Your RV is a major investment like your house or automobile. To help protect your investment and get many years of reliable service and use from your RV, there are preventive maintenance steps you can take. One is maintaining the exterior of your RV.


Maintaining the exterior contributes to extending the life of the RV and protecting your investment. If you let your RV go, without cleaning it for periods of time, it can be very difficult to get that new look back again.


Here are 5 easy steps to keep your RV looking new:

1) To extend the life of the exterior, wash the RV frequently. If you let bugs, dirt, and black streaks stay on the exterior surface too long it can be difficult to clean and remove. Try to wash your RV after returning from each trip. Use a mild soap that is compatible with the surface of the RV. Use a long handled brush with soft bristles to reach the high areas and a wash glove or mitt for the easy to reach areas. Rinse the area you plan to wash first and always wash from the top down. When you rinse soap from the surface, avoid spraying water in any of the appliance vents.


Tip: There are marine cleaning products that work well on fiberglass surfaces. When cleaning the roof keep the sides of the RV rinsed off to avoid soap residue, streaking and any damage to decals, graphics or the paint finish. Never use cleaners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citric-based acids on rubber or vinyl roofs. 


2) Metal sidewall finishes require more routine maintenance to keep black streaks cleaned from the surface. If black streaks remain on metal sidewall finishes for prolonged periods of time it can be extremely difficult to clean or remove the streaks. When you use commercial cleaners, like black streak removers, always read and follow the instructions for the best cleaning results and to protect the RV’s paint and graphics from possible damage.  Watch a video on cleaning RV black streaks.


3) Removing dead bugs and road debris from the front of your RV can be a real job. The best advice I can offer is to remove the bugs as soon as possible and use lots of water. The water helps hydrate the dead bugs, making them easier to remove. I have had good luck using bug and tar remover products to clean difficult stains and road debris, but nothing replaces good old elbow grease.


4) Waxing or polishing the exterior is a time consuming chore, but it will help extend the life of your RV. Wax or polish the exterior using a quality product formulated for the type of exterior surface your RV has. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Exercise caution when applying wax or polish around graphics on the RV. It’s a good idea to wax the RV when water no longer beads on the surface.


5) As time passes the roof and exterior of your RV begins to show signs of wear, caused by constant exposure to the elements. Ozone in the air and UV rays from the sun start to take a toll on the RV’s exterior. Paint starts to fade and products made of rubber and vinyl start to dry out, crack, and deteriorate. UV rays from the sun make this aging process happen quicker. If your RV is stored outside the only way to protect it from these damaging affects is to keep it covered. Make sure the cover is designed for use on RVs.


These simple cleaning tips are designed to help keep the exterior of your RV looking new, but keep in mind there are other important preventive maintenance steps required to maintain the RV’s exterior. You need to inspect all the seams and sealants on the RV periodically and reseal any areas where the sealant is cracked or separating. If you do-it-yourself make sure you use sealants compatible with the surface you are sealing, or you can take the RV to your local dealer to have it inspected.


Tip: Review your RV owner’s manual for routine and scheduled maintenance and intervals the manufacturer recommends the owner should perform. 


Well there you have it, a nice clean RV until you head out on another exciting RV adventure.


Happy Camping,

Mark Polk

RV Education 101


Image via Flickr/Bureau of Land Management


Arizona has more natural wonders than you can shake a stick at (think Grand Canyon), but here’s one more to add to your bucket list. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a stunning and vibrant vista that you can enjoy from the RV or by foot.


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Hi, we’re Esther & Jacob. We are travel bloggers at LocalAdventurer.com and recently spent three months living in an Airstream. Before then, we had no idea what to expect. We had no experience in an RV and everything we knew was based on what we saw on TV or in movies. Needless to say, we were a bit intimidated! Although we had days that were bumpy, we’re happy to say that we really loved the overall experience. If you’re thinking about RVing or are just embarking on your journey, here are a few tips for you.



Be Thorough

When it’s time to move, you’ll have to pack up your trailer and make sure everything is road ready. Give yourself plenty of time to make sure you’ve put everything away and secured it all. A lot of new RVers will put together a checklist until it becomes habit. The first couple of weeks took a lot longer to pack up, but as we did it more, it became second nature. We definitely forgot to close a drawer or secure a latch here and there, and we learned the hard way why you should always be thorough.


Take Your Time


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RSVP Now For The #GoRVing Twitter Party October 27th, 9PM EST (US Only)

Don’t you just love fall? James and I just got back from a fantastic month-long 3,400 mile RV trip. We love to take our biggest road trip of the year in the fall for so many different reasons; smaller crowds, beautiful weather, changing leaves, etc.

So that’s why we’re excited to host GoRVing’s upcoming Twitter Party! The topic?

Fall RV Destinations!

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday October 27th at 9pm EST (6pm Pacific) for some great conversations about RVing in the fall. Over the course of the hour we’ll cover a variety of topics including destination suggestions, activity ideas, and seasonal events.

And did I mention prizes?!

One grand prize winner will receive a $50 VISA gift card AND some cool Go RVing swag! We’ll also be giving away two more Go RVing prize packs, which each include a $10 VISA gift card plus more of that super fun Go RVing swag. All for partying with us! (Prizing is open to U.S. residents only)

Just What is a Twitter Party?

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter party before, it’s pretty simple and great fun. Think of it like sitting around a campfire and having a conversation with a bunch of friends, only it’s a cyber-campfire so less pressure! From our Twitter page @TheFitRV, we’ll be tweeting open-ended questions throughout the hour that always begin with “Q1, Q2, Q3… etc.”, and you respond with your own thoughts and suggestions by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3…etc.” Plus, you’ll always include the hashtag #GoRVing in your post so we can see your response. Prizes are awarded at random, but here’s a key tip: Consider each of your tweets and responses as sort of an entry for the prizes. So the more you interact, the better your chance becomes of winning a prize!

Sounds Great! How Do I Join?

To participate and be eligible for prizes, just follow these steps:

  1. Follow The Fit RV and Go RVing on Twitter.
  2. RSVP below by leaving a link to your Twitter handle in the comments (ex. www.twitter.com/thefitrv)!
  3. Show up for the party at 9pm EST, which will be hosted on @TheFitRV homepage.
  4. Respond to our topics (and also to other partyer’s responses) always making sure to use the #GoRVing hashtag in each post.
  5. Pay attention to our announcements of winners throughout the hour! If your name comes up, we’ll have you message the Prize Patrol to arrange to collect your prizes.

It’s as easy as that. Can’t wait to chat with you at the party, gang! See you there!


There’s no doubt that one of the best things about RVing is exploring the great outdoors and what better to way to experience the beauty of nature than by foot. It’s relaxing, excellent exercise, and you can see places that are only accessible by trail. From gentle paved trails with handicap access to steep rocky backcountry hiking, no matter your condition or experience, there is something for everyone, even the youngest among us.


From babies to toddlers to teens, we’ve covered the gamut when it comes to RVing and hiking with kids. Along the way we’ve learned a few things and hopefully these tips will make your next family hike one to remember!


Ten Tips for Hiking with Kids

Snacks and Water – If you want to keep the meltdowns away, keep hunger at bay. Pack your child’s favorite snacks – and yours too. We like to pack things like fresh fruit, protein bars, and trail mix. This goes without saying, but don’t forget to bring along some H20 even for those short hikes. A water bottle will do, or if you’re a frequent hiker and your child is out of the sippy cup stage, consider investing in hydration packs, a backpack with water bladders and drinking tube. It makes staying hydrated a breeze and allows everyone to carry a few of their favorite things.

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