How to keep your Campervan or RV looking nice while on vacation

BY: August Johnson
POSTED September 13, 2023 IN

It’s always a good idea to start every new Campervan vacation with a clean and fresh vehicle. It will not only feel better to live in, but also hold up better with regular cleaning. But what do you do when you’re on a long vacation and your Campervan or motorhome starts to look dingy? Keep reading for some of the easiest ways to keep your Campervan looking great while you’re on vacation.

The Basics
First, establish a daily cleaning routine, tidying up surfaces and disposing of trash regularly. Use doormats and shoe bins to minimize dirt and debris tracked inside. Opt for quick-drying towels and wipes for easy cleanup. Pack a small handheld vacuum for quick spot cleaning. Utilize storage organizers to keep belongings tidy and prevent clutter. Assign cleaning tasks to everyone onboard. When everyone chips in, the RV stays pristine. It can be especially helpful to designate specific areas for eating, and if possible try to eat most or all of your meals outside. By confining your munching to certain spots, you’ll minimize food spills and stains inside the RV. Last basic tip, invest in washable mats and liners to safeguard the floors from any potential spills or stains.

Be Careful About Where You Park
One of the easiest ways to keep your Campervan or RV clean while you’re on vacation is to keep it from getting dirty whenever possible! If you can, avoid parking under trees in the spring and early summer, when they’re most likely to drip difficult-to-remove sap on your vehicle. It might not always be possible, but if you can avoid sap drips it will save you a lot of time and energy cleaning the roof.

Maintain the Wax and Gelcoat
Keeping the wax and gelcoat maintained with regular campervan detailing is an important preventative measure that can help you save valuable time scrubbing away dirt while on vacation. These protective outer coatings help keep dirt from bonding to the surface of your campervan, travel trailer, or RV, making it easier to wash away.

Rinse Whenever Possible
It’s understandable to not want to spend a lot of time cleaning your RV, campervan, or motorhome when you’re in the middle of your vacation, no matter how long that vacation might be. It can be a pain to remember to pack all of the cleaning equipment you need and stop relaxing to give your campervan a thorough detailing job. Luckily, giving your vehicle a quick rinse whenever possible is a quick and easy way to keep your home away from home looking great.

A lot of campgrounds you can stay at will have water hookups for you to use. You can stow an expandable hose in any nook or cranny of your campervan to ensure that you always have it on you, and whenever you have access to a freshwater hookup it’s simple enough to pull the hose out and spray off any dust from the road. If you want to go the extra mile you can even purchase a high-pressure attachment that can fit over a standard hose nozzle. You can find these attachments for under $20, and they go a long way to helping wash away some more stubborn mud and grime.

Consider a Truck Wash
For times when your campervan or RV has collected a lot of extra mud, tar, and difficult-to-clean debris, you might want to consider a truck wash for a bit of extra cleaning power. If you’ve never heard of a truck wash before, it’s essentially the same idea as a full-service drive through carwash, just super-sized for RVs and tractor trailers. You can find truck washes all along major highways and you can usually get a quick and easy wash starting at around $50 when you’re in a hurry.
Keeping your campervan clean while on the road can be a challenge, especially if your adventures bring you off the beaten path. Understandably, you want to enjoy your vacation instead of constantly worrying about cleaning. We hope that some of these tips will help you keep your home away from home clean with less hassle, so you can get back to the best parts of your vacation.


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