead or our full rig.

So we often use a traffic cone to claim a site we want until we can get back and set up our rig. This makes sure that we don’t lose the site we want to someone else in the meantime.

But traffic cones are also great for anyplace where you park your rig and want to leave space to exit easily.

For instance, we have seen RVs parked at stores and places of business. Then other drivers unknowingly park too close to their rig and prevent them from leaving.

But using traffic cones, you can claim enough space around your RV to prevent that from happening.

Of course, there are other great uses for traffic cones in your RV travels too.

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Best RV Accessories #5 – Water Pressure Regulator With Gauge

An unfortunate side effect of RV travel is the variations in water pressure that you encounter.

Some campgrounds have very low water pressure that only produces a trickle at your inside faucets.

Others have very high water pressure that can endanger the plumbing in your RV.

So a water pressure regulator is a necessity for RV travel. But most regulators you see don’t give you much information about the water pressure you are facing.

So how do you know whether the regulator is actually doing its job or not?

I prefer a water pressure regulator that has a gauge that is easy to read. And one that allows you to manually adjust the pressure up or down.

So if you have low water pressure, adjust it upward. If its high water pressure at the outside faucet, adjust it downward instead.

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Accessory #6 – RV Battery Maintenance

There are more choices available now when it comes to RV batteries than ever before.

But the good old wet cell lead acid battery is still the most popular choice among many RVers.

That’s because it really is proven technology that just works. And it comes at the lowest price of any RV battery type you could choose.

But the one thing you have to remember about lead acid batteries is that they require regular watering. And this is an area where some RVers are not sure about what to do.

But the whole battery watering process is made super easy with an RV battery water filler.

Just fill it with distilled water and put the nozzle in the open cell when the cap is removed. Then press down on the nozzle and it will automatically fill that cell with water up to the correct level.

Then just remove the nozzle and replace the cell cap. It really is that easy. I can usually water my battery bank of 4 wet cell batteries in just 10 minutes.

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Accessory #7 – A Portable Screen Room

RVers that have smaller rigs often appreciate having a little more living space at the campsite.

But RVs only have so much room inside. And awnings are great, but they don’t protect you from bugs and insects. So what do you do?

Well, one way to get that extra space is to carry a portable screen room in your travels.

It will provide weather protection while also sealing out annoying bugs and insects if you are in a warm climate.

It essentially creates a comfortable living space outside your RV that can be set up and taken down as needed.

And they can fold down into a very small space for travel.

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Accessory #8 – Walkie-Talkies

More damage is done to RVs while getting into and out of campsites than almost anything else.

And if you have a partner who can serve as a spotter for the driver, that’s a big help.

But how do you communicate well since the spotter can be several yards away from the driver?

Well, some RVers use a series of hand signals, and that can work well to a point. But the best way is to communicate by voice over walkie-talkies.

Some may use cell phones instead, but what happens when your cell service isn’t good?

The beauty of walkie-talkies for RVing is that they are always usable wherever you go.

And they are also great for hiking trips you may take while visiting an area in your RV.

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Accessory #9 – RV Shower Organizers

RV showers are notoriously small and cramped. And they often don’t have a lot of room for shower soaps and lotions either.

And if you have a family using the shower it can get difficult if everybody has their own favorite shower products. Where do you store all of those liquids and bottles?

Well, the good news is that there are shower organizers that easily dispense up to 3 separate soaps and lotions.

They easily mount securely to the RV shower wall and stay in place even while bouncing down the road.

And since they take up very little space, you can install more than one on the shower wall. This allows each person to have their own favorite shower products on hand when they shower.

When the liquids get low, just fill up the shower dispenser again. Easy, peasy!

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Best RV Accessories #10 – Earthquake Putty

Traveling down the road in an RV subjects your rig to small earthquake forces.

So all experienced RVers know that they have to store all their little knick-knacks and shelf items before they travel. Otherwise, they are probably going to have a mess when they they get to the campsite.

But there is another solution too, and that is something called earthquake putty.

It’s a flexible putty that you can place on the bottom of the small items in your rig. Then place them on a shelf or table and the putty will hold them securely in place as you travel.

This means that you don’t have to keep going through the cycle of storing them each time you travel.

Just put the earthquake putty on the item, secure it to a flat surface, and you’re done!

And if you want to remove that item or move it around just twist it and the putty releases its grip.

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Accessory #11 – Instant Pot

RVing is more enjoyable for many people when you keep things simple and uncomplicated. And the Instant Pot does just that.

If you like to be on the go while visiting an area in your RV, the Instant Pot is great for that.

Just prepare the ingredients before you leave for the day and toss them in when you get back. Because the Instant Pot uses high pressure for cooking, your delicious meal will be ready in no time.

And there are so many recipes on line that are quick and easy to make. Pinterest alone has an almost unending supply of great-tasting recipes.

It’s also small and compact and easily stows away when not in use. So it really fits in well with RV life.

Many full-time RVers we have met use the Instant Pot regularly. And I haven’t met anyone yet who was dissatisfied with it.

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