Keep Your RV in Good Condition for the Long Run

Any way you look at it, buying an RV is a significant investment. Depending on the model, you can spend a large sum on a new RV so you will want to do everything you can to protect your purchase. Not only is it important to keep your rig in good condition to protect its resale value, but also simply to make sure it is clean and comfortable for you to use as long as possible. While it will be a little bit of work to care for your RV on an ongoing basis, it will be well worth it when you have a beautiful RV to take on vacation year after year.

When it comes to caring for your RV, the small details are the key to success. If you can do a good job of focusing on the simple details on a regular basis so that you don’t fall too far behind on maintenance and cleaning, you should be well on your way to keeping the rig in good condition. However, if you fall behind even on seemingly small tasks, the damage can start to accumulate and the RV might quickly start to show its age. Let’s look at a few of the point that you should pay particular attention to in terms of RV maintenance.

RV In Good ConditionKeep it Covered

The number one thing you can do for your RV’s health in the long run is keeping it covered and protected from the weather when not in use. The best case scenario would be to park it in a garage, but very few people have a garage that will accommodate their RV. Beyond that, parking it under a ‘carport’ style roof will go a long way toward keeping rain, leaves, branches, snow, and more from falling on the RV. It will still be exposed to the outside temperatures and probably a little moisture, but having a roof over top of it will go a long way. If you can’t park it undercover, look for an RV cover that will fit your rig. These covers usually don’t do as good of a job as a regular roof will, but at least you can keep some moisture and elements off of the RV during the off-season.

Clean Thoroughly After Each Trip

You might be surprised at how easy it is to keep your RV clean if you just do a good job of taking care of it after each trip you take. The RV probably won’t get very dirty on just one trip, so stay ahead of the dirt and make sure you clean it properly right away when you get back home. It is only when you ignore this task for several trips in a row when you are likely to start seeing the signs of dirt and wear add up on the RV. If you are able to put together a cleaning routine that you go through after each and every trip, you should be able to get it done pretty quickly and easily. You might be tempted to put off the job, but that is a mistake that you will likely pay for in the long run.

Give the Engine Proper Attention

RV MaintenanceIf you own a motorhome, it is important that you give the engine of the RV as much attention as you do the engine in any of your regular vehicles. Make sure to hit all of the recommended service checkups, including oil changes and other milestone maintenance. As far as resale value goes on your motorhome, the engine is probably the most important piece of the puzzle. A motorhome with an engine that has been properly cared for will be much more attractive to a potential future buyer. Make a schedule in accordance with your manufacturer’s recommendations and stick to it carefully as the miles start to add up.

In reality, it isn’t that difficult to keep up with the maintenance of your RV so that it remains in good condition for years to come. As long as you are consistent in your care for the rig, you can avoid falling behind and letting various parts end up in disrepair. Get off on the right foot as soon as you purchase the RV and keep on track with proper care before and after each trip.

  • We were told by a Jayco service person to never use a cover on an rv. He said that they end up sticking to the sides and damage the decals and paint. He said to store it inside or wax it regularly if it’s outside.

  • There is lots of controversy on whether or not to store an RV under a cover. I’ve heard of lots of damage when high humidity doesn’t have a way of escaping.

  • After covers damaging the paint on two of our RV’s, we opted to instead wax our new one regularly and maintain the roof too. So far so good after six years.

  • I don’t know about other states but we live in Florida and the sun tears up everything.I feel we did the right thing by covering ours.We have seen so many cars and other things destroyed by this hot weather and the sun.

  • I firmly believe in covering a rv as long as you use a breathable tyvek cover. The only thing you need to do is make sore the straps stay night. You need to go out every week or two and tug on them . This will avoid chafing. My RV is 10 years old and looks great. I do however also hand wax it every spring when I uncover and every fall before I cover it

  • We cover ours every year and have done so for the last three rv’s. Key is having a proper fitting cover so that it doesn’t rub or flap against the side. Keeping it cinched tight avoids this. Our covers last only a few years as the sun literally bakes the material but that is better than the paint and fiberglass.

  • Just my $.02 worth, but my idea of maintaining would be to stop between runs and go to Truck O Mat or Blue Beacon truck washes. Have it washed and waxed. They spray wax everything, but if you don’t have it waxed after they wash it, it will fade real bad. Washed trucks at Blue Beacon for years. Learn by experience. I guess now that I’m retired, I’ll have the time to hand wax, but Beacon does a good job with their wax, and it helps the windows and seals. If you have aluminum wheels, they brighten them as part of the wash, the wax job is only a few dollars more. Some places have people out there to chamois is off afterwards.

    • Good idea mark, I just bought my motor home a few months ago and have been wondering where a good truck wash was that washes and wax. Thanks all for the great information.

    • Suggest go to any full service TS and get a location map flyer.
      Most TA’s have the Beacon
      Down load their app. Its free if U travel a lot.


  • We cover ours, and even bought the cover from a Jayco dealer. It has ventilation, never has stuck to the surface of the Travel Trailer, and it looks just like new. Tire covers as well are used to lengthen the life of the tires until we need to buy new next year.

  • I am buying a 2015 sun seeker with only 10.000 miles for $50.000 class c motor home for the first time any thing I should know pls help me.