Top 5 Tips & Tricks for Mobile RV detailing
April 3, 2014
Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It is time to give your recreational vehicle a good mobile RV detailing as you plan for those nature trips, reunions and beach parties. Surely you and your family would love to travel in style and comfort in a clean and detailed RV, wouldn’t you?
What is Mobile RV detailing and why is it necessary?
Some people think that just hosing the exterior of their RVs and vacuuming the interior is clean enough. Unfortunately, such cleaning methods will not get rid of deep-seated dirt and grime, oil and microorganisms that can damage your RV’s exterior and interior. Worse, those can even threaten you and your family’s health and safety.
Mobile RV detailing can remove all those hazards and more as this process does not only clean the exterior and interior of your vehicle. It also includes cleaning the engine and under chassis as well as restoring the gleam and polish of your RV’s paint by removing surface contaminants that spraying or hosing alone cannot get rid of.
Does mobile RV detailing seem like a daunting task? Well, it can be, if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeves. Below are some tips to help you out.
1. Consider the time and the weather: Choose a warm morning, preferably before 8 am, to do your Mobile RV detailing. Remember that RVs are really big – you need to finish cleaning and waxing the whole thing before the sun gets too hot. Otherwise, the cleaning solution might dry up or water spots may form. Both should be avoided because these can eventually damage the exterior paint of your vehicle. Plus, doing the detailing in the morning ensures that the engine is cold, thus, safe enough to clean.
2. Cover sensitive areas: Use plastic to cover the alternator, air intake, spark plugs, electrical connections and filter. This is to prevent water and oil remover from seeping in and causing damage to the engine.
3. Keep all detailing products close at hand: Here’s what you’ll need to minimize detailing errors:
- Bug remover
- Tar remover
- Car wash soap (don’t use detergents as this can damage paint)
- Glass cleaner
- Wheel cleaner
- A long garden hose
- Rubber gloves
- Brush with long handle for hard to reach areas
- Towels for drying
- Car wax
Another tip: Transfer the cleaning solutions in small containers. Be sure to label accordingly. Put these in a small bag or basket that you can tie around your waist. This will free up your hands and save you a lot of time from walking back and forth from your RV to the storage area.
4. Clean the water system: Have you cleaned the interior but still notice a musty smell inside? Check the water system. It may contain water from your previous exploration. Drain the water heater, low point water lines and the tank as well. To ensure that your water system is clean, put a few drops of bleach, fill the tank with water and leave for 10 minutes. Drain it again and turn the pump and faucets on to flush the bleach out of the system. Turn off the pump and leave the system for 12 hours before you refill it with clean water.
5. Call the experts: Too much work? Don’t have time for mobile RV detailing? Then, call the experts. Opt for steam cleaning which makes the entire process of cleaning your RV faster and more efficiently. And since this type of detailing uses just a pint of water, you’ll be sure that you won’t be adding up to the environmental degradation.
If you still find mobile RV detailing to be a tough job, schedule an appointment with experts who have the right tools, materials and skills to detail your vehicle.
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