Whether you think of it as your beach villa, mountain cabin, lake house, office, or even a permanent residence, your RV or Airstream is possibly one of the most expensive investments you’ve ever made. RV care requires all the standard maintenance of a car or truck and so much more. After all, you want to protect your prized possession for years to come. Preventative care can save you a lot of time, money and headache down the road. Below are some of the most important things you can do to keep your RV in tip-top shape.
Inspect the Roof
The old saying “out of sight out of mind” is especially true when it comes to RV and Airstream roofs. They are prone to sun and environmental damage and often neglected until there is a serious issue. When thinking about RV care, it’s important keep your RV/Airstream covered when not in use and inspect the roof every few months. Water leaks can occur through the open seams of the roof edges, skylights, vents or air conditioning, potentially causing extensive water damage and mold issues. Even if you choose to keep your RV covered, it’s vital to apply an appropriate sealant to prevent leaks.
Regular Oil Changes
Most RV’s tend to sit a lot more than your average car so having a regular oil change may not be on the top of your priority list. For routine RV care, it’s recommended to have an oil change every 3000-5000 miles, if the vehicle is used extensively. However, even if it’s not used frequently, it’s suggested that you change the oil at least yearly to prevent excessive wear and tear on the engine. An annual oil change can help save on costly repairs down the road. In addition, remember to change your air, fuel and coolant filters yearly as well.
Keep Your Vents Open
If your RV is unused during the summer, it can become incredibly hot inside. Depending on the climate, the temperature can reach up to 130° F! The heat causes the inside materials to deteriorate, resulting in damage to your seals, floors, wall coverings, etc. Keep your vents open when not in use to promote better airflow and a lower inside temperature. Just make sure your exterior vents are covered to keep the rainwater out.
Maintain Your Wastewater System
It’s extremely important to use proper chemicals for your waste system. Also, make sure that you have adequate amounts of fluid to maintain the system after flushing. Neglecting your RV’s waste system can result in excessive buildup and can cause clogging or even failure of operation, resulting in a smelly, expensive mess.
Polishing & Oxidation Removal
Trailers, RV’s and Airstreams will become significantly oxidized if not polished regularly. It’s tempting to neglect this vital RV care step as traditional methods are extremely labor-intensive. However, with the unique drum-style BuffPro® polisher, your home-away-from-home can look fantastic in about half the time!
BuffPro not only polishes away oxidation quickly, it removes those frustrating swirls and holograms and eliminates light scratches. It also buffs and polishes all surfaces, including metal, stone, gel coat, plastic, and painted surfaces. One tool makes it fool-proof! Curious to see how well BuffPro Works? Watch our quick how-to videos and read some of our testimonials to see for yourself.
Easy All-in-One RV Restoration Kit
To make it even easier for you, we offer an RV Restoration Kit, especially for RV owners. It removes the uncertainty of trying to figure out what you need to do the job and keep your investment looking like new. The kit includes our electric, easy-to-use, drum-style buffer/polisher and:
- SLW Synthetic Lamb’s Wool Finishing Pad
- Polishing Wool Pad
- Heavy Cut Wool Pad
- All-Shine, All-in-One Ultra Fine Polish
- All-Shine, Medium Correction Compound
- All Shine, Heavy Correction Compound
- 3 Red Microfiber Towels
If you already own the BuffPro, you can order the pieces of the kit as you need them. BuffPro is proud to be an American-owned company and offers free shipping anywhere in the continental United States. As always, whether you are a using BuffPro for commercial use or at home, we want you to be completely satisfied. Feel free to contact us today or call 1-800-699-4160 with any questions or to order your kit.